FREE WILL

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

THE BIBLE SAYS…

DEUTERONOMY 30:19-20

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

JEREMIAH 29:11-13

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

MARK 8:34-35

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD, IN HIS SOVEREIGNTY, GAVE MAN THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE: The free will of man is God’s gift to mankind that makes possible our receiving of every other gift from Him.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HUMAN BEINGS HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCEPT OR REJECT GOD’S WILL: Many scriptures show that God’s will can be defied by man.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:1

WE BELIEVE SIN IS THE RESULT OF MAN’S OWN SELFISH AND EVIL DESIRES, DEEDS AND CHOICES IN DEFIANCE OF GOD’S WILL: Mankind is justly held morally accountable because it is in the power of man to intend to obey, or to deliberately disobey God.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

WE KNOW THAT THE ONE TRUE AND HOLY GOD CANNOT FORGIVE SIN WITHOUT THE PENALTY BEING PAID: On the cross, Christ payed the penalty of our sin that is demanded by God’s justice.

“Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” 1 Corinthians 15:3b 

WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD CANNOT FORCE A GIFT ON ANYONE: Salvation can neither be earned nor merited – it can only be received as a gift from God.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

WE ACCEPT THAT GOD WILL NOT FORCE ANYONE TO LOVE HIM OR TO ACCEPT HIS LOVE: True love can only come voluntarily from the heart.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

WE REJOICE IN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE GOD: God Himself has determined the conditions of salvation. He has given us freedom of choice.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12