Monday, November 14, 2016

DO MEN HAVE FREE-WILL? by steve finnell

Do men have the free-will to reject or accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? Some believe that God has predetermined those who will be saved and those who will burn in hell for all eternity. The truth is all men who hear the gospel preached can accept it and be saved or reject it and be lost. Men do have free-will.

 Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.(NKJV)

All men have free-will.

John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you  that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (NKJV)

Why would Jesus condemn men for not believing; if in fact it was through no fault of their own?

 All men have free-will.

Mark 1:15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand . Repent, and believe in the gospel."(NKJV)

Why did Jesus command men to repent and believe if it was impossible? You do not have to ask men to repent if they are forced to believe.

All men have free-will.

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."(NKJV)

Why would God's wrath abide with men whose only choice was to not believe in Jesus?

All men have free-will.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

Why would the apostle Peter tell those on the Day of Pentecost to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins if they had already been selected for salvation through no choice of their own?

All men have free-will.

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and these things shall be added to you.(NKJV)

Was Jesus confuse when He told them to seek the kingdom of God? How can men with no free-will seek God's kingdom?

All men have free-will.

Luke 13:34 "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 brood under her wings, but you were not willing!(NKJV)

How could Jerusalem have been unwilling if they did not have free-will?

All men have free-will.

Matthew 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying . 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.(NKJV)

No person can be deceived unless they have free-will. Adam and Eve could not have been deceive by Satan except for the fact they had free-will.

All men have free-will.

Luke 24:47 "and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name  to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.(NKJV)

Why would Jesus say repentance would be preached to men who could not repent. How can men repent who have no free-will?

All men have free-will.

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he says:"All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient  and contrary people.(NKJV)

It is impossible for men to disobey if they have no free-will.

All men have free-will.

Acts 13:45-46.....46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.(NKJV)

You cannot reject the word of God unless you have free-will.

Al men have free-will

Acts 17:30 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, (NKJV)

Why would God command men to repent if they did not have the free-will to comply?

All men have free-will.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

Why would God condemn men for not believing if they lacked the capacity to believe?



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