Free-Will Destroys Free-Will

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 free-will position is often used to support accountability. It is argued that if man does not have total autonomous free-will then he cannot be held accountable for his actions, echoing Paul’s objectors in Romans 9, “but you shall say to me, why does He still find fault, for who can resist His will?” However, McGregor demonstrates how the free will position actually destroys accountability when one defines that “the will is free to follow or resist whatever option the mind presents”.
“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. 
What this brilliant argument also provides is the opportunity to provide a Biblical understanding of the will of man. The reformed position is not that man does not have a will and does not make choices. Man clearly has a will. However, a mans will is the dependent upon his character and nature. He does what he wants. The will is influenced by who the man is. A sinner will freely and willfully choose sin. Therefore the wil is bound. The will is not totally free. The best analogy ever used was by D.A. Carson. He described how a hungry lion, when given the choice between a plate of raw meat and a plate of cooked broccoli, will always choose the meat. This is not because he was “puppeteered” or compelled. He still made a choice. However, he is a lion. Lion’s eat meat. Therefore his will was not influenced by an external force, but by its very own nature. In the same way, humans willfully choose according to their nature. Romans 8:6-9 makes this clear.
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. 

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