Thursday, June 2, 2011

Free Will and Total Depravity

The free will that fallen man has is not truly free, unregenerate man lives a life enslaved to sin, death, and Satan. a slave does not have free will, although in some areas a slave may be free to make decisions, he does not have free will. I am an Arminian, but lean towards Classical Arminianism which fully accepts total depravity. Fallen man cannot do anything that leads to salvation, fallen man cannot make a choice to be saved.

Billy Birch, a gentleman and a scholar states,

"This fact is supported by various scriptures, notably, a “corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit” (Matt. 12:18); we that are evil, how can we speak good things? (Matt. 12:34); we cannot come to Christ Jesus except when drawn by the Father (John 6:44); the unregenerate mind is not subject to the law of God, nor has it the innate ability to do so (Rom. 8:7); and we have no innate interest into spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:6-14): “To the same purpose are all those passages in which the man existing in this state is said to be under the power of sin and Satan, reduced to the condition of a slave, and ‘taken captive by the Devil’ (Rom. 6:20; 2 Tim. 2:26).”'

It is only by the Holy Spirit that men are freed and led to salvation

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