If “free will” theology is true, then -
1. NOBODY was in fact actually redeemed or reconciled to God by the substitutionary death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Lord Jesus failed to do what he said he came to do, and he lied to us by saying the things he told us.
Before you go ballistic, (or maybe after you do) continue to read the following arguments.
Most Christians today do not believe in the doctrine of election, even though it is clearly taught throughout the Bible in both the Old and the New Testament.
Instead, they tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for everybody.
The huge problem with this view is that they do not really believe that the death of Christ actually redeemed or reconciled ANYBODY to God.
According to "free will" theology NOBODY was actually redeemed by the blood of Christ or reconciled to God.
If they are consistent with their beliefs, then they would have to admit that Jesus Christ only made a "possible" or "potential" redemption. It is (in their view) of no real effect until that "missing ingredient" is added to it from THEM.
They think that they have to have faith in order to make it of any real effect. Otherwise his death was in vain and to no real purpose.
"Limited Atonement"? or "Particular Redemption"? See this 2 and 1/2 minute Youtube response by Charles Spurgeon. Which side really limits the atonement? According to free-will Arminian theology, the death of Christ actually saved no one!
In Ephesians 1 and 2 it clearly tell us that those God chose in Christ before the foundation of the world and predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself were IN Christ when he died and IN him when he rose again from the dead.
That is a historical event. In fact, it is the most important event that will ever take place in the universe.
“Chosen in Christ”
In no uncertain terms God tells us in his book that “HE HATH CHOSEN US IN HIM (in Christ) BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; HAVING PREDESTINATED US unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, ACCORDING TO THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS WILL, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6
And when exactly were God’s chosen people actually redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb? This same book of Ephesians goes on to explain in chapter 2:4-10 -
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, HATH QUICKENED US TOGETHER WITH CHRIST, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 AND HATH RAISED US UP TOGETHER, AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
The plain truth of Scripture is that God chose his people before the foundation of the world IN CHRIST, and that we were IN CHRIST when he died and we were raised up TOGETHER WITH HIM when he was raised, and we are now seated in the heavenly places IN CHRIST JESUS and that we are GOD’S WORKMANSHIP created in Christ Jesus.
HE did the work; not us. We had NO part in it at all. It was done and finished before we were even born into this world.
No where in these passages of holy Scripture do we read a single word about the vaunted “free will of man” or his “decision to follow Christ” or even of him “placing his faith in Christ.” It is ALL of God.
What is recorded in Ephesians 2:4-7 is true of every Christian and redeemed child of God. If you were NOT there in Christ when he died, and when we were quickened together with Christ, and raised together with him, then you are no Christian at all and never will be.
And that faith the “free willers” talk about, was actually given to us, along with repentance, so that we can know and believe in what God had already done for us at the cross.
See “Why do some people have faith (believe) and others do not?”
But this God given faith changes nothing of what actually took place at the cross of Calvary where our Lord laid down his life for the sheep (John 10:15), loved the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25), and gave his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).
It was at the cross where our Lord FINISHED the work he came to do. - “and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, AND TO FINISH HIS WORK.” (John 4:34)
During his high priestly prayer as recorded in John 17:4 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)
"free will" theology is a false, carnal, “natural man’s” (1 Corinthians 2:14) religion of “will worship” (Colossians 2:23).
It attempts to take credit for something that God did in and for his people when he gave us the faith to believe, and it ends up making Jesus Christ a liar when he said things like -
“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)
“For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them; EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL.” (John 5:21)
“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)
If someone whom the Father HAS GIVEN to the Son, and whom the Son WILLS TO QUICKEN, and is among the ALL that the Father gives to the Son who WILL COME, is in any way capable of “rejecting the offer” or “does not accept” or “will not come”, then there are only two possibilities.
The person who refuses to believe and does not “accept Christ” (a phrase found NOWHERE in the Bible) was NOT among those whom the Father HAD GIVEN to the Son to give eternal life to, and they were not among those the Son WILLED TO QUICKEN, nor among the ALL that the Father gives to the Son who WILL COME, but instead were NOT chosen by God and are NOT among those whom Christ died for.
OR… Jesus Christ flat out LIED TO US when he said these things.
There is no other alternative.
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)
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein HE HATH MADE US ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.” (Ephesians 1:6)
ALL of grace, believing the Book - the King James Holy Bible,
William Tyndale - A strong "Calvinist" before John Calvin!
William Tyndale believed not all who attend church are numbered among the elect. Only those chosen by God make up the true church.
“There shall be in the church a fleshly seed of Abraham and a spiritual; a Cain and an Abel; an Ishmael and an Isaac; an Esau and a Jacob; as I have said, a worker and a believer; a great multitude of them that be called, and a small flock of them that be elect and chosen.”
While many contend that election is a dangerous doctrine to be feared and withheld from people, Tyndale held the complete opposite. He believed this divine truth emboldens the preacher because it ensures the ultimate success of his preaching ministry. No matter how hardened man’s heart may be, Tyndale insisted, sovereign election guarantees the reception of the gospel:
“When Christ is … preached … the hearts of them which are elect and chosen, begin to wax soft and melt at the bounteous mercy of God.”
In summary, Tyndale believed that sovereign election exalts God as worthy of all honor. This truth sets God apart from man and above him. God is not subject to man’s wisdom or will. This truth of unconditional election exalts God as the supreme ruler over man:
“Why does God open one man’s eyes and not another’s? Paul (Rom. 9) forbids to ask why; for it is too deep for man’s capacity. God we see is honoured thereby, and His mercy set out and the more seen in the vessels of mercy. But THE POPISH can suffer God to have no secret, hid to Himself. They have searched to come to the bottom of His bottomless wisdom: and because they cannot attain to that secret, and be too proud to let it alone, and to grant themselves ignorant, with the apostle, that knew no other than God’s glory in the elect; THEY GO AND SET UP FREE-WILL WITH THE HEATHEN PHILOSOPHERS, AND SAY THAT MAN’S FREE-WILL IS THE CAUSE WHY GOD CHOOSES ONE AND NOT ANOTHER, CONTRARY UNTO ALL THE SCRIPTURE.”
Tyndale affirmed that sovereign election glorifies God, humbles man, initiates salvation, and honors Scripture. This doctrine gave Tyndale great confidence in all his endeavors as he was reliant upon God for all things.
If you are interested in learning more about God’s electing grace to his people, see
“Did you choose God or did He choose you?”
“Free Will - the Cause of Sin!”