A must read for all Calvinists is the book “No Place for Sovereignty” by R.K. McGregor. It is one of the best reads on reformed theology I have ever read thus far, and that includes The Potter’s Freedom by Dr. White.In his book, McGregor demonstrates a fundamental flaw with Arminianism’s idea of free-will and actually destroys the very concept it tries to protect. This argument not only refutes the free-will idea, but it also establishes a wonderful platform to accurately present and describe the reformed position on anthropology which is often grossly characterized by those not in the community.
“The most serious problem here is that this form of spontaneity is indistinguishable from a chance event. We need only ask ‘what causes the will to choose one way rather than the other?’ If it is not caused, it is purely random, if it is caused to act then it is not free from causation”. From this, he goes on to point out that if it is not caused then its unpredictable and random. And if it random, it is not something that we can hold man accountable. Random chance events do not have a responsible guilty party. Not only this, but contradictions could arise from this interpretation of the will of man like, “Hitler was a perfect person who did evil things”. Since his actions are not caused by his character and person, they are pure chance. Therefore, he could be a perfect person with bad luck. Either way, he would not be responsible for his actions if had un-caused, autonomous free-will.
This speaks of an inability. The will is not free to please God. It is UNABLE to do that. And that is because it is enslaved to the state of being a natural man.
As we see, this is the only way we can judge one’s actions and hold men accountable for their actions; their willful actions that is.