Saturday, April 30, 2016

FREE TO SEEK AND CHOOSE GOD?  by steve finnell

Do men have the free-will to seek and choose God? Yes, they do. God does not select some individuals for salvation and then choose all others to rot in hell? No,men have free-will. If men do not have free-will how can they possibly read and understand Scriptures? If men do not have free-will why did Jesus tell His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature? (Mark 16:15) 

Joshua 24:15 "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (NKJV)

Men are free to choose God or reject Him.

Judges 6:10 'Also I said to you, "I am the Lord your God ; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But you have not obeyed My voice." (NKJV)

All men have the free-will to obey or disobey God.

1 Kings 18:20-21......21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him." ....(NKJV)

The children of Israel had the free-will to choose.

Matthew 23:37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. (NKJV)

If Jerusalem was not willing, then they obviously had free-will.

Acts 15:16-17 'After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle  of David which has fallen down. I will build its ruins, And I will set it up, 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all theses things.' (NKJV)

Every Jew and every Gentile has the opportunity to seek the Lord.  Salvation through Jesus Christ is available to all who seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)

Men could not seek God if they did not have free-will.

If Men did not have free-will they would not need a Savior; because their sins would be committed through no fault of their own.

Satan does not cause men to sin. They have free-will.

God does not cause men to reject Him or His Son Jesus Christ. Men have free-will.

God does not cause people to believe the gospel and obey the terms of pardon. They have free-will.  


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