Who is Lying? The Lord Jesus Christ or the "Free Willers"?
The Arminian, or “free will” belief that “I chose of my own free will to believe the gospel” ALWAYS ends up creating direct contradictions to other clear statements the Lord Jesus Christ made.
If your theology ends up contradicting other clear Scriptures, then it is your theology that is wrong, not the King James Bible.
IF the “free will” - “I chose to accept Christ” position is true, and just one individual whom the Lord chose to save from before the foundation of the world or whom “Christ wanted to save so badly but couldn’t because they rejected his offer” (Arminian speak) is lost, or refuses to come, or rejects Christ as his Saviour, then that means that the Lord of glory himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, LIED when he made these statements -
Our Lord tells us in John 4:34 “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me AND TO FINISH HIS WORK.”
During his high priestly prayer as recorded in John 17 he prays “I have glorified thee on the earth: I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK WHICH THOU GAVEST ME TO DO.”
And as most of us know, his final words on the cross, where he in fact redeemed his people, were “IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so THE SON OF MAN QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL.” John 5:21
“ALL that the Father giveth me SHALL COME TO ME; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
"And THIS is THE FATHER'S WILL which hath sent me, THAT ALL OF THEM WHICH HE HATH GIVEN ME I SHOULD LOSE NOTHING, but should raise it up again at the last day." John 6:39
“As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” John 17:2
“Father, I WILL that they also WHOM THOU HAST GIVEN ME, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovest me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24
God hides things from some, and reveals them to others, and it is all according to His will. Matthew 11:25-28
25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because THOU HAST HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, AND HAST REVEALED THEM unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, AND HE TO WHOMSOEVER THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM."
If a single person whom Christ WILLED TO QUICKEN, and WILLED TO REVEAL THE FATHER and who HAD BEEN GIVEN TO HIM by the Father can be lost in any way, and never comes to Christ for eternal life, then Jesus Christ is a liar as well as a failure, and he is not qualified to be the Saviour of anyone.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are one of those whom the Father chose in Christ before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-6) He drew you to himself (John 6:44), called you by name (John 10:3), worked in you "both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13) and gave you both repentance (Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25) and the faith to believe in him as your Saviour from sin. (Romans 12:3; Philippians 1:29; Hebrews 12:2; Ephesians 2:8)
And all this was “NOT of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:16)
Who are you going to believe? The Lord Jesus Christ, who not only spoke the truth but IS the Truth, or the “Free Will Fantasy Club” who think that it was their part to contribute their “will” or their “choice”, their “decision” or their “faith” in order to make the redemptive work of Christ of any effect, - even though the last words of the Lord Jesus were “It is finished”?
Why is this such a “tough call” for so many professing Christians today?
A Christian is not elect because he believes the gospel; A Christian believes the gospel because he is elect.
For further study on the Electing Grace of God see -
Did you choose God, or did He choose you?
Free Will - the Cause of Sin!
2 Peter 3:9 - "not willing that any should perish"
1 Timothy 2:3-5 "who will have all men to be saved"
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world"
1 John 2:2 "the propitiation...for the sins of the whole world"