Question I Was Asked:
Does Our 'Freewill' Mean That We
Can Resist God's Call?
Here is the question:
'I am a little disturbed. I just heard
a statement from my pastor that is bothering me to the
He said, "God is the only one with
free will, we do not have free will by the way." It was a passing
statement in the middle of a discussion about faith. I have not
had the chance to ask him about it, and I can not get it off of
my mind. Is it possible that I am taking this out of context?
This pastor is as fundemental "Bible" based teacher as I have
ever come across.'
Okay. Let us clarify this matter. Do we
have 'freewill (or, 'free will'), and if so, can we therefore
resist God's elective call to us?
Scriptures are clear that God has given us freewill and that we
have been given genuine choices and, in fact, we are frequently
advised to make the correct choices. Of course, it is perfectly
true that God already knows the end of all things but we need to
be careful and ensure that we also state that our decisions in
this life are completely
already decided!). The Bible constantly stresses that our
decisions and choices in this life are meaningful! I am sure your
pastor is a very good guy and means well but there is a very very
simple way in which we can see that God has truly given us
freewill, or 'free will' if you prefer. There is evil and
suffering in this world as a result of decisions taken by Adam
and Eve because God gave them freewill. If we deny that,
then God Himself caused the pain
and suffering in this world. It is actually essential that we
recognise that mankind has been given freewill - as even Calvin
insisted that we must recognise. And Here is an article which
considers this matter:
Are Our Choices In This Life Meaningful?
However (and this is a pretty big
“however”), I need to point out that some theologians
have used the topic of 'freewill' entirely differently. They
apply it to our calling as believers and some of these people, of
an Arminian frame of mind, insist that when God calls us - that
is, gives us an 'elective call' - we may decide to resist that
call and we may resist it because of our "freewill" - but that
is an entirely unbiblical sense of 'freewill' - numerous
Scriptures show that God's elective call
cannot be resisted. So it is just
possible that your minister was discussing this sense of
'freewill' and (in that case) it would be quite accurate to say
that when God calls us we become subject to His irresistible
Here are some articles which show that
God's grace cannot be resisted (which is the
Can the Elect Be Deceived, Or
Saved, Always Saved?
Hope that this clarifies things for you a
Robin A. Brace, 2006.