“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his path.”
“The king’s heart is in the [H]and of the LORD… [H]e turneth it whither soever [H]e will…” (Proverbs 21)
“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by hum at his will.” (2 Timothy 2)
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6)
“For sin shall not have dominion over you…” (Romans 6)
“Know ye not, that to whom yeyield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6)
“Being then made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6)
We have presented before you, for your consideration, seven (7) passages of Scripture that plainly refute the fallacious doctrine and the misunderstanding of free will. The early philosophers of Greece and Rome philosiphied over this subject of the will. The early church fathers wrestled with this notion of free will. Like many principles that are thought to be deep, dark, and difficult, the Inspirered Library of the LORD presents as something simple to behold and understand.
We have listed seven (7) (Seven (7) is the Biblical number of perfected-ness, and completion) passages of Scripture that denote the “Bondage of the Will.” Scripture mocks the idea of free will.
We will give you examples of the bound will: *The hardening of Pharoah’s heart, *The disobedience of Jonah, *The Maleficence of Haman, *The leading into temptation of the Caananites (Joshua 11), *The forbidden missionary travels of Paul, The Forbidden prayers of Jeremiah and on and on it goes. Free will, in the sense that the world thinks free will is is a fallacy.
There are many natural and supernatural things and entities that hinder free will: Weather, Circumstances, Conditions, Institutionalization, Sickness, Inabilities, Finances, Geography, Personal Status, Emotions, Other Persons, Carnality and the Lust of the Flesh and the Pride of Life; the Immutable and Sovereign God and the lapdog of God, the devil.
“Of [H]is [O]wn will begat [H]e us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of [H]is creatures.” (James 1) and then, we learn the devil blinds the minds of unbelievers and he is able to take them captive at his will. We also are told, ” [we] were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Reader, Wherein the above truths does one, being intellectually honest, find any mark or mention of man’s free will? The objective observer must step back and look in on the human race and confess mankind is not free but is bound and burdened, being the servant to the above and aforementioned natural and supernatural things and entities.
I concede that man has freedom within certain bounds but even in that, he is still bound by outside and inside forces and powers from on high and powers from below. Man is at liberty to satisfiy his penchants and predelictions to and for SIN. It is always the hour and time to sin freely, there is no doubt, but to be at liberty regarding wants and wishes, man can be bound. In terms of eternal pleasures and satifactions, there is no will or knowledge at all to take hold of faith. There is no will, there is no understanding that leads to a willingness to approach holiness and righteousness. There is no spiritually cognitive apparatice in man to presuppose one’s condition of spiritual deadness, lest God initiates and regenerates the spirit; the spirit that is in man. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of [T]hy power…”
Simply put, we are servants to selfishness and wantoness in our own selves or we are servants to sin and (s)atan or we are in service to the Saviour. This is how the world is my beloved reader. As Joshua said, we are those that will happily and rewardedly serve the Saviour.
Yea, One of the dumbest thoughts or views a person can have is the fallacy of channelling or directing one’s own destiny.
Mike Tyson said it well, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
Other examples and/or thoughts :
*Man plans his way and God laughs. As I said before: *God is the Scientist and we are the specimen in His petri dish; *God is the Director and we be His chosen acting stars; *God is the Potter, we are His clay that is made into vessels of mercy and others are His vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction; *God is the Captain of our Salvation and we are His chosen soldiers that endure hardness with an eye to His Glory; *God is the Adult Collector and we be His articulate Action Figures; *God is the Head and we be the many members of His Body; God is the Govenor and we are His governed.