Free Moral Agency and God’s sovereignty

 

 

Introduction

If we are to believe as Christendom does, that God knows everything, knows that which has happened and will ever happen and that nothing we can do or say as believers or non believers can ever surprise God because he knows how everything will endthen “free will” as a theory is completely negated. Dwell on that for a moment, for that is the only scientific and (few would believe it) scriptural conclusion one can draw to for the question - do we have Free will?

 

Christendom for the most part does not understand or believe in the sovereignty of God. If it did, the doctrine of “free will” would be thrown to the wind. You just have to BELIEVE THE SCRIPTURES! Few even know what the term “free will” actually means although Christians will argue for or against it at the drop of a hat. To even begin to discuss whether one can obey God or love him of his own “free will” it is necessary to give thorough consideration to its actual definition. Rest assure, there is no greater power than God. Nobody can thwart, intervene, change, mutilate, screw up God’s plan!  He’s totally sovereign! That man has a “free will,” destroys the sovereignty of God.

 

There are numerous scriptural reasons that verify the above assertions but none are more telling than the fact that;

“the carnal mind (that’s the natural mind, the one that was created by God- and but do not think that it says the evil mind or the despotic mind or the perverted mind, but carnal and carnal means natural fleshly- mind of man) is enmity ( which mean deep seated hatred- hates God)  against God, for it is not subject to the (spiritual) Law of God, neither indeed can it be(made subject):” (Rom 8:7)  

After all did Jesus posses such a natural ability to obey His God and Father, without a cause?

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, [truly, truly—what Jesus is about to say is the Gospel Truth!] I say unto you, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF…" (John 5:19).

Can we obey our Lord Jesus Christ, without a cause?

"I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING" (John 15:5).

"WITHOUT ME YE [‘ye’ means ‘ALL of you’] CAN DO NOTHING"

The only way (if you have a carnal mind) that you could become obedient to the spiritual law of God is, IT’S GOT TO GO! It’s got to go, because naturally of itself it hates God, it hates His law and it’s not subject to it, and can’t be, it’s not even possible! How does this carnal mind go….by our own ‘free will’? Not if you believe the scriptures…… what a dilemma.

That Christ told his disciples to obey his commandments and choose to do right there is little doubt. That we have to put off the sin that so easily entangles and run the good race - cannot be debated. The issue is this. HOW do we do all this, that we might be counted as good and faithful servants? Of our own “free moral agency”……or is there a deeper work in us being done here, a higher “work” that is hidden to all those beguiled by the phantom theory of free will?

 

 

“Free will” defined

Let’s set something straight, right from the beginning. God created mankind to make choices, we make millions of choices.  The average human being makes, at least, a couple of thousand specific choices every day, whether you know it or not, thousands every day. The carnal mind that hates God, (that is not subject to His law) is perfectly capable of making choices.  But that is NOT what free will is. Now is free will, making a choice?  Let’s look at the definition of choose.

Choose - ‘To select from a number of possible alternatives.’ That’s what choose is.  You look at something, your brain says I can do this or that.  So you just select what you preferwhat is choice?  You select what you prefer!
  
If by ‘free will’ we mean ‘the ability to choose’, then a simple laptop computer has some kind of ‘free will’ What Modern Christendom as a whole teaches is this, if you have free-will, you have what is in effect ‘free moral agency’.  Meaning you have the ability to freely select between what is morally right and sinfully wrong. We all make choices, you select between which one you prefer. We’re talking about not only choices, but ‘free’ choices.  So let’s look at the word free.


Free - ‘not determined by A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G beyond its own nature or being’. - ‘not controlled by obligation or the will of another’.  There it is.  Free, not determined by ANYTHING.! No external causes. Life in a vacuum. That’s true freedom.

Now let’s look at the word ‘will.’  


Will - ‘the mental faculty [mental faculty - an inherent power or ability, any of the powers or capabilities possessed by the human mind, the ability to perform or act] by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action.’ ‘Will’ is your choice or your decision of what you want to be or do or think or go or say,  remembering  ‘free’ is not subject to anything or anybody.  

Now let’s look at the phrase ‘free will,’

Free will  ‘The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or even divine will.’  Not just to choose, it must be free choice.  Free - not determined by anything.  What then is free will?  The ability to choose- that’s not enforced upon you by anything!Choice’ is not something that is ‘free’, it is simply -what you prefer.  

Free will - freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention. Now that’s pretty strong language.  Does any human being that ever lived, have such a power!?  Well the whole human race says, yes.  Now, so here’s what free will is - freedom from constraint, freedom from external circumstances, freedom from fate, freedom from divine will, freedom from divine intervention, freedom from prior causes.  So free will is something, but no one can explain how it is or how it works.

But it is something that you have, that you can make choices and decisions, that have ‘no’ cause.  Well then, why did you make it?  Well theologians don’t know, they’ll say I decided to.  Is the ‘I decided’ the free will or is that me or some other enmity now?  How many enmities are at work here?  Only one.the carnal mind” (Rom 8:7)

 

 

Causation: Everything has a cause!

“Every Cause has a Effect;  every Effect has its Cause;  everything happens according to law;  Chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law.”  

 “The Principle of Cause and Effect-embodies the truth that law pervades the universe; that nothing happens by Chance.”

 “Chance is merely a term, indicating that a cause existed, but not recognized or perceived.  That phenomenon is continuous and without break or exception.”  

Since the first scientist propagated the idea that the first edict of the universe is for every effect, there had to be a cause all scientist since have never found an exception to that rule!  Never has anyone found an exception to that rule, EXCEPT Christian theologians. ‘Socrates Law of Causality,’ today called ‘The Law of Cause and Effect.’  It is nearly 25 centuries old and it was one of the reasons that Socrates was put to death.” Einstein said, that:

 a human can very well DO what he wants, but cannot WILL what he wants.” 

You can choose what you desire, what you want, how can you do that? The human mind has the ability. It can gather information and data and analyze it and make decisions regarding it.  It can do that, there is no doubt that it can do that.  But that it can do that without a cause, is unscriptural  and demeans the very sovereignty of God.

Everything has a cause.  Your thoughts, your choices have a cause and the second you take away the cause, you don’t have a choice.  So the idea, that you have a freedom that has no cause to make choices, is illogical. It is NOT POSSIBLE! We can make choices, but we can not originate them.  Choices are what is presented to us - the sunlight through the window, the air from the fan, the light from the fixture, people in a room. All these things cause us to make choices.  They cause us to look around the room, they cause us to interact, they CAUSE us to do all these things.  Nothing that we do or think or say is being done without a cause!

We are no better that anyone else!  Except by the grace of God, that is the only reason!  Why don’t we all have leukaemia?  The grace of God. Why aren’t we all blind?  - the grace of God.  Are there blind people? Yes.  Why isn’t it us?  Grace of God, no other reason. God determined who we were, when we would be born, where, and under what circumstances.  He already knows what sins we would commit, what sins we wouldn’t commit. Why?  Because God is sovereign, that’s why.  He is in control of everything!  He is everywhere and he knows the end from the beginning!

We came out of the mind and creativity of God!  But as God’s creation, as God’s invention, we wear out grow old and die. Where is the free will in that?  Free will yourself out of that one. So perhaps we cannot do all that we ‘will’ to do or be all that we ‘will’ to be…there are obvious flaws in the ‘I can do what I like’ argument.

"And Jesus said unto them, all ye shall be offended because of Me this night; for it is written, I shall smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered" (Mark 14:27 & Zech. 13:7).

The disciples all said that they would remain loyal to Jesus but at the time of his arrest and trial, but they all disowned him. Was there a reason for God causing the disciples to will loyalty to Jesus and then in the same night to will to deny Jesus? Does God do anything in vain without a reason? This was all part of their conversion process. God totally humiliated them by proving to them that their own will was not free to do what they wanted, but that

"…it is God [not man] which works in you BOTH TO WILL [God causes us ‘to will’] and TO DO [God causes us ‘to do’] of His good pleasure" to bring about His intentions (Phil. 2:13).

Who was in charge of all these circumstances, which caused the disciples to change their wills? Why God, of course. They did not want to change their wills. They did not desire to deny their Lord and Saviour. They did not wish to make liars and fools of themselves. They did not want to be shown that they were all cowards. Well then, why did they change their wills if they did not wish to change their wills? Were they free to not change their wills? No, they were not free. The fear inside of them caused and made (and yes, FORCED, if you will) them to change their will.  And Jesus Himself told them that they would change their wills, so how pray tell could it have been otherwise?

Yet some are so spiritually stubborn that they will still insist that the apostles did not need to change their wills, that their wills were yet free to stay loyal in the face of these fearful circumstances. When we argue with God like this, we demean Him. God has a plan, and God brings about His plan. God is not stupid. God knows exactly how to cause man (all mankind) to do exactly as He plans for them to do.

 

 

Gods stated will…..Plans or intentions?

Few students of the Scriptures have learned the truth regarding God’s stated WILL and His PLAN or INTENTIONS. They are clearly not one and the same. They operate completely differently for different purposes. God’s will is used both as a noun and a verb. As a noun, God’s will is virtually synonymous with His GOAL. It is usually not too hard to tell in Scripture whether the word "will" is used as a noun or a verb. In the Scripture we just used to show that things only happen "if God will," it is used as a verb. And whenever God uses His will as a verb, then it absolutely will be fulfilled and carried out at the time and place that He wills it.

If, however, God is speaking of His will as a noun, meaning His ultimate goal, then it does not immediately come about in totality at the place and time that He states it. A perfect example of God’s will as a noun and it not coming to total fruition at the place and time stated, is in what is popularly called "The Lord’s Prayer."

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:9-10).

Not too many would argue that God’s kingdom and His will has not totally come to this earth as it is in heaven. This is a goal—it will happen, just not at this time. And so man’s will is almost always at variance with God’s stated will as His ultimate goal for the human race. But God’s day-to-day willing of events to carrying out His plan is never ever contradicted or thwarted by puny man. Paul understood this principle perfectly.

Did Pharaoh have free will for example?

"For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion" (Rom. 9:15).

Just who is in control in this statement, puny man or God? Man’s will is not free to contradict what God says He WILL DO.

"So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but OF GOD that shows mercy" (Ver. 16).

What puny man "wills" has absolutely nothing to do with what God WILL DO.

"For the Scripture says unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show My powers in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore has He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens" (Vers. 17-18).

God has not changed, God still wants mankind to resist Him. But Pharaoh (just like the rest of humanity) is too weak and soft to resist God. So what does God do? Two things:

  1. "And I will harden [Heb: qashahto make hard] Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth Mine armies, and My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth Mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them"

After God hardens Pharaoh’s heart [makes it harder than it was], and Pharaoh resists God’s will and refuses to let the Hebrews go, God then puts greater and greater plagues upon Egypt until even hard-hearted Pharaoh gives in and lets the people go. But notice what God does after this.

  1. "For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in. And I will harden [Heb: chazaqto make strong and courageous] Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so" (Ex. 14:3-4).

Pharaoh was naturally too soft of heart to resist letting the Hebrew’s go, and so God hardened his soft heart so that he would resist and would not let the people go until God first made a great display of His strength to the Egyptians. And after Pharaoh did let the people go, God wanted Pharaoh to try and follow after them and kill them. But this time we find that Pharaoh’s heart was too weak. And so again, God strengthens and gives courage to Pharaoh’s weak heart, and Pharaoh charges after Israel only to be totally defeated by God in the Red Sea.

Well, there it is. How hard is that to understand? But who will believe it? From Pharaoh’s birth until his death, God had a purpose for Pharaoh’s life, and God controlled every aspect of it. Pharaoh had not "free will" in any of these events. God changes not; He operates the same way in everyone’s life. You will either be a vessel of honour or a vessel of dishonour, and it is ALL UP TO GOD!

So God has mercy upon whom He will have mercy and whom He wills, He hardens. But when I tell people that this is how God operates, they find fault with it. They say that isn’t fair. They say we are mere puppets if this is the way God operates. How can God blame and punish people for doing what God Himself caused them to do in the first place? The Apostle Paul got the same carnal-minded criticisms of God’s plan:

"You will say then unto me, Why does He [God] yet find fault? For who has resisted His will [Greek: boulema—‘resolve, purpose, a deliberate intention’]?" (Rom. 9:19).

This is an amazing Scripture. This Scripture shows the difference in attitude between those who understand God’s plan and will and those who do not.

After explaining to the Romans that God raised Pharaoh up for a specific purpose in God’s plan, Paul foresees the attitudes of his listeners. They will reason that if God is the One behind our actions, and we are totally incapable of doing other than what He determines we will do, then WHY DOES HE FIND FAULT WITH US WHEN WE SIN?

First it is most important that we look at and understand the word translated "will" in Rom. 9:19. It is not the usually Greek word, which is translated "will" hundreds of times in the New Testament. This Greek word boulema is used but twice in the Bible, here in Rom. 9:19 and in Acts 27:43 where it is translated "purpose."

So the question that Paul is setting up is not "…who has resisted His will?" but rather, "who has resisted His purpose [His plan, His intention]?"

To the question, "…who has resisted His will?" the answer is: EVERYONE! But when properly translated, to the question, "who has resisted His purpose?" the answer is: ABSOLUTELY NO ONE!

God has a will and God has a plan and purpose to reach that will. And no small part of reaching His desired will is to set men against His will, just as He did with Pharaoh. But no one has ever hindered God’s plan and purpose in reaching that goal and stated will. God’s will, will be done in His time.

So back to Paul’s questioners: If God causes us to do what we do, and no one ever has or ever can go against or resist that purpose of God, why does He blame us when we sin? And again, let Paul answer, since the question was directed to him. But you know what? Paul does not even deign to answer their question. That’s right, Paul proposes the question and then does not directly answer it. He considers the very question itself too demeaning, if not blasphemous to answer. Instead He says this:

"Nay but, O man, WHO ARE YOU that replies against God? Shall the thing formed [that’s us] say to Him that formed it, [that’s GOD] Why have You made me thus? Has not the Potter [GOD] power over the clay [man], of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Rom. 9:20-21).

 

 

God the potter - We the pot

Could anything be plainer? God, the Potter, does not owe an explanation to the pot as to why He made the pot the way He desired! And God desires to make some pots honourable and some pots dishonourable. Why, because He is a mean and nasty God? No, because He has a plan, a purpose, intentions, to save all humanity in the end. That IS THE "WILL" OF GOD. And if you will continue reading chapters 10 and 11 of Romans, we see that those who are lost along the way in God’s plan will all be saved in the end.

What is the conclusion of the whole matter, the WHOLE MATTER? How good of a Potter is God? Will He have to destroy most of His pots for all eternity? If God is the Potter and we are the pot, how can the pot be responsible for ANYTHING?

God knew exactly what was needed to make all of the disciples change their wills, just as He knew with Pharaoh. God said that they would change their wills and forsake Jesus, and God was not about to be made a liar….it was prophesied after all!  Peter did not even know what it was that caused him to deny Christ until the "cock crew."

With the disciples, not only did they change their emphatically stated will, but, they did so against their stated will. Even when they willed to change their will, they did so against their original desired will. Peter did not want to deny Christ. But he was made to deny Christ by the mere fact that the alternative (fear) was greater than his desire to remain loyal. And so, how was he "free" to remain loyal? He wasn’t. Peter was no more "free" to not deny Jesus any more than he was "free" to be loyal in his original choice. Both choices were caused, and once something is caused to happen, it could never had been otherwise. Once the cause is set in motion, the effect must follow. This is true Science and this is the truth of Scripture!

Clearly God brought about circumstances that caused, made, forced, Peter to do what he didn’t want to do. How then, can such a forced will, be free? Peter did will to deny Jesus, but he was clearly caused to do so. This is an example of how God causes men to change their will even when it is against their initial will to do so. How much easier and unrecognizable are the millions of choices we make in which we very willingly make the decisions we do, because they often appear to be pleasant, profitable, and desirable choices?

 To argue that when God prophesies, states, and intends that someone do a particular thing, that the person is still at liberty because of his supposed free will, to not do what God has said, is absurdity on the highest level. Yet this IS what the theory of free will demands. The fact that God has a foreknowledge of everything proves that free will is an impossibility, as true free will could alter the future and therefore God could not have an absolute and true knowledge of the future. It is idiocy to state that man has a free will that is not made or caused to do as it does, and yet state that God knows in advance the only possible choice that a person must make.

How can one believe that if God states that a person will make choice A, that he is nonetheless still at liberty to make choice B? Can God say that you WILL make choice A, but you can make choice B? Can God say that such and such, WILL happen but that it doesn’t need to happen? The disciples WILL forsake and deny Christ, but they have a free choice NOT to forsake and deny Him? God knows in advance that something WILL be a certain way, and yet it doesn’t have to be that way? Not only does the theory of free will demand that man be able to think uncaused thoughts and performed uncaused tasks, but that he can in fact, do these uncaused things contrary to and in opposition to God’s preordained stated plan and purpose. He must be blind indeed, who cannot or will not see that such a haughty presumption lifts such an one’s ego to that of a veritable "god’ in his own heart and mind.

 

 

“Free will”- love and obedience to God

It is said that the theological argument for free moral choice, asserts itself as the only ethically reasonable solution to the problem of choosing to love God vs being forced like robots- to love God. The problem though is this. The heart of man is free to love God about as much as a hungry cat is free to resist eating a slow fat mouse caught out in the open!  The argument continues that.  If we don’t have free will……then whatever goodness we have is caused by God. God forbid, what if scripture actually says that? If we don’t have free will love, therefore we must be caused to love by God. Therefore our love is what?  Not genuine?  Worthless?...that is the major condemnation and support used to attack the truth that man has no free will.

The truth of the matter is this. God inspires us to love him! He causes us to love, But it is argued, If love is not voluntary out of the person that’s giving the love, freely from his heart, with no external-internal causes or fate or intervention of God?  If it doesn’t come that way….it‘s worthless?  Not according to the scriptures.

In the same way that well mannered obedient children are taught to be as such by their parents, God also teaches (inspires) us to be obedient.  Children don’t learn to be respectful and well mannered of ‘their own free will’! They are taught, chastised, punished even to accomplish such a feat. Theologians argue that, if you had to be trained to be loving and kind, to be cheerful, thrifty, clean and reverent, then it’s no good! They will tell you it’s worthless, it’s no good.  What good is love that was caused to be there.  It’s no good if it didn’t come from your facility of free will, it is no good.  You’re just a robot.  It’s not of value, it’s not from the heart….such is the ‘wisdom’ of Christian theology!

“Among whom also we all (how many?  ALL - including the great apostle Paul) had our conversation (behavior-conduct) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were BY NATURE the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph 2:3) 

Where is every bodies free will to obey or disobey, or love or not love in all this?  By nature we’re “the children of wrath.” Sounds like that ‘carnal mind that is hatred towards God does it not? The great irony is this however. If love did come from this free will, which by nature….is wrath, how is that good?  If you love somebody through free will, that means you loved them for no reason at all.  Isn’t it better to love somebody for a reason?  Isn’t it better that we love God for reasons, that we have reasons for loving Him?  Guess what those reasons are?  They are CAUSES!  There aren’t any causes in ‘free,’ so it does away with the free will concept completely and totally. 

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?  Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil. (Jere 13:23) 

Can a person without a cause, decide he is going to stop sinning and start living right?  Can a person decide on his own, independent of God, through this marvellous piece of magic and smoke and mirrors called free will, decide that he is going to repent of his sins and live differently from this day forward? Not according to scripture!

“Or despise you the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom 2:4) 

Mainstream theology will not acknowledge the fact that only God can bring somebody to repentance, there’s no other alternative.  Either you believe that God brings to repentance or you despise God.  There is no other alternative.

for all have sinned…” (Rom 3:23), what after all does it mean “all have sinned”?  The truth is profound.

If humanity has free will and they can choose to do good.  Why don’t they?  What’s wrong?  Theologians say, “It’s the most marvellous gift God has given to humanity is free will, it‘s the most marvellous gift of all.”  If this gift is so wonderful, why doesn’t it ever work?  Why is it broken?  Why does it malfunction 100% of the time?  Why doesn’t it work? 

 Free will ultimately means there is nothing that causes you to do evil, when you can just as easily do good, nothing.  So why don’t we ?  Why hasn’t anyone?  Where is the first human (save Jesus Christ) that ever lived that way?  And why did Jesus do it, because He had free will? 

 “Of My own self I can do nothing.” (John 5:30) 

The fact is that Christ himself attributed all his miracles to teachings to his Father. Not a free will advocate!

 

 

The Garden bares all!

Just how free will worked its magic in the Garden of Eden is yet to be explained for it poses several theological problems. What is certain however is that Adam and Eve did NOT posses free moral agency to choose to do good. It was none other than God himself, who caused ALL the ‘moral dilemmas’ of the garden scenario

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, YOU SHALL NOT eat of it:  for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die. (Gen 2:15-17)

Did Adam know that God said, “You shouldn’t eat this?”  He knew that! Does Adam have a free will?  Ask any minister, of course he does, did Eve have a free will, absolutely they say. 

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (Gen 3:1-2)

So did she know what was right, because of what she was told? Yes, she just acknowledged that.  Did she just acknowledge that she knew what they were suppose to do and what they were not suppose to do.  Did she have that knowledge?  YES!  Does she have a will that is totally free and can not be influenced by any outside circumstances, cause, factor, divine or otherwise?  Well theology would tell us yes she does have that.

Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (She knew that)


v. 4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:


v. 5 For God doth know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.


v. 6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,  and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…”


But she did that by her own free will, there was nothing that influenced her to do that? Satan tricked her. Plain and simple.

v. 6   And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food….she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Theology demands ‘well they were deceived.’  However, scripture states (because Paul told Timothy), Adam was not deceived.  Eve was deceived, but Adam was not.

and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen

 into transgression: (1Ti 2:14) 

 

Knowing that God said “Don’t eat” does Adam have this freedom of will, to eat or not eat?  He DOES eat it.  And every human being that has ever lived sins, and is also partaking of the tree. Everyone. Did free will fail? …or was there a cause for Adams moment of ‘craziness’? Do ‘we have a will that is free to not take of the tree…this ‘most marvellous gift God has given to humanity - Free will.

Theology stakes its claim on a God made invention that never worked, from Adam until now and beyond!  It has never worked! So even if we had free will, we know for a historical, Biblical fact it doesn’t work.  It has never worked.  What good is it?  But we don’t even have it.  We don’t have it, it’s an oxymoron.  YOU can’t come to Christ.  Even though Christendom states that, ‘you’ve got a free will.’  The Bible says you can’t come to Christ, you can‘t choose Him.  You can’t seek God, no one seeks God! But who will believe it!

(Rom 8:7)  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God(spiritual laws of God), neither indeed can be.

 

 

God forced….or inspired!

Well, ‘I got a free will, I can be subject if I want.” NO YOU CAN’T. Did Eve have a free will, that she could resist Satan?  No. The first temptation and it was all over, down she went. Adam wasn’t deceived and he chose the same way!  But God forbid that He would teach us right from wrong, what an evil that is. ‘Well if God has to ‘force’ us to love Him, what good is that?’ What if God has to ‘inspire’ us to love Him, how marvellous is that.  It’s one thing to be ‘forced’ to write a book you don’t want to write.  It’s another thing to be ‘inspired’ to write a book, you can’t wait to write.  Can’t we see the difference? Notice what David said to God.

“It is GOOD for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” (Psalms 119:71) 

The Bible said it’s good.  It’s good!  They say, ‘oh it’s bad, if you don’t obey God’s statues, by your own free will, it’s useless.’  ‘If God has to force you to love Him what kind of love is that?’ 


But what if He inspires you? What if He has to punish sometimes to get your mind straightened out.  As long as you get your mind straightened out, what’s wrong with that?  That’s how you get obedient children! Spare the rod and what do you do to the child?  Spoil the child, right.  But when you see obedient children you might have to recognize, that those children might have had to go through some things that you would say, oh that’s kind of bad.  It’s alright, look at the results. Freewill negates Gods ability to Father his own children, can we not see that!!!

 

 

Free “moral agency”

We are all familiar about this term “free will”, but in religious circles we hear about “free moral agency”….. that free will is free moral agency.  It’s not only the ability to make uncaused choices, but it is also the ability to choose the right choices. Not just to make a choice that’s not caused, but to make the right choice which is morally, ethically, spiritually right and correct…. a kind of moral barometer that God put inside of us that has the ability to choose the good things of God as opposed to doing bad things that will bring punishment and judgment upon you etc.

That’s what we mean by free ’moral’ agency.  You are an agent of morality and you have the ability to choose proper and good morality without any cause whatsoever.  Of course it is total nonsense. 

Free will means more to Christendom than just the ability to make uncaused choices, but to make the right morally correct choices.  Now if this is so, then why do we need the Spirit of God?  Why would we need the Spirit of God if we have this ability already?  Does this not short change God, short change the Spirit?! And it short changes what He’s doing for us and teaching us.   And all that He’s doing it makes it all useless and worthless, because they think you already possess all these abilities. Again, can we not see this!

"Howbeit when the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into all the truth..." (John 16:13) 

Now if we need the Spirit of God to ‘guide you into all truth’ by that we also have to include the truth about what’s good and bad, right and wrong, morally proper and what’s immoral. If we have to have the Spirit of God to do it in us, to cause…where is the free will in that.  If this spirit of God comes in you, but doesn’t do anything - (remember we read that free will is the ability to formulate free causes without anything interfering or working in your behalf) what good is it?  What earthly or heavenly good is it?!

If we admit the Holy Spirit inspires us to do what’s right, we have to throw free will out the window.! If you need the Spirit of God to cause you to see the right and choose the right, you just threw free moral agency out the window!  What is it that comes into our lives to lead us into truth and goodness?  The Spirit of God!  But if we’ve got free moral agency, which gives us the ability -(that’s why they gave it the stupid name ‘free morality,’)  then it means that WE are the agent of uncaused goodness and morality! In other words, a man is basically good if he wants to be. 

Well why doesn’t free will ever work?  Why is it that NO man seeks out God?  All have sinned. If we have free will after all, at least it ought to be a 50-50 proposition. We ought to have at least a 50% chance of doing right, as oppose to wrong, right? WRONG!  No, it’s so lopsided, it’s 100-0.  You have to be taught , you have to be shown! God has to intervene in your life in some way or you will NOT be a good person.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (Rom 7:18) 


For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (Rom 7:19) 

Paul said when I would do good, evil is there. Where is the free will?  Why didn’t Paul just free will himself out of all this stuff?  He said what is going to save one from this destruction of my own carnal mind and ways, what?  He said grace!  I thank God through Jesus Christ that there is a power strong enough to do in me, what I can’t ‘free will’ myself to do. Why can’t theologians see that?  They despise the Word of God.  What was Paul’s ministry before Christ came into his life?  DUNG. He summarized his whole ministry - dung.  Is that good?  Why is it if we have free will it’s of no value until we come to Christ?  Well of course Calvinism teaches that’s the way it is. It states that you don’t have free will until you come to Christ…. and then you have free will.  Well here is the truth in one verse.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phi 2:12) 

People like to quote that and say, ‘you got to do it yourself, it’s your own free will.’  But the reason you do it with fear and trembling is the next verse!

For (because) it is God which works in you BOTH(2 things) to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Phi 2:13) 

That’s God, not your free will!  God does that! If we throw out God and we take on ourselves this little demigod called free will, we despise the sovereignty of God. We despise the Word of God and we are not going to grow spiritually.  If we don’t see that any of us could have been Hitler, just as easy as Hitler was Hitler, you don’t understand who and what you are. You don’t understand the scriptures, you don’t understand the plan of God, you don’t understand anything. 

God makes ‘vessels of dishonour’ (Roms 9:21). ‘Oh I thought Hitler had free willed himself into being that monster.’ Circumstances!!!  His own lust, there is no other way.  There is no other way he could have turned out! But will we believe it! If God is determined that you and I will obey him from here on out, guess what? There’s no other alternative. We will do it!  But the only thing is, He doesn’t tell US!  Christ knows those that are His.

So God will do it, He works in you to will and to do. But then “with fear and trembling.” Why? We don’t know for sure we are chosen! Paul himself said ‘less I become a castaway (1 Cor 9:27). He said I don’t take it for granted, it could happen you know, unless I become a castaway, so I’m going to endure to the END. The runner who stumbles and falls two feet before the finish line, does not win the race. Isn’t that what Christ said, he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. (Matt 24:13).

So the phrase "free moral agent" is not a Scriptural one, any more than the term "rapture" is Scriptural. Free moral agency is simply a theological expression, man-manufactured for his own convenience, and like most human inventions, and extra-biblical terminology, is not the truth at all.  That teaching is a figment of the imagination of the harlot church system. In fact, the Bible teaches the exact opposite. It tells us,

"It is NOT of him that WILLS or of him that runs, but of GOD that shows mercy" (Rom. 9:16).

The biggest lie that ever was told in human language is that all men are born ‘free moral agents’. They are not born free. Be honest! Ask, Is that child free who is born in the slums; the child of a harlot and a whoremonger; a child without a name, who grows up with the brand of shame upon his brow from the beginning; who grows up amidst vice, and never knows virtue until it is steeped in vice?

Is such a child a FREE MORAL AGENT, free to act intelligently, as he chooses, upon all moral questions? Is that child free who grows up amidst falsehood, and never knows what truth is until it is steeped in lies; that never knows what honesty is until it is steeped in crime? Is that child born free? Is that child free who is born in a communist land and in a godless home; who is told by its government and taught by its teachers that there is no God in heaven, and never knows even a verse of Scripture until it is steeped in unbelief and infidelity? Is that child born free? Is he a free moral agent? It is a sham, a delusion, and a snare to say it. It is not true. All are not born into this world as free moral agents. The truth is much stronger than that, for the fact is, that NONE are free moral agents!

"No man can come unto Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw him" (Jn. 6:44).

Life neither begins or ends by choice and free will. Consider the matter of your own physical birth. What did you have to do with it? You were not consulted in the matter, you did not have a choice as to where or when you would be born, you had no choice as to what kind of a home or family you would be born into. The sovereign Lord God of heaven and earth brought you into existence and ordained your path without so much as a how-do-you-feel-about-it. And you had no choice as to how you would be born, in what condition or state of being. The Psalmist declared,

 "Behold, I was brought forth in a state of iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me and I, too, am sinful" (Ps. 51:5, Amplified).

Well did the apostle Paul write....

 by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned ... for by one man's disobedience many were made sinners" (Rom. 5:12,19).

Mankind had absolutely nothing whatever to do with his coming into this world. It was the choice of God. God chose to bring this creature into existence because He had a definite plan for him in His creative purposes in the whole universe. It was God who formed man of the dust of the ground. It was God who breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. It was God who placed man in the Garden of Eden. It was God who planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the Garden. It was God who gave the law that man should neither touch this tree nor eat of it. And it was God who made the serpent and put him in the Garden and sent him along one beautiful day to tempt the man. It was GOD!

Even if Adam was a free moral agent, God is responsible for what happened in the Garden, for whatever a free moral agent may do. He is responsible for it, who made him a free moral agent! If God made man a free moral agent, then God created within man the propensities for either good or evil which determined his choices. If God made man a free moral agent, He knew beforehand what the result would be, and hence is just as responsible for the consequences of the acts of that free moral agent as He would be for the act of an irresponsible machine that He had made.

Man's free moral agency, even if it were true, would by no means clear God from the responsibility of his acts since God is his Creator and has made him in the first place just what he is, well knowing what the result would be. If God's will is ever thwarted, then He is not almighty.

 If His will is thwarted, then His plans must be changed, and hence He is not all-wise and immutable.

 If His will is never thwarted, then all things are in accordance with His will and He is the architect of all things as they exist.

If He is all-wise and all-good, then all things, existing according to His will, must be working toward some wise and wonderful end!

 

 

Born a slave!

Man is a slave, plain and simple….a slave to sin, or a slave to righteousness. Either way as slaves, the choice can never be theirs to make…but for the decisions of the slave master.

 "We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh (carnal), having been SOLD INTO SLAVERY UNDER THE CONTROL OF SIN" (Rom. 7:14)

The unregenerate man is a slave to sin. He is a slave to Satan. He is a slave of his own carnal mind and deceitfully wicked heart. He is a slave of his own vile passions. How can a man who is a slave and a captive of the devil be a "free moral agent"? Impossible! Adam gave us no choice in bringing his progeny under the workings of iniquity. When Adam went into sin, he did not consult with any one of us as to our desire concerning anything he did. None of us had any power or any choice in the condition in which we entered this world.

WE WERE NOT SINNERS BY CHOICE, as we have erroneously been told. We are "born in sin, and shapened in iniquity," with the carnal nature in us from the moment we leave the womb. Being "dead in trespasses and sins," dead to God, dead to truth, dead to purity, dead to reality, the Adamic race was no longer capable of making a choice or decision for salvation. How truly the apostle wrote…

 "And you ... were dead in trespasses and sins: wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience; among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and WERE BY N-A-T-U-R-E THE CHILDREN OF WRATH, even as others." (Eph. 2:2-3)

The message is clear - we were not sinners by choice. We were sinners by NATURE! We were BORN INTO this condition, simply because the first man, Adam, put us all into slavery to sin. We had nothing to say about it. We did not in any way will it, consent to it, or choose it, for we were born into it. And we were not born free moral agents. We were born slaves!

There is no fact more self-evident than the fact of the total depravity of man, or his TOTAL INABILITY to deliver himself from bondage to sin. Man in his natural state is incapable of doing anything or desiring anything pleasing to God.

"There is none righteous, no not one! There is none that understands, there is N-O-N-E THAT SEEKS after God" (Rom. 3:10-11).

Man is totally depraved in the sense that everything about his nature is in rebellion against God. Man is loyal to the god of darkness and loves darkness rather than The Light. His will is, therefore, not at all "free". It is a slave to the flesh. Total depravity means that man, of his own "free will," will NEVER MAKE A DECISION FOR CHRIST.

"You will not come to Me, that you might have life"(Jn. 5:40).

Why does our Lord say this? Because the will of the unregenerate man is bound by the bands of sin and death, to the god of the spiritually dead.

"The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Cor. 2:14).

Man cannot see or know the things which relate to the Kingdom of God, without being regenerated first by the Holy Spirit. A dead spirit perceives only the things of man and Satan. Hence the words of Jesus to Nicodemus:

"Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (Jn. 3:3). Unborn children do not see the light. Dead men do not see the light.

 

 

The Shepherd seeks the sheep!

Strange as it may seem there are many in theological circles today who insist that they believe in salvation by grace….yet they insist that man has the power to "make a decision for Christ." They argue that "God loves everyone, equally and alike,"…… yet they are sure that He is going to send most people to hell for ever. They affirm that the Bible teaches that the Creator of all things is surely omnipotent……but they are also quite confident that finite man is fully capable of obstructing the will of God.

In nearly every case the problem lies in the fact that the truth of the scriptures have in no way been revealed. There is one thing taught: the confidence that man can use his own "positive volition" or "free will" to accept Christ and get himself "saved." In this, THE SINNER MUST DECIDE, and as he decides so will his future destiny be to all eternity. Thus one's salvation is practically made to depend on one's self. God and Christ have done, or are doing their part, and now they simply wait for the sinner's decision. By the way, how long did God wait for the 'decision' of Saul of Tarsus when 'it pleased God to call him?'

After all…‘if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ ... should shine unto them' (11 II Cor. 4:3-4).

Scripture plainly teaches that fallen man is blinded to the truth; the soulish man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned, and the soulish man has not the Spirit.

Someone will ask, "Will God save men eventually against their will?" The answer is no! He will have to need to do that, for all men will be one hundred percent willing when God reveals Himself to them. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped, and the doors of the prison house shall be opened. We have only to consider the case of Saul of Tarsus to understand the miraculous power of the Lord to change the leopard's spots and melt the heart of stone! In Luke 15:4 we read,

 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost UNTIL HE FIND IT?"

This is the Great and Good Shepherd of the sheep and nothing will stop Him or prevent Him from finding that last sheep. This Shepherd will not be content with even an extraordinary effort to find the sheep and then give up, feeling that He has done His duty. Neither does He "call" the sheep, and then wait to see if the sheep decides to come, and if not, just leave him there in his lost condition to die. This Shepherd searches UNTIL HE FINDS. And the FINDING of this Shepherd is not only the locating of the sheep, but it also includes the bringing back into the fold of that sheep. Not the lost ones seek God but GOD SEEK THE LOST!

Someone will ask, "But doesn't God command sinners to CHOOSE this day whom they will serve and to SEEK the Lord while He may be found?"

ABSOLUTELY NOT! The Scripture does say:

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Jos. 24:15).

But those words were NEVER spoken to the unsaved man, without God and without hope in the world; these were the words of God's prophet to Israel, GOD'S PEOPLE, as they possessed the promised land! God has nowhere, in all the pages of His blessed Book, commanded unconverted sinners to "choose" between Him and anything else. DEAD MEN DON'T MAKE CHOICES.

And yes, the Scripture does say, "SEEK   THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, call   upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon" (Isa. 55:6-7).

 But again, these words were never addressed to the sinner who never had a relationship with the Lord. They were thundered by the prophet Isaiah to GOD'S BACKSLIDING PEOPLE in a time of spiritual declension and apostasy. It is God's own people who must "seek" the Lord, not the man who is lost and cannot find his way. Thus it is that Jesus said,

"For the Son of man is come to SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST" (Lk. 19:10).

It is the Lord's people who are called upon to "choose" between Him and the ways of the flesh, the world, and the devil, not the man who is dead, for "the dead know not anything" (Eccl. 9:5), and are totally incapable of choosing anything but sin. The bluntest affirmation that man does not do the choosing of God is that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself testified,

"You have not chosen Me, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU" (Jn. 15:16).

In fact, according to Paul, that choice was made by God before He ever made so much as one single thing! "According as HE HAS CHOSEN US in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4).

It is tantamount to blasphemy for anyone to argue that man is capable, of his own "free will," to make a decision for Christ. Note the testimony of Luke:

 "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed" (Acts 13:48).

The Lord Jesus insists that Life and Faith are the work of God, not the work of man. He said....... the Son gives life to whom He will" and "this is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom God has sent" (Jn. 6:29; 5:21).

Some are ordained to eternal life, right now, while others will be called later.

"For as in Adam ALL DIE, even so in Christ shall ALL BE MADE ALIVE. BUT EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER..." (I Cor. 15:22-23).

If it were left up to man he would NEVER BELIEVE, for man is totally depraved, totally incapable of that which is good. Left on his own to make a decision for Christ, without first being given life and faith by an act of God, man would never of his own "free will" come to Jesus. "You will not come to Me, that you might have life" (Jn. 5:40).

It is useless to try to gather all the world into the Kingdom in this dispensation, for that is not God's purpose in this age. No man comes except the Father draw him. Those who insist on bringing all the world in now are trying to do in this age the work that God Himself has said should be done in the dispensation of the fullness of times. In the dispensation of the fullness of times, His immutable Word has declared, He will gather all things into Christ, both which are in heaven and in earth, even in Him (Eph. 1:10). 'ALL that the Father has given Me SHALL COME to Me,' said Jesus, and you may be sure that this is the truth.

At the end of this age there will not be one soul missing of all that number of the “firstfruits” who were predestined to come to Him, and, when the age to come has run its course, there will not be one missing of all who are appointed to come to Him in that blessed age. So also may we declare for that wonderful AGE OF THE AGES, the dispensation of the fullness of the times, for God's Word has faithfully declared that in that glorious age of all ages every missing sheep will be accounted for as God gathers together in one the all things into Christ "

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw A-L-L M-E-N unto Me" (Jn. 12:32).

The words translated "draw" and "drew" in the Greek New Testament are “HELKUO” and “HELKO.” Each of these words has the basic meaning of "compel...... draw...... pull," and "tug." In most instances the force which does the drawing or compelling is sufficient to cause the object of the drawing to respond fully. For example, in Jn. 18:10, it is said that "Peter having a sword DREW it..." The impetuous disciple most assuredly did not draw the weapon out of its sheath in a gingerly or wooing fashion. Nor did the sword seek to draw itself out by its own will and good pleasure! Peter didn't merely "invite" the sword to come out, in spite of any resistance the blade may have had as it dragged the leather scabbard, the muscular arm of Peter yanked it forcefully out in obedience to his will.

One of the forms of “HELKO” is used in the Song of Solomon (in the Septuagint, Greek Old Testament) to speak of the love of the Bridegroom which causes the Bride to cry out to her maidens: "DRAW me after thee!"(S. of S. 1:4). The irresistible power of the heavenly Bridegroom's love for His betrothed creates a corresponding love in her heart. It is the heavenly One who initiates the love, creating faith and devotion in His beloved as He reveals Himself to be desirable and trustworthy.

Now since when are God’s wishes and desire weaker than His will?  He said I will perform all my good pleasures, all My desires, whatever I say it’s going to come back accomplishing something, it never goes out void, never.

“declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa 46:10) 

“so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do.” (Isa 55:11) 

If He says it, it will happen.  If He proclaimed it, it will happen.  Does God’s Word say He does not wish that any will perish, but that all will be saved?  Is that God’s Word?  Yes.  Will it come back void, that all will be saved?  Well the church says, ‘well absolutely it will come back void.’  They despise the Word of God. 

 

 

A continuing work


The whole Bible is one giant parable. That ‘one parable’ consists of what we are taught early in Genesis, that God says, “Let Us make man in Our image…”   If you read it in the Concordant it is a process, “creating is Elohim humanity in His image, in the image of Elohim creates (not created, c-r-e-a-t-e-s) He them, male and female creates He them.” (Gen 1:27). 

It’s a process of creating them into what ? God’s image! In Gods creative process in Genesis, scripture states that God would say that it “is so” or “it was good.” 

Gen 1:3-4 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that IT WAS GOOD:

It was like He said, it was good.

Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and IT WAS SO…etc etc.

But when He created Adam and Eve did He say, let Us make man in Our image and it was so?  Did He say, it was so?   

“And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” (Gen 1:26) 


“And God created man in His own image (Hebrew says - So creating is God humanity), in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them….” (Gen 1: 27) 
 
So... “We are creating man” Adam and Eve right? This is the full description of it, it’s the major session of it in chapter one, and then we go into every beast of the field?  Then we go into some other subject?  What happened to ‘it is so’?  Well we can see it’s not there, because it was NOT SO. It wasn’t yet “good.”  He skipped right over that and He talks about the animals, the beast and every creeping thing.  I’ve given you every herb of the field for food, now it is so. Now all this food I’ve given you, every beast and cattle for food and it was so. 

But the biggest of all in this whole creation story, the creation of Adam and Eve, the creation of humanity and it wasn’t so, nor does it say it was good.  Why?  The answer is one of the most profound truths of the bible, missed by all of Christendom….ITS NOT COMPLETE!!!

This part was not complete.  The animals were made like they were supposed to be made and it was so.  Adam and Eve were not made the way it was suppose to be and it was NOT so, it was NOT good.

This is the whole purpose for human existence, we are not yet complete!  It is not yet so, neither is it yet good.  This human race on this earth is not living like they were made in the spiritual image of God, for sure.  So He said, “Let Us be making (the process) man into Our image,” but it was NOT so. So what does this have to do with free will or free moral agency? Well, even concerning Gods own chosen people, history has a strange way of repeating and it always makes a mockery of freewill…..few would believe that all is going according to Gods plan!

 

 

Such a heart!

When God calls out Israel as a nation (and remember- no one chose God here!)  He said, I’m going to choose this group of people over here.  He started with Abraham, then Isaac and then Jacob.  Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, then the 12 tribes of Israel and then the children of Israel.  He chose those people out and He’s going to make a great nation of them and show the world how to live, right.  But they didn’t obey God.  They didn’t fear and obey God, why?  He called them out and said I will give you My laws and so on, if you will fear Me and walk in My ways and statues.  I will conquer all your enemies, you will be blessed in the city, blessed in the field, you will have these wonderful things.  Your children will be healthy, you’ll have plenty to eat, everything will be wonderful.  But they didn’t obey, they didn’t fear God.  They did not obey, why? 

“Oh that there were such a HEART in them (heart? What for? For what purpose?), THAT THEY WOULD FEAR ME, AND KEEP ALL MY COMMANDMENTS ALWAYS, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever” (Deu 5:29) 

So what was the problem?  Heart! They didn’t have the heart! Their biggest problem was their heart. Notice what Jeremiah said;

“The heart is deceitful above all things…” (Jer 17:9) 

That is the seat of human emotions, “is deceitful about all things.”  In Jewish society’s publication of the Old Testament they say, and is exceedingly weak.” Which is true. In the KJV and others it has “desperately wicked.”  Rotherham has “incurable.”…it is just a fatal disease, incurable.  v.9 “…who can know it?” is what it says. 

Now how weak and wicked is this heart?  In Genesis 1, God created humanity and in verse 6 we have...well we don’t know what the population was, but it says in Gen 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Everything - all things, all of their very thoughts and aspirations were wickedness and evil and it was continually, non stop.

Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high minded, but fear: (Rom 11:20) 

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not you. (v. 21)

 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off. (v. 22) 

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. (v. 23)

What does Israel’s sordid history teach us? That branches of unbelief, because of unbelief, can be broken off. The Apostle Paul is writing to the Romans, the empire controlling Palestine, these are Gentiles. He says because of unbelief they are broken off and since some were broken off and you (now Gods chosen) being a wild olive tree was grafted in among them - don’t boost yourself against the branches that were broken off, because God can break you off too! The reason God broke off the branches from the vine (Christ is the vine) is UNBELIEF!  But less the Gentiles get too haughty, we read:

“For God hath concluded them ALL (Israel & Gentiles) in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” (Rom 11:32) 

So the Jews and Gentiles are all in the same boat - notice ALL in unbelief. But here He doesn’t use the word heart now, Paul talks about unbelief.  Remember:

“Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them…” (Deu 5:29) 

Israel was broken off in unbelief. Is there a correlation here? So which is it, what is the problem? Is it a bad heart or unbelief?  It’s both.  It’s obviously both.  Now here is a scripture that will bring it all together.

“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation(Israel), And said, they do always err in their heart: And they did not know My ways;” (Heb 3:10) 

“So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter into My rest.” (v. 11) 

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any one of you an EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, in departing from the living God: (v. 12) 

Can we not see the effects of causation here? There it is!  They go together.  "An evil heart of unbelief" will cause you to go wrong and do wrong, just like the whole nation of Israel has done and basically the whole world.  An evil heart ‘of’ unbelief, it doesn’t say an evil heart ‘and of’ unbelief.  It is just ‘of’ unbelief…..so what’s the cause of disobeying God? There’s ALWAYS a cause!

 

 

A New Heart!

But to further prove God’s purposes in motion, lets understand this. We see God going against mans freewill by giving them something they themselves

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. (Eze 36:26) 

Of course when God goes from a heart of stone, to a heart of flesh, He is actually talking about “Spirit.”  But the contrast is between a heart of stone and a heart of flesh.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own PURPOSE and GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2Tim 1:9) 

He saves us and calls us NOT according to our works, but according to HIS own purpose and grace. What is grace? He saves us by “grace,” but what is it?  Basically grace means ‘gratuitous’. In Spanish we say gracias. What does that mean?  Thank you. Grace means gracious, it’s gratuitous, a favour, it’s a gift, it’s free, gracias.  But it doesn’t end there with just being gracious, favour, gift and so on. 

How in a theological way, do we apply the word “grace,” when we say we are saved by grace?  What does that mean, we are saved by grace? What is the connection there, between being saved by the word grace?  How does the word save us?  Well if the word grace means gratuitous or free, then we could say we are freely saved or it means a favour or gift.  We are saved as a gift from God. It’s a gift from God, He saves us, that is true, but let’s ask this question – we see in Luke (this is speaking of Jesus Christ.)

“And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the GRACE of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:40) 

If we are saved by grace, what is it saving us from? What did Christ need to be saved from? Did He need to be pardoned for anything?  Did grace cover His sins or something?  No -  but let’s keep with this.

There is another aspect of grace. You know we have all these words, gracious, graciousness, gratuitous, liberal, benefit, favour, gift, joy, pleasure, thanks, all of these are words. But even Strong’s uses a phrase defining grace that we can easily miss yet it is truly profound…..It’s where I grace is a VERB!

 Here is the phrase Dr. Strong says for the definition of grace - DIVINE INFLUENCE UPON THE HEART.  Grace is divine influence from God upon our hearts!

 

 

Divine influence upon the heart!

Well now, did Israel have divine influence from God upon there hearts? No.

“The heart is deceitful above all things…” (Jer 17:9)   

The most times you will find “grace” in the Old Testament talking about anything or anybody, it’s Moses. It’s always Moses saying, ‘oh Lord I hope I find grace in Your eyes.’  He just means favour. He says, don’t be mad at me, let me do right - let me find mercy - let me find favour - let me find safety - don’t get angry God, let me find grace in your eyes, it’s in there about eight or so times.  Never once in the Old Testament has anybody ever talked bout being spiritually saved or received salvation by “grace.”  It’s just not there. Even King David, if God had divine influence on his heart, the way it’s suppose to be, why would he go to his death bed squeaking out his last words to his son, Solomon, telling him how he wants him to kill all his enemies and make it bloody! Does that sound like divine influence upon your heart, from God? That’s what grace is, divine - divinity - God - Godly influence on your heart.  But now we’ve taken grace out of the realm of a noun, into a verb, it’s doing something!

Jesus didn’t need grace for any pardon of anything. But did He need the influence of God, divine influence on His heart? Absolutely. That’s why He could live the way He did, accomplish what He did, never give in to wrong motives and temptations. He had this divine influence of God on His heart ALL THE TIME!
Paul states:

 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace (divine influence upon the heart) which was bestowed upon me was not found vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I….” (1 Cor 15:10) 

“Yet not I”  what is that? Paul said “I laboured,” you know what that means -  work. I’ve ‘worked’ harder than all of them, yet it wasn’t I that work, right.  Notice it wasn’t ‘I that was doing the work’, but the “grace of God” which was with me.  The “grace of God?” 

Effectively Paul is saying  “I am what I am by His divine influence upon my heart, which He bestowed upon me and it was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all labored: yet not I labored, but the grace of God labored.”  

So what is the grace of God doing in Paul’s heart?  It LABORS, it works.
It’s not some ‘thing’ like, ‘well I have the grace of God, that saves me.’ It’s got to be IN YOUR HEART.  What does it do there?  IT LABORS - IT WORKS!

And how does grace labour and work?  We learn that when we are judged we are chastened of the Lord. Chastening defines how God judges us. There is  something very profound here.

But when we are judged, we are chastened (Gk ‘paideuo’) of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world  (1 Cor 11:32)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us….” (Titus 2:11-12) 

And what is doing the teaching?  “Grace” is doing the teaching.  It’s labouring - it’s teachings - it’s the divine influence of God on our heart, it‘s teaching us.  So it’s (verse 12), “TEACHING (Gk ‘paideuo.‘) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (eon - age);

So when it says God judges us by chastening us in 1 Cor. 11: 32, the word “chasten” there is the Greek word paideuo.”  Then when God says He graces us, by “teaching us” in Titus 2:12, the word “teaching” is the same word paideuo and it means - to labor, to work, to chasten, to punish, to teach, to educate.”  So here, paideuo is translated “teaching!” That’s what it does, it actually does something.  And the same way what it does for us, it will eventually do for the world. Who’s doing all this? Us of our own “free will?” NO!

So this is a remarkable thing that “grace” teaches - educates - punishes if necessary - schools us - programs us and it teaches us to live godly- soberly - justly and righteously.  The grace of God teaches us to do all those things and God says His judgments chasten us.  It’s the same list of things, it’s the same chastening - gracing, they are the same thing. Is “free will” still working for you?...a-hem.

 

 

Grace….through Faith!

So this just smacks “free will” right in the teeth.  According to true free will, God can’t make you do anything, you have to choose it on your own.  How can you choose to do good unless God divinely influences your heart?  No you can’t.  But the second you say He does, you’ve taken away man’s free will.  Now God is doing it.  What an evil contradiction this thing of “free will” and free choice is.

So consider this. Grace is a gift, but it’s got to be USED.  When something influences something, that means it does something.  If you are inspired about something, you either think or write or do something, that’s the proof of the inspiration. Faith is divine influence upon the heart and that grace teaches us, the same that judging chastens us.  It’s the same Greek word. 

It’s interesting it says in Eph. 2:8, “for we are saved by grace….”  Well that’s great, that’s wonderful (period).  No, no period, comma, “….THROUGH FAITH.” Well what does that mean?  “Through” is a channel!

That’s the way grace and faith is. Grace is this influence, but faith is the channel and a channel always does something, it channels something - shows motion - shows a destination.  So there’s a destination to being divinely influence by God on your heart. That’s the grace and that’s free, it’s a gift.  But it doesn’t mean there is nothing to be done.  It’s like an exercise bike, it’s a gift, it’s free, but it’s meant to be used! So you have to put this all together. Faith is the channel and faith is believing

 “for by grace (a gratuitous gift - divine influence upon the heart) are you saved through faith (believing and doing God‘s will); and that (faith) not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of (our) works, less any man should boast (you boast when you do your own works). For we are HIS workmanship (His achievement - His works), (Eph 2:8-10)

Do you get that? Where it says “not of works,” but “for good works” Wait a minute is that a contradiction?  No, “not of (our) works” but “for (His) good works.”  There are works, they’re just not ours!  But we are of His workmanship. Workmanship has the word ‘work.’ The Concordant translates it ‘achievement.’  When you want to achieve something it takes work.  Who’s doing the work here?  God is doing the work. What is that work?  Divine influence upon the heart and then you do things!

 “… created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God has afore ordained that we should walk in them.”(Eph 2:10)  So there are works.

“And we know that God WORKS all (things), together for the good…”  (Rom 8:28) 

 “..predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son.” (Vs 29)


That is the whole thing.  So what is the purpose of works? To be conformed into the image of His Son. So what is it that God is creating humanity in?  His image.  Was it completed in the Garden of Eden? No, it was not “good,” It was not “so” but it will be one day.  One day it will be “so” and it will be “good.”  God is changing the carnal physical human mind into His spiritual divine mind.

“What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can faith save him?” (James 2:14) 

James asks the rhetorical question, “can faith save us?”  Of course the answer is no. That’s interesting, you know faith is talked a lot about, as we are justified by faith, especially in Paul’s writing, Rom 3:30, Gal 3:8.  We are justified by faith, but nowhere does it say in the scripture that we are “saved by faith,” nowhere!  We are saved by grace. It’s free, a gratuitous gift from God, but it does something remember. It teaches - it chastens - it educates - it is divine influence upon the seat of our emotions - thinking - plans - purpose - goals - aspirations and everything else.  It divinely influences that heart, you can’t help it, it does it! 

Christ says if you call Me Lord and Master, if you believe that, that’s faith…believing.  If you believe that I am your Lord and Master, why don’t you do what I say?  You see that?  Faith is doing.  James says, faith without works or faith without doing is dead.  Of course some think that it contradicts Paul, who said we’re justified by faith not of works but, no they are not contradicting each other. One is emphasized one thing over another, more than the other, they are both involved the same thing. 

They both quote that Abraham lived by faith. That’s what it was all about faith.  Paul says Abraham had that faith before he was even circumcised, before he obeyed that ritual to be circumcised and so on.  James emphasized that, how did we know Abraham had faith?  Because God told him to sacrifice his son and he brought the knife and was ready to do it. He proved his faith. 
But they both do something, all these things, they do something. If we think of these words in theological terms all the time, you’ll never know what they mean. They are in fact, very simple.

 Faith is - you BELIEVE what God says, therefore you DO what God says. 

Grace is a GIFT, you don’t just have it. Now this is something you can’t conjure up, it’s a gift of God.  It’s always the grace OF God, it comes from God, there is nothing you can do.  You say, ‘well what about the faith we’ve got, that comes from us.’  No, it says

 “..faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELF, it is the gift of God;” (Eph 2:8-10)


The faith it’s a gift, the grace it’s all a gift, everything is a gift.  It’s all a gift of God.  Grace causes you to live rightly.  What does faith do?  If you believe God, you do what He says. It is virtually the same thing. Now what is the goal?  To make you like Christ!  What is Christ? He is in the image of God, His Father.  So what does God want from us?  He wants us to be in His spiritual image.  It is a spiritual work that God is doing here. The carnal mind of its own accord CANNOT DO IT! Our “free will” CANNOT DO IT!

So, everything is heading in one direction. God is taking man through this hell on earth for a purpose. It’s necessary, but it all leads to one place. He’s going to have and end result for the work of His hand. He’s going to accomplish what He wants to accomplish out of the human race. It’s not that hard when you understand the basic parable of the Bible. That is God is making us into HIS image, through all this pain and suffering and everything. It all has a purpose whether we understand it at the time or not. It all has a purpose and it’s making us into spiritual sons, obedient sons at that!

But concerning scriptural truth, why does it matter one way or the other whether man possesses “free will” or not? Would the future of the human race be changed somehow if man did or did not possess free will? Well, here’s how much it matters: If the basic free will doctrine and the eternal torture in hell doctrine taught by Christendom are both true, then man himself, and not God, is ultimately responsible for where he will spend eternity. If man possessed a will that is free from internal or external causality, then it would be possible for all humanity to decide to choose God and be saved. Or all humanity could decide to not choose God and all would be lost. Or part of humanity could choose one way and part the other. It is the latter that is believed and taught by Christendom.

But let’s have a little sensibility in this matter: Even if man had a “free will”, in what possible way would he be free to choose Christ and choose heaven, should he be one of the billions of unfortunate people who has never heard of Jesus or heaven? But we are told that he does choose hell even if he never heard of heaven or hell, and doesn’t even know that there is a choice to be made in the first place. And so, the idea of a “free will” would be of no value to the salvation of the majority of humanity even if they did possess such a God-defying power. State the obvious, we must.

 

 

The process of conversion

The theory of “free will” needs to be subjected to the highest scriptural scrutiny and for good reason. After all, if the natural, “carnal mind” (Rom 8:7) of man cannot choose to love and obey God and God absolutely will not (according to free will theory) cause one to love and obey Him, how is it then that ANYONE CAN EVER BE CONVERTED?

Do believers in man’s free will or man’s limited free will, have an answer to this Scriptural dilemma? Or is it more comfortable just leaving these questions behind as though they were never proposed in the first place? Why meditate on a problem that has no scriptural answer other than to accept the fact that the scriptures do not support any form of a "free will" theory?

It is impossible to contend with any amount of sanity, that man’s natural mind cannot choose to obey God, and yet believe that man must choose by his own will to obey God. Such a contention is unscriptural, contradictory, nonsense. It is believed by most that not only can man choose to obey God by his own free will, but that he indeed must do so if he is ever to be saved.

Yet the truth of conversion is a simple one, if we believe the Scriptures and don’t try to bring it about by some phantom free will. It is all of God.

Just how do the Scriptures say we become converted? Does an ounce of "free will" enter into the conversion process according to the Scriptures?

  1. "Or despise you the riches of HIS goodness [‘His goodness;’ not our free will] and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God LEADS [God’s ‘leading’ is the CAUSE] you to repentance?" (Rom. 2:4). Where is the “free will” in this statement? "God LEADS…" is the cause of repentance, not free will.
     
  2. "No man CAN come to Me, except the Father which has sent Me draw [Gk: ‘drag’] him: and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44). This verse is plain: "No man CAN…" come to Christ of his own will. It is the Father "dragging" him that is the cause of one coming to Christ, not his own supposed free will.
     
  3. "You have not chosen Me, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU…" (John 15:16). "I have CHOSEN you…" is the CAUSE and it is by Christ’s will, not man’s will.
     
  4. "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God [not faith ‘IN’ the Son of God, but the very faith ‘OF’ the Son of God—it is His faith, not ours until He gives us some of it] Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2:20). It is not by the “free will” of our faith that we live, but the by the faith OF Jesus. There is no human free will in all this.
     
  5. "I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without ME YE CAN DO NOTHING" (John 15:5). According to God’s Word, what is it that we can do by our own will? Answer: "NOTHING." It is Christ "IN him" that brings forth much fruit. Man does not bring forth much fruit by his fabled free will.
     
  6. "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11). Is this man’s part in his own salvation? Must man confess that Jesus Christ is his Lord by his OWN FREE WILL, or it will have no real meaning? Is that how this confession is made? Answer: "…no man can say [with his fabled free will] that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit" (I Cor. 12). Do we profess Jesus as our Lord by our own will or by the Holy Spirit? "By the Holy Spirit" is the cause. Our own will is not the cause of our calling Jesus, Lord.
     
  7. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that [‘that faith’] not of yourselves [NOT of your own faith or will] it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:8-10).  Are we saved through the faith of our own will? NO. Do we do good works by our own will? NO. It is: God’s faith, God’s gift, God’s Workmanship, God’s creating, God’s ordaining. The cause is "His workmanship," not our own will.

Since God says we cannot obey Him with our natural mind [our own God-given will], and yet we have much Scriptural proof that God does cause men to do what He wants, then we also have proof that God does go against man’s will, and He does it often.

"For it is God [who? ‘GOD’] which works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).

According to Christendom, this verse is a fraud. We are taught that, "It is OUR OWN FREE WILL that works IN us both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure." But no, it is God Who works in us both to will and to do. There is no "free moral agency" at work in this verse of God’s Word or anywhere else, for God’s Word does not contradict. These Scriptures I am giving you are so very simple and so very plan, yet, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free [here is this ‘cause and effect’ thing again] from the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2).

No one can "freely" change his will from hating and disobeying God on one day to loving and obeying God on the next. No, it takes a supernatural miracle from God to accomplish this. God must personally remove and free [here is the cause] us from being under the "Law of sin and death" to being under the "Law of the Spirit of life in Christ."

Does man accomplish this by his own will? Not unless you want to make a liar out of Jesus. Jesus says that He "frees us," so how can we say that we freely free ourselves?

 

 

All is of God and from God

Now giving credit to one’s presumed and phantom "free will,” is a far more serious sin than most could ever realize. Whatever, we bow down to, give homage to, give credit to, in place of the one and only True God are Idolatry! The Scriptures tell us that everything that we have, we "received" or "obtained" from God. Every good gift comes from God. Then why do we believe that through the agency of a supposed "free will” or free choices, we are able to obtain these things? It is a SIN to believe in, take credit for, and trust in one’s own will, as though we can "will" to do and accomplish things ON OUR OWN. It is God who has always done all the doing, whether physical or spiritual in nature. ALL IS OF GOD:

"In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose OF HIM Who works ALL things after the counsel of His OWN will" (Eph. 1:11).

How spiritually stubborn can we possibly be? Well, as stubborn as God as predetermined and predestined and purposed for us to be. But for those few whom God is calling to salvation by the "foolishness of preaching," let’s take a closer look at how things are done according to God.

"…we have obtained…" What we obtain from God, is not of our own will.

"…being predestinated…" What God predestines is not of our own will.

"…the purpose of HIM…" What is God’s purpose is not of our own will.

"…works ALL things…" What is God’s work is not of our own will.

"…of His OWN will…" What is God’s OWN will is not of our own will.

ALL that we have, we have obtained from God. Not one thing have we obtained by our own presumed freedom of will. Can we take credit for anything that we have? Is our own will, independent of God’s will responsible for obtaining anything? Answer:

"For who makes you to differ from another? And what have you that you did not RECEIVE [Gk: ‘OBTAIN’]? [from God] now if you did receive it [from God], why do you glory [Gk: ‘boast’], AS IF YOU HAD NOT RECEIVED IT [from God, but rather of your own ‘free’ will]?" (I Cor. 4:7).

Since it is a Scriptural fact and truth that no one ever has received or obtained anything aside from it being given to him of God, why does all of Christendom boast of their achievements as though they were not gifts from God straight out of heaven, but rather the results of their own clever resourcefulness?

"EVERY good gift and EVERY perfect gift is FROM ABOVE, and comes down FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning [in other words of Scripture: ‘I CHANGE NOT…’]" (James 1:17).

According to this verse and a hundred like it, does any good gift come from "below," from the "carnal mind of darkness," from the fabled free will of man, who is always changing, being "tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine?" Hardly. So why then do we "boast and glory" as if these hundreds of verses of Scripture are not true, and that we really can choose to do good through our own carnal-minded, God-rejecting will? Are we at least starting to understand the complete fallacy of “free will?”

 

 

Satan and the angels don’t have “free will!”

 

The effects these scriptures have on the methodology and practices of churches worldwide, are truly profound. It blows clear out of the water, major Christian philosophies and destroys some of Christendom’s most sacred doctrines. Take the popular teaching regarding Satan’s role in “the fall” and the “original sin” for example.

Was Satan really an angelic cherub named “Lucifer” who used his supposed God-given free-will to rebel against God and thus become Satan the Devil? The truth is, that it’s a fable. It never happened! It is a Christian hoax. Satan was never “good.” Satan was never “truthful.” Satan does not have “free will.” Satan was always Satan, and nobody but Satan  “…from the beginning.”

 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1;1).

We all know what the earth is. The heavens, however, is a different matter. The physical heaven is where we find the moon, sun, and stars. But God’s domain is a spiritual heaven.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world [Gk: ‘age’], against spiritual [Gk: ‘spiritual powers of, or spiritual hosts of, or spiritual forces of’] wickedness in high places [Gk: ‘heavenly places’] (Eph. 6:12).

So God created the plural “heavens” “in the beginning.” And Paul tells us that there are “principalities and powers” in these “heavenly places” or “celestialsas it is in the Greek. And that these “principalities and powers” are powers, hosts, or forces that are “wicked!”

“For by Him [Jesus] were all things created that are in the heaven [Gk: ‘heavens”—it is plural in the Greek as it is in the Hebrew], and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers ALL things were created by Him, and for Him” (Col. 1:16).

“Principalities and powers” are part of the “all” which Jesus created “in the beginning,” at the beginning of creation. And these “principalities and powers” are “wicked” forces, which we wrestle against. These powers are under authority.  

Satan never was a cherub possessing “free will;” neither does he now have free will. Satan is a creature that obeys the commands of his Creator and never talks back. Whenever Jesus told Satan to “get thee behind Me,” Satan got behind Him (Matt. 16:23, Mark 8:33, Luke 4:8).   When God said he could go so far and no further in the trial of Job, then that’s precisely how far he went and no further. When Jesus told Satan “get thee hence… then the devil leaves Him…” (Matt. 4:10). Satan has no “free will” to resist.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made(Gen. 3:1).

Did you get that “the Lord had MADE!” The Lord Made the serpent! This God-created serpent deceived Eve (I Tim. 2:14).  God “made” “the serpent” who “deceived” Mother Eve. Notice that God did not create something called “Lucifer,” that was “…more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” If this “serpent” is indeed, “the Devil,” then the Scripture plainly tells us that this was a beast  “…which the Lord God had made.”

We now have a mountain of Scriptural proof that Satan is “the serpent,” and that he has always been the serpent from his creation:

Satan is identified as:  “…that Old SERPENT, called the Devil, and Satan…” (Rev. 12:9 & 20:2).

God is going to punish “liviathan,” and liviathan means, SERPENT. (Isa. 27:1).

God calls this adversary, “…the piercing SERPENT…” (Isa. 27:1).

God also calls him, “…that crooked SERPENT…”  (Isa. 27:1).

God calls him, “that dragon…” Dragon comes from a Hebrew word meaning: sea SERPENT. (Isa. 27:1).

God says, “…I have created the waster [Heb: ‘destroyer’] to destroy (Isa. 54:16). In I Cor. 10:10 we learn that those who murmured in ancient Israel, and the first born of Egypt
 
“…were destroyed by the destroyer,”
(I Cor. 10:10 and Ex. 12:23),
 
and the word translated destroyer in I Cor. 10:10 means, venomous SERPENT.”

And according to Job, Who was it that formed this “crooked serpent” in the first place?
 
“…By His spirit He
[God] has garnished the heavens; His hand has formed the crooked SERPENT (Job 26:13).

Jesus said that “Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word.”  Eve had God’s Word, and it was taken away by the serpent, hence, Satan is the SERPENT.

Was the Garden serpent a fallen cherub or was he a “serpent which God had made” AS a serpent?
 
“Now the SERPENT was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made (
Gen. 3:1).

In Revelation 12:9 and 20:2 Satan is called “that OLD SERPENT.” Could any serpent be older than the one God had made at creation and placed in the Garden?

Yes, Satan deceived our first parents in the Garden, and he has been deceiving the whole world ever since. There is absolutely not one scrap of Scriptural proof that Satan was a perfect cherub or that he has EVER exercised a power known as free will. You have to go outside of the Bible cannon to find these myths, in particular the Book of Enoch and similar Gnostic teachings.

Satan thinks he has free will. Eve thought she had free will. All mankind still thinks he has free will. But the Scriptures disprove it over and over and over again.

The workings of Satan have deceived the whole world including the ones whom God would later call to be His elect:

“And then shall that Wicked [‘Lawless One’—the beast within all of us] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan [It is not Satan, but is ‘after the 0working of Satan] with all power and signs and lying wanders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God [yes, God Himself] shall send them strong dilusion, that they should believe a lie [Gk: ‘the lie’]…” (II Thes. 2:9-11).

And just how much of mankind and how much of this world has God given to that same Old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, to deceive? 

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD” (Rev. 12:9).

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:24)

Once one becomes a member of God’s very elect,” he can be deceived no more. But there’s more: Not only is Satan the possessor of all the kingdoms of this world, but he is, in fact, THE GOD OF THIS WORLD:

“In whom THE GOD OF THIS WORLD has blinded the minds of them which believe… [just ask yourselves if you really believe all of the Scriptures that I am presenting in this paper?…] …believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the Image of God, should shine unto them”  (II Cor. 4:4).

And where do you suppose Satan has his throne to all his kingdoms? Answer: In the church!

"I know your works and where you dwell, even where Satan seat [GK: 'throne'] is...,"And the very "depths of Satan" are in the church (Rev. 2:24). Satan did not gain and acquire all the kingdoms of this world as personal possessions against the purpose and intention of God his very Creator! What greater power and authority could there possibly be than to be the possessor of “ALL the kingdom of the world,” and to be the very “god OF THIS WORLD?” Is all this power and might just “allowed” by God or rather is it not purposefully ORDAINED of God?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power BUT OF GOD: THE POWERS THAT BE ARE ORDAINED OF GOD(Rom. 13:1).

There is an important distinction to be made between [1] the “god of this world”—Satan/kosmokratorworld ruler—who is Satan (II Cor. 4:4/Eph. 6:12), and [2] the civil “powers” and “rulers” which are called “magistrates” in the Greek, who make laws that govern and suppress some of the evil in the world. Both the “world ruler/god of this world” AND the “powers and magistrates” are “ordained [Gk: ‘appointed’]OF God, but one we are to “be subject to” but the other we are to “resist.”

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers [‘governing authorities’]…” (Rom. 13:1)

BUT:

Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

This is a most important point, and our own Lord has given us the perfect example of how we are to "resist the Devil," but, "be subject unto the higher powers:"

“Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan [Jesus ‘resisted’ the Devil]: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve. Then the devil LEAVES HIM…” (Matt. 4:10-11).

Though Jesus resisted the Devil, He was then “subject to the higher powers” for the rest of His ministry:

“And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest…” (Matt. 26:57). 

“Then said Pilate unto Him, speak you not unto me? Know you not that I have power to crucify you, and have power to release you? Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me except it was given you from above; therefore he that delivered Me unto you has the greater power” (John 19:10-11).

But above all:

“We ought to obey GOD rather than MEN.”

And so we have read that God used Satan to try, and test Job, He used Satan to try, and test Jesus, He uses Satan to try, and test believers, and He also uses Satan to try, and test THE WHOLE WORLD:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour [Gk: ‘swallow down’]: Whom RESIST stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished [‘experienced] in your brethren that are IN THE WORLD    (I Pet. 5:8-9).

God does not “allow” Satan to do ANYTHING. Satan was created by God to do exactly what God wants him to do—nothing more and nothing less.

Satan is an intricate and necessary creation of God to accomplish His awesome purpose and goal for the human race. When God desires something, HE CREATES IT. God desired an “adversary,” an “enemy,” but there is no natural adversary or enemy of God:

“I am the LORD, and there is NONE else, there is NO God beside me (Isa. 45:6).

And so when God needed a “god” to rule ALL THE NATIONS of this world, HE CREATED ONE—one that would lie, deceive, accuse, tempt, and murder.  A Devil who would “deceive the WHOLE WORLD.” But one who would appear as “An ANGEL of Light.” How flawlessly he has performed his duty to God! And the church teaches that he is a “free moral” renegade running amuck through heaven and earth destroying God’s handiwork!

 

 

God has perfectly choreographed his creation!

 “He [God] causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries” (Psalm 135:7).

So not only are the spiritual realms subject to Gods will and purpose, but also the natural. God, “causes,” “makes,” and He “brings” into existence the manifestations of nature’s powers. Nothing “just happens” without a cause and God says that He is the cause—every time and always! Yet how many Christians reading this will now believe that it is God Who causes the weather, the sunshine, the rain and a plethora of catastrophic natural disasters (even acknowledged by insurance companies as “acts of God”)?

But is God the ultimate cause of all things that cause all mankind to make every choice and decision based on powers and circumstances way beyond their control and often beyond their knowledge? If it is God, who causes all circumstances which cause all of our thoughts and decisions and acts, then clearly our thoughts and actions are not based on uncaused and non-existent circumstances. Clearly our will is caused and not “free” or “uncaused.”

All that has been, and is, and will be, has been planned and choreographed down to the movement of the last atom, by the Designer and Operator of the Universe, without whom everything would fall apart in oblivion: 

“For by Him [Jesus] were ALL things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible [unseen powers], whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him. And He is before all things and by Him all things consist [‘has its cohesion,’ ](Col. 1:16-17).

Since “by Jesus all things consist and have their cohesion,” why is it that only man and his fabled “free-moral-agency-will” is the only truly “free radical” in the universe? Nonsense! Even “free radicals” operate under law—God operates all that exists, by law. Jesus did not create the universe and all that in it is, and then goes off on a trip to let the universe fend for itself. God presently is “working—operating” all that exists and that includes the “will” of all mankind. Here’s some more Scriptural proof:

“…God which works [‘operates’] all in all ” (I Cor. 12:6). God works all that there is in all that there are. When God is in control, we can expect nothing but perfect assured success. The Christian teaching that God only can “desire” great things, but He cannot actually “accomplish” great things is absurd.

Here is Christian theology at its best: God invents man. God desires for man to work a certain way. Man fails to work in the way that God desires. Out of uncontrollable frustration, God tortures his mal-functioning invention for all eternity. And no one sees a problem with this anti-scriptural heresy. What kind of insanity blames a “created machine” for any mal-functions? God created the human race; God is responsible for any and all activities of the human race. No one asked to be born! And yet… and YET, there are those evil-minded theologians and Christians who believe that God will not only torture most of His creatures, but that He actually knew in advance of their creation that He would torture most of them in literal fire for all eternity!

Not only would such an “Inventor” be stupid, but he would be evil beyond words to describe. Yet even all of this stupidity and evil of the human heart, “…is of God.” Most have not yet even conceived of the Judgment that will come on them for the heresy of their own hearts. This judgment of our hearts is also part of God’s grand plan. God has made man in this weakened spiritual state for a grand and glorious destiny. Man is not yet created in God’s full spiritual Image, but that is the process, purpose, and destiny of the human race—to finally be the very Image of God Himself.

The Scriptures plainly show and state in many places, that the natural mind of man cannot love and obey God. Yet theologians tell us that unless man does, of his own free will, love and obey God, that God will torture them in fire for all eternity. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!

“…Who works [‘operates’] ALL THINGS after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11).

“For OF Him, and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are ALL THINGS…” (Rom. 11:36).

“And ALL THINGS are of God…” (II Cor. 5:;18).

“…calls those things which be NOT, as though they WERE (Rom. 4:17).

“Declaring the END from the BEGINNING…”  (Isa. 46:10).

“For in Him we LIVE, and MOVE, and have our BEING [Gk: ‘we ARE’—we exist]…” (Acts 17:28).

All energy, all matter, all creation, and all humans are in God. We can only “live and move… IN HIM.”  And this is why:

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).

No man has a will that can choose contrary to what God already knows will be: “…and calls those things which be not [thoughts and deeds which have not yet been supposedly ‘freely’ thought of] as though they were [as though they already were thought of—how is that ‘freedom’ of the will?](Rom. 4:17).

 

 

God created Evil!

 “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I made peace [good], and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (Isa. 45:6-7).

Gods sovereignty is not just restricted to the realm of goodness and light however.  Notice that God did not create light to shine IN the darkness. No, God “created” darkness, itself. Darkness is not just the absence of light. Darkness was created by God. It does not “naturally” exist independent of His creating it. This, like everything else in the Bible, is a parable. Mankind is spiritually in “darkness.”   And it is a very painful thing to come out.

“For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness [not ‘in’ darkness], has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (II Cor. 4:6).

The word translated “evil” in Isaiah 45:7 is the Hebrew word ra.”

The Hebrew word for “calamity” is the Hebrew word ade which means “misfortune, misery, or ruin.”

Whereas the Hebrew word ra means “bad or evil.”

It is the same word used for the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil [ra].” It was not the tree of the knowledge of “good and calamity.”  Did Jacob really mean to say, a calamitous beast” had devoured his son? (Gen. 37:33)? Did Israel really “do calamity in the sight of God” by worshipping Balaam, or did they do evil? (Jud. 3:7).

The Hebrew ra MEANS “bad or evil” and it is used over four hundred times to represent bad or evil, not calamity. There is no theologising you way out of this one.

God created ra—“EVIL.” Furthermore God used “evil” and continues to use “evil” against His creatures all day long.

Audaciously teaching these truths is an absolutely necessity if we are to understand the deeper ways of God with His creatures. But like all of God’s deeper truths they can only be discerned spiritually by the Spirit of God. The carnal mind cannot and will not understand these truths. This is all the strange work of God. There is no free will about it. We are all born out of a dark womb into the natural light of day, but this too is but a parable. We must be “born again” out of spiritual darkness of this age into the glorious light of the Sun of God. It is a painful journey, and requires an experience of evil to accomplish.

 “It is an experience of evil Elohim [God] has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it(Concorant Old Testament). (Ecc 1:13).

This “experience of evil” is not the purpose or goal of human existence, but this is indeed the process by which God is bringing His Sons and Daughters into glory! Most translations have hidden the meaning of this verse of Scripture. The translations just couldn’t believe that God would do such a thing. They see it all around them. They see it in thousands of Scriptures, but they just couldn’t bring themselves to come right out and say it, as God obviously has stated in the original Hebrew of this verse.

“It is an EXPERIENCE of EVIL that God has given to the sons of humanity to HUMBLE them by it.”

And to this agrees the rest of Scripture:

“For ALL his days are SORROWS, and his travail [experience] GRIEF…”  (Ecc. 2:23).

The destiny of the human race is indeed GLORIOUS, but the journey is filled with evil and sorrow. This not to say that there are not many beautiful and good things in life, but for most the misery far far outweighs the pleasurable.

“But He knows the way that I take: when He [God] has tried me [Hebrew:  ‘tested me’](Job 23:10).

Even Job charges GOD with being responsible for his trial, not Satan. In the last chapter God reprimands Job’s three friends by saying:

“…ye have not spoken of Me the thing which is RIGHT, like My servant Job” (Job 42:8).

Job charged God with all the evils that came on him and God said Job spoke the truth and what was right. Job in his trial had no “free will” in any of this. God was in total control and God was responsible for all that happened. God caused Job’s uprightness; God caused Job’s downfall; God caused Job’s restoration and blessing. He will do the same for all humanity, with the exception that our blessings will be spiritual and eternal, not just physical and temporary as Job’s were. Job's spiritual blessings will come when “…the heavens be no more” (Job 14:12).

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil(Isa. 45:7).

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow… the tree of the knowledge of good and evil(Gen. 2:9).

“It is an experience of evil God has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it (Ecc. 1:13, Concordant Literal Old Testament).

“Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?” (Lam. 3:38).

“I will raise up evil against you out of your own house…” (II Sam. 12:11).

“…I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction” (Jer. 4:6).

“…Hear, O earth; behold, I will bring evil upon this people…” (Jer. 6:19).

“…Thus says the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you…” (Jer. 18:11).

“…so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until He have destroyed you from off this good land…”  (Josh. 23:15)

“What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10).

“…shall thee be evil in a city, and the Lord has not done it?” (Amos 3:6).

There’s the question; what’s the answer? The answer from all Christendom is “Yes.” “Yes” there shall be all kinds of evil in a city, and the Lord has not done it. In fact, according to their teaching, the Lord does no evil in any city, ever. World famous teacher/preacher/theologian/author, Billy Graham said before a packed house in the National Cathedral, that GOD DOES NOT CREATE EVIL.  But what saith the Scriptures (Amos 3:4-6):

The world of Christendom will not tolerate, anyone quoting these Scriptures and then teaching that they are true and factual as to the character of our Great Creator God. They do not approve of God “creating” evil, nor do they approve of God “using” evil—even if God’s use of evil always eventuates in the GREATEST POSSIBLE ETERNAL GOOD.

It never dawns on their carnal minds for one moment that God might cause and use these unspeakable evils for a great and redeeming purpose beyond our wildest dreams or expectations. Unless we can see the plan, the purpose, the Goal of God for the human race, we will never see or be able to justify the hard, and painful, and difficult, and humanly impossible journey through evil to reach that marvellous eternal goal that God has purposed in Himself and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

God does not reproduce Himself as Sons and Daughters of God, in His Own Image and Likeness, with His own Love, Power, and Eternal Glory, by using a cookie cutter and a sheet of Styrofoam. Do we think that the Awesome Creator of the universe is little more than “sugar and spice and everything nice?” Listen: God knows all about “evil”:

“And the Lord God said, behold, the man is become as one of Us, to know good and evil…”  (Gen. 3:22).

 

 

Obscurity in Men’s hearts

“He [God] has made everything fitting [not ‘beautiful’] in its season; However, He has put obscurity in their heart so that the man may NOT find out His work, that which God does.” (Ecc. 3:11).

So God has made everything that there is (even though much of it is evil, ugly, and NOT ‘beautiful,’) fitting, proper, appropriate, and suited for its own season, “but” or “however”—here comes a counter proposal, if you will. So God makes EVERYTHING proper and appropriate for His plan, however…. BUT, “…He has put OBSCURITY in their hearts…” so that, or in order that, they CANNOT know or understand what it is that He is doing to them in this human existence we call “life.” What a spiritual revelation! We have hundreds of Scriptures that verify the fact that God does do according to His plan and intention, always, and everywhere, but there are few verses as this verse which tells us specifically how He had HID [concealed, obscured] this marvellous operation from the eyes of carnal humanity as this verse does.

But Jesus Christ can set us free from the carnal mind, and give us spiritual discernment, and increase our knowledge, and make us wise so that we can understand. Here then is the revelation of a major mystery:

God uses mankind with his “obscured heart” to do all of His intentions without mankind every consciously knowing that God is working His purpose through them—“so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.”

Shall the ax [king of Assyria] boast itself against him that hews therewith [God]? Or shall the saw [king of Assyria] magnify itself against Him that saws with it [God] as if the rod [king of Assyria] should shake itself against them that lift it up [God], or as if the staff [king of Assyria] should lift up itself, as if it were no wood [but rather something with free will and the power of self-determinism].This is how God works with all kings and presidents, and heads of corporations, and heads of families, and all humanity. God “…works ALL according to the counsel of His Own will.” But just like the King of Assyria, not so is all humanity thinking in THEIR heart. They don’t believe that God uses them on a daily basis just as He did with the King of Assyria. That’s because:

“He [God] has made everything FITTING in its season; However, He has put OBSCURITY in their heart so that the man may NOT find out His work, that which God does from the beginning to the end.” (Ecc. 3:11). 

 “Thou [you reading this paper right now…] will say then unto me, ‘WHY DOES He [God] yet find fault' [with the King of Assyria or ANYONE who merely does what God Himself has supernaturally INTENDED for them to do?] For [or ‘because’] who has [EVER] resisted His [GOD’S] WILL [Gk: boulemaresolve, intention, or PURPOSE.” This word is never translated “will” and is used but one other time in Acts, translated: ‘purpose.’]

God tells us that the Assyrian did only what He Himself intended for him to do. Paul, likewise, assures us that no one ever has or can go against God’s “intention or purpose.”  How then is God justified in punishing the King of Assyria or anyone else for doing what God “intended” for them to do? The answer lies in the HEART of mankind. God said that He would punish “the fruit of his ARROGANT HEART

The Bible doesn’t say that man doesn’t have a HEART. It doesn’t say that he doesn’t have a MIND. It doesn’t say that he can’t THINK. It doesn’t say he can’t make CHOICES. It doesn’t say he doesn’t have a WILL. It doesn’t say he can’t carry out his will through his thoughts, choices, planning, action, and deeds. What it does say is that: MAN IS NOT A GOD WHO CAN DO THESE THINGS INDEPENDENTLY AND FREELY FROM THE INTENTIONS AND PURPOSE OF HIS CREATOR!!   THAT’S what the Bible really says!

The King of Assyria is being punished because he is claiming to possess FREEDOM OF HIS OWN WILL. He claimed that he came up with the ideas, he made the plans, he carried them out, he reaped the rewards, he took credit for being someone great, etc., etc., when in reality God tells us it was all of Him, and that the king was merely a club in God’s hand.

A final note: Assyria is just one of “ALL the kingdoms of the world” which are the personal domain of Satan the Devil. Did Satan exercise his “free will” over Assyria? Or did God say that He used Assyria like it was a club in God’s own hand?  God uses Satan over the nations as He wills Satan to will, not as Satan himself “free wills.” God uses the nations themselves to will as He wills the nations to will, not as the nations themselves “free will.” If we are to believe the Scriptures rather than the heresy of men, where does Satan or any of the nations possess “free will?”

How is it that God has already foreseen the precise end of all nations, when according to the Church, all of the nations are operating upon their own “free will” and Satan himself is also supposedly operating all that He desires contrary to God’s purpose and intentions upon his own “free will?” Does anyone see a Scriptural problem with this rank heresy? Can you say, “CONTRADICTION?”

 

 

Clay does not possess self determinism!

 “God is the Potter; we are the clay.” When will we ever humble ourselves and believe the Word of God? This is GOD’S metaphor. Clay does not possess the power to thwart the plans of the Potter. Yet Christians profess that they possess a power that can thwart the purpose of God, and they even go so far as to say that God Himself gave to them this God-thwarting power. Do some think that when they exercise their “free will” contrary to God’s purpose that maybe “THEY are the Potter and God is the clay?”

And so, God has “obscured” his heart from seeing and understanding this Spiritual Truth. It takes a supernatural revelation from God to “spiritually discern” this deepest of human mysteries. And it is for the very fact that it is from the very HEART of man that he presumes to take to himself a presumed power GREATER THAN GOD HIMSELF, that He will “PUNISH HIS [MAN’S] ARROGANT AND HAUGHTY HEART.”

We are “accountable” for what comes out of our arrogant heart, but God is “responsible” for giving us such a heart in the first place.

Ignorantly assuming that one has a “free will” is a sin for which God can grant repentance [NOW]. But is “Arrogantly” clinging to this idol of the heart after learning the truth of God’s Word is BLASPHEMY, which assuredly will be punished [LATER]!  

The obscured” heart of the King of Assyria did not know that it was GOD Who was using him as a club in God’s Own hand to punish Israel. The king didn’t know, but we now know because God has plainly told us so. But “Lord, who will believe our report?” (Isa. 53:1 & Rom. 10:16).

So, Man possesses free will does He? Balderdash! Man has no more a free will by which he can go against, contrary to, or thwart the plan and intentions of God Almighty than could the king of Assyria. And be warned: God will “PUNISH the fruit of the arrogant heart” of all those who presume to have powers above what their Maker has given them.

“Shall the ax [the one being used by God] boast itself against Him that hews with it?” (Isa. 10:15).

“Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why have you made me thus?” (Rom. 9:20). 

“And the vessel [humanity] that He made of clay [Adam] was marred [‘ruined’—and its heart was made ‘subject to vanity {futility, failure}… and in ‘bondage of corruption’, Rom. 8:20-21], in the hand of the Potter: so He made it again ANOTHER vessel, as seemed good to the Potter to make it” (Jer. 18:4).

Every vessel of humanity is first made “marred in the hand of the Potter.” ...the carnal mind is enmity against God,” ... “for out of the heart proceed evil thoughts.” Every vessel must be refashioned--regenerated, converted, judged, purged, and born again of the Spirit. The Lord shall determine when this is done with all of humanity. Now for the called and chosen and in Judgement for the rest of humanity.

 

 

Every purpose under Heaven

Not only does God know all and control all, but He has foreknown all and predestined all to happen at a certain specified time and date. Can an accident, poor health, or suicide alter the day on which God knows you will die? The very day that we were born was predetermined by God, as was the very day on which we must die. Nothing can alter anything that God has predetermined, as He already knows what will happen from the beginning to the end. This really scares some but it should give us absolute confidence in the power and stability and predictability of God’s character and love. God is not a god of evil and stupid contradictions, as portrayed by the Church.

God Almighty is responsible for everything and He brings about everything only at its precise "APPOINTED SEASON AND TIME." Let's read it:

"To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Ecc. 3:1).

The implications of this verse are staggering. The very foundation of human psychology and theology crumbles under the weight of this declaration of God’s Word. This is undoubtedly one of the ten most profound Scriptures in the entire Bible. If we are to be honest and believe this verse, then we must concede that absolutely NOTHING is left out God’s profound declaration except man’s anti-scriptural theory of "free will."

The word "season" in the KJV is translated from the Hebrew word, z[e]man, and is defined in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary as: "APPOINTED season, occasion, time." And "purpose" is defined as: "pleasure, desire, matter." Sometimes rendered as "purpose" or "event."

Here’s a second witness to this grand declaration:

"Because to every purpose [matter or event] there is time and judgment..." (Ecc. 8:6).

Man’s will is predicated on previous circumstances and causes, all of which originate in God’s preordained plan and purpose.

Christendom and her fabled doctrine of "free moral agency" is trapped and completely book-ended between:

[1] "To every thing there is a season [appointed time],and a time to every purpose [matter or event] under the heaven" (Ecc. 3:1).

AND:

[2] "I know that, whatsoever God does...NOTHING can be put to it, nor ANYTHING taken from it: and GOD does it" (Ecc. 3:14).

"So shall MY WORD be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall NOT return unto me void [unfulfilled], but it shall accomplish that which I please; and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isa. 55:11).

The whole point of Ecclesiastes chapter three is not that people are born and die, or that people plant and harvest, or that people war and make peace, or that people weep and laugh, but rather that there is "an APPOINTED TIME" for all these things to happen—an appointed time appointed BY GOD.

This is not a new idea, or a new revelation. This truth has been preserved in chapter three of Ecclesiastes for a couple of thousand years. But how many Christians believe it? Job understood under inspiration of God's Spirit that: "the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." God gives life and God takes life away. Most Christians would concede that human birth is indeed a miracle. But how many would concede that even death is a miracle? But it is. Birth and death are not things that "just happen" anymore than anything in the whole universe "just happens." God is the cause for everything:

"In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who works ALL THINGS after the counsel of His Own will" (Eph. 1:11).

"For OF HIM, and THROUGH HIM, and TO HIM, are ALL THINGS..." (Rom. 11:36).

Is there any real difference in saying that God "gives life" or that God "causes a baby to be born?" Is there any real difference in saying that God "takes away life" or that God "causes us to die?" When it comes to death, we prefer euphemisms. We don't like to hear that "our Mother is DEAD!" We prefer to say that "Mother passed away." We don't want to be so honest or brutal as to say "God KILLED my son" but rather "God took my son." But the use of mellower-sounding euphemisms does not negate the fact that God appointed a time for us to be BORN, and He also has appointed a time when we must DIE.

Our will cannot change any of God’s "appointed events" or His "appointed times" in which each event must occur. You might think that you can. You might suggest that you will commit suicide and shorten your life. How silly—how totally unscriptural. No one can commit suicide unless and until the "appointed time" that God has foreordained that they commit suicide.

"There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in [Heb: authority over’] the day of death... "(Ecc. 8:8).

"Is there not an APPOINTED TIME to man upon earth? Are not his DAYS also like the days of an hireling? (Job 7:1).

Everyone who has ever been born or will yet be born has been appointed by God to be born at that time and season according the purpose of His will. And likewise, everyone who has died or will yet die has been appointed by God to die at that time and season according to the purpose of His will. It just is not possible to alter or change anything in the purpose and intention of a sovereign God. So once more, "free will" is out the window.

If mankind had a free will to do things that only they desired to do, at the time that only they desired to do them, then there would be billions upon billions of additions and deletions to God’s original plan. For it is foolishness to argue that one is "free" to do things that God has not preordained to happen, yet the very concept of free will demands that such unscriptural things can happen every day of our lives.

“Free will” contradicts:

"I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be for ever [Heb:’for the eon’]; nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God does it, that men should fear before Him" (Ecc. 3:14).

"For all his day, pains and vexation are his experience." (Ecc. 2:23)

"It is an experience of evil God has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it." (Ecc. 1:13)

"For a man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men [mankind] snared [trapped] in an EVIL TIME." (Ecc. 9:12)

Does a fish know ahead of time when it will be caught in a net? Does a bird know ahead of time when it might be caught in a snare? No? Well then that’s exactly how much we know in advance what will befall us in this life of evil. The human will is not free to change anything that God has pre-appointed. You will "will" according to the circumstances God places in your path. And you are not free to "will" otherwise.

Clearly God tells us that there is an appointed time for everything that happens between birth and death. But nowhere does human free will and free choice enter into any of these God-ordained and God-caused and God-performed events in the lives of all who are born and die among the human race. Man’s "will" is indeed able to always choose what it prefers, but what it prefers will always be in concert with what God has preordained.

All the choices of all humanity are preordained by God to happen, and as such, not one is free to not happen. Therefore, no one has a will that can operate independent from or in opposition to, God’s preordained purpose. How then is it possible to believe the Scriptures and yet believe in "free choices?" It is not possible, for these Scriptures blatantly contradict any such theory as "freely chosen acts" independent and contradictory to the will and plan of God.

 

 

Understanding the harvest

The theological theories of “Free will” and “Free moral agency” have no sensibility and reverence for God’s desires. It demeans God (the perfect farmer) who scatters the seed as he sees fit. Our Lord said that God His Father is a "Farmer" ("My Father is the Farmer" John 15:1)

Free will determines that when it comes to the FALL harvest at the end of this age, the Greatest Farmer in the Universe, will not have a bumper crop but will rather have a TOTAL CROP FAILURE! Or more precisely, He BURNS THE ENTIRE FALL HARVEST because most men “chose” to oppose Gods purposes.  But rest assure…An all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving Farmer can cultivate and produce a perfect and complete Fall Harvest.  Why would our Father’s Son, Jesus Christ, liken His Father to a Farmer, knowing in advance that His Farmer Father will produce fall harvest that is worse that the worst of human farmers? All because of free will?…. A rebellious angel?......an apple?

Yes, the spring harvest is the harvest of those firstfruits that have entered into the straight and narrow gate. The fall harvest is the harvest of all those who went the wide and broad way into destruction. Destruction is not the final destiny of the non believer. Being DESTROYED, PERISHED, and LOST are all conditions awaiting SALVATION, and are not conditions to be eternally punished! All, absolutely ALL, who are not in the first resurrection are in a condition likened to: "lost," "perished," or "destroyed." Contrary to orthodoxy these conditions are NOT hopeless.

I Cor. 15:20, 23, 24 - presents us with the type and fulfilment of the three harvest festivals:

1.    But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS OF [the rest of the firstfruits awaiting resurrection in His presence] them that slept ... But EVERY MAN [all mankind, the WHOLE human race] in his own ORDER: Christ the firstfruits..." (The Wave Sheaf of the very first of the firstfruits).

 

2.     "Afterward they that are Christ’s [those who are now saved] at His coming [the rest of the firstfruits that are sleeping and those alive waiting]. (The Firstfruits, the Spring Harvest).

 

3.    Then comes the END [The Fall Harvest, the Feast of Tabernacles]. "…and the feast of INGATHERING [of the Fall Harvest], which is in the END..." (Ex. 23:16). What did Jesus say would happen in "the end," at the "end of the Feast," "the last day," "the last great day of the feast?" "In the last day, that GREAT DAY OF THE FEAST, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If ANY MAN thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of LIVING WATER" (John 7:37-38).

So….wheat and tares grow up together…….scorching sun…..thorns….and all manner of evils are thrust upon the lives of men, called, chosen or non believers alike. Why does God allow tsunamis, and typhoons, and hurricanes, and floods, and tornadoes, and violent thunderstorms, and rock slides and mud slides, and avalanches, and volcanoes, and earthquakes, and forest fires, and droughts, and famines, and diseases, wars and holocausts, and all deaths? Do you really want to know why God “allows” these things? Are you sure you are ready for God’s answer to this most profound mystery in all creation?

 

 

Handling the truth

People think they want the truth, but they can’t handle the truth. Very few indeed want the whole Truth: the whole counsel of God. And most of those who have heard it have been highly offended by it. Often they killed the messengers who brought God’s message of Truth. That’s just how offensive the Truth of God is to the carnal mind. But there are a few chosen of God to whom the Truth is not offensive. Why does God “allow” all of the pain, suffering, disasters, and even mass killing of the innocent to happen? Actually, the question is not even a legitimate question because God does not “allow” any of these disasters to happen. Here then is one of the greatest truths in all the world and of all scripture:

God does not “allow” anything to happen: God is the ultimate CAUSE of all things that happen!.....that’s what it boils down to. There’s no way of glossing over the facts here –the SCRIPTURAL FACTS!

If a person is able to prevent a crime (let’s say without any expense or harm to himself) but doesn’t, he is no better than the one who commits the crime. So now the question is: “Where is Jesus Christ when all such crimes are committed?" Jesus does not live far, far away on the other side of the universe in a place called heaven. Heaven is not a place; heaven is the realm of spirit. Jesus does not sleep in heaven. Jesus does not live in a physical heaven. Jesus will not live in a physical body full of holes, for the rest of eternity either. It is impossible to even think about these important issues of life with the mentality of Christian doctrines. Jesus Christ is “spirit”: “Now the Lord is that SPIRIT…” (II Cor. 3:17). 

Make no mistake about it; Jesus Christ is present at every crime scene that ever was or will be…the conception of every war that has ever been thought up…and it was he that created the heart of men in its weakened state that it need no “help” to sin! Like wise it is his grace (divine influence) upon that heart  that causes us to “choose” otherwise, it is his call…we can only respond in turn. If we are chosen, it is because he PURPOSED IT! for "I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be for ever [Heb:’for the eon’]; nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God does it, that men should fear before Him" (Ecc. 3:14).

"My counsel shall stand, and I WILL DO ALL My pleasure.

I have spoken it, I WILL also bring it to pass.

I have purposed it, I WILL also do it" (Isaiah 46:10-11).

The scriptures give us the answers but often we don’t want the scriptural answers. Often we don’t want the truth….and we can’t handle the truth. Dare we believe Gods Word? Yes, it requires the Spirit of God to truly comprehend the machinations of his sovereign will and purposes. From the big bang – to the dawning of this age, God has ALWAYS been in control and WILL always be in control! There are but two ways of looking at this entire scenario.

The church’s teaching: That a perfect and good God who cannot exist in the presence of evil, created a universe for a world that was ruined by a rebellious angel right at its conception and now 99% of humanity is destined for “HELL” forever! Why bother at all?

OR

We believe the scriptures: seeing clearly that we are not going through all this suffering in vain – but for a grand purpose, where God shall judge every evil act in righteousness and bring about the restoration of ALL THINGS.

"For the creature [and/or creation itself] was MADE subject to VANITY NOT WILLINGLY, but by reason of Him [that’s God] Who HATH SUBJECTED the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the WHOLE CREATION groans and travails IN PAIN until NOW!" (Rom. 8:20-22) Amen to that!

 

 

Conclusion

Think about this. Why did God, Himself, put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil right in the middle of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve couldn't possibly avoid it? Where they would be repeatedly enticed into eating from it? Where their temptation would be overwhelming?

Think about this. We are told the Lamb (Jesus) was "slain from the foundation of the world," (Rev. 13:8) meaning that the plan of salvation, including Jesus' death for sinners, was planned BEFORE man was ever created.

Few of us understand what it is to be a creature, a created being. If we have so much "free will" why weren't we consulted when we were born, regarding our place of birth, our nationality, who our parents would be, our face, our body build. All of these were forced on us. Even our body functions are involuntary. They are not controlled by our "will." We eat our food, and it is digested and the nutrients sent to the proper place in the body without us being able to exert any influence over the digestive and assimilation process. We breathe in the air, almost unconsciously. We may want to be tall, but we are small. No one can "add a cubit to his height."

And after all, God is our Father, he created every one of us, he is responsible for us, just as parents are responsible for the children they bring into the world! We had no choice to be anything but a sinner. God's plan is to reconcile ALL to Him (Col 1:20) When parents give birth to children, it is their obligation to take care of them. Do we expect any less of God the perfect Father? God created us and He knew we would all be sinners, surrounded by darkness. He too, has an obligation to care for us, just as we have an obligation to care for our children.

There is room for ONLY ONE "WILL" in this world. God WILL be ALL in ALL (1 Cor 15:28). His WILL alone, is irresistible. His will is the ONLY will that will prevail. Jesus said, "If I be lifted up, I WILL DRAW ALL unto Me." (John 12:32).

It is no easy task dealing with the repercussions of learning God’s truth on this subject, especially in the light of the fact that we live in a world full of evil and misery. How this applies on a personal level and where Gods responsibility and our accountability tie in to all this, we shall delve into in a future paper. Yet rest assured, God shall deliver us ALL from the pains of this age and usher us ALL (albeit most of humanity - kicking and screaming) into the glorious Kingdom that awaits. Amen.

 

 

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