Theological Term of the Week: Free Will

This week’s term: Free Will – Webster’s definitions:  “1. Freedom of decision, or of choice between alternatives. 2. The freedom of the will to choose a course of action without external coercion, but in accordance with the ideals or moral outlook of the individual.” Rightly understood, these are both Bible and Baptist doctrines and can be held affirmatively. However, the common Arminian argument for this term today is that in the fall, man’s will was somehow insulated, so that he may make choices without regard to, or restraint from, his fallen nature. This is absolute heresy. 

Last week’s term: Antinomianism – Anti (against) nomia (law). The teaching of antinomianism is that whereas Christ is glorified by putting away our sin, the more we sin, the more glorious He becomes in His work of salvation. Therefore, we actually cause the grace of God to abound by sinning.

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