Today's version of free will is a combination of what was taught us by the fall of Lucifer and Adam. Lucifer's main objective was to de-throne God and thereby preserve himself. Adam sought to preserve his own interests (mainly Eve) by testing the Lord; today we would call it "calling your bluff" as if to force God to back-off His promise of death to any who ate of the Forbidden Tree. If Adam had been successful then God would be just as 'de-throned' as Lucifer had intended. But the final results are in, Lucifer will eternally reside in the Pit and mankind is hopelessly depraved and separated from God unless and until He chooses to intervene on behalf of those He has chosen to receive life via Christ and His Gospel.
The lure, the enticement, the lust for "man's free will" to be true continues to overwhelm men. It is like putting on 'blinders' to keep the light of the Word from striking the heart. It drives men to the point of insanity as they demand their "right" to a free will. It is impossible for them to understand that were 'free will' true then there would be no Sovereign God. Man would indeed be the master of his fate, demanding eternal bliss from a god that they, by their declaration of independence from him, have declared does not exist. They also do not understand that such a free will as they claim to possess would, by definition, make null and void the 'free will' of all other men because they must be subject to the one primary owner of free will---that person's "self." This is a classic "god-complex" as for anyone to have a truly "free will" it must supersede ALL other wills, which is exactly the case of the Sovereign Creator.
The results of this notion of free will are evident in the 'social movements' of the past several decades. The "god is dead" nonsense of the sixties spawned other 'movements' like feminism which has been instrumental in the demise of the family and now firmly seated in the LGBTQ dumpster. The kissing cousin (pun intended) of abortion was quick to follow resulting in nearly 60,000,000 babies being murdered in the name of free will ("it's my body, I can do as I please"). All the while the "gay movement" (I've never seen a happy "gay person", their adoption of this term was a purposeful deception to hid the underlying misery they subjected themselves to by their free will chose of choosing aberrant sex acts in an effort toward some sort of satisfaction, which they never achieved; those that have been freed from this abomination can readily testify to this). The afore mentioned 'misery' is not exclusive to the 'gays' but is seen in all who participate in the ongoing 'sexual revolution' begun many years ago and thriving today more than ever in every form that man can imagine. But God delivers His chosen ones from their sins (Eph. 2:1-9).
The scene in the world is bad enough, so what of the church? It is worse, much worse. The church is supposed to be the bastion of truth, the one that holds up the Word of God in the face of all opposition, even to the death of those holding forth His Truth. Such is far from the norm. Instead, we have capitulating churches and their leaders who, in their own free will wisdom, have opted to mock God, change His Word to fit their fantasy de jour, and present a person they claim is the "savior of the world" but that never "saved anyone" nor is capable of the same. Their new found hero is an imposter, just like the hero prophets of today's pulpits. The church abdicated it's position as standard bearer in favor of the all-pleasing compromise we see today and that is why the above mentioned 'movements' continue unabated and even thriving in what passes itself off as a "church" today. This is the fruit of the doctrine of man's free will that is wrongfully presented as the "gospel truth" in nearly every pulpit in the land. No doubt God has reserved His faithful "7,000" as He did in Elijah's day, and hopefully not all are hidden from view.
James 1:13-16 is helpful in understanding the "mechanics" of sin. V.14: "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." Often, this is seen as each individual temptation and resulting sin, as it should be. We lust after entirely too many things that we should not and get ourselves into trouble (James 4:1-3). But perhaps there is something else that is just as helpful and that would be the underlying and ultimate motivator for our lust: the desire and necessity of being "in control." The heart, being as deceitful as it is (Jer. 17:9) will never allow this possibility to be considered because an honest examination would expose the evil of the heart and that is something only the Holy Spirit can properly do. The heart, in and of itself, is incapable of seeing itself in anything but the best light. It knows no humility, nor can it by itself, and that is why it screams for it's "right" to a free will, to be 'in control' and subject to no one, especially not God. In all this self deception about a supposed possession of a 'free will' the heart has made itself a slave to sin and it will NEVER realize this fact apart from the intervention of God. So who is the robot now, Mr. Arminian? Who is being "unfair" now, Mr. Arminian? The heart is being unfair to it's own best interests by suppressing the truth of God's Word, lying to itself about it's supposed capability to choose God, and making some glib "decision" to 'follow Christ' without ever seeing the true nature of the heart that is telling all of these lies to itself. And yet there is unmitigated gall in some to accuse God of be an unfair tyrant. That is insanity!
Thank you, Lord for teaching us Your Word. We are in dire need of you every moment of every day.