“As human beings we have the power to submit our own independent natures to perfect dependence upon God. God will never interfere, unless we give him that right. As an earthly father rejoices in the love of his children and their steps toward him, so does the heavenly Father rejoice in all those who come to Him of their own free will. God rejoices in the willing and genuine love that we exercise towards Him through our free choice to obey.” ---J. Doug Stringer, from It’s Time to Cross the Jordan (13) In the book of Romans, Paul wrote of people being in two states: 1. Those controlled by the flesh. 2. Those controlled by the Spirit of God. In the 8th chapter, the Apostle stated: Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (vs. 5) You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (vs. 9) Paul is very clear in his statement that those who are controlled by the flesh (sinful nature) are the unregenerate and those who are controlled by the Spirit are the regenerate. However, the Christian struggles with the sinful nature as long as the flesh lives (Gal. 5:17). Likewise, Mr. Stringer is very clear in his statement of the fundamental presupposition of the Arminian (Pelagian, Semi-Pelagian, Open-Theistic, Romish) belief system. “so does the heavenly Father rejoice in all those who come to Him of their own free will.” God is depicted as being pleased by the one good action man can do. Paul goes on to state: The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Romans 8:7,8 NIV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (NKJV) Paul clearly believed that people (within their own fallen flesh) cannot and therefore will not do anything that pleases God. “The carnal mind is enmity against God”--this is a statement of total depravity. “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God”—this is a statement of total inability. The entire argument that because God commands something good of man therefore implies that man has the ability to do good is an utter fallacy. “It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” Arminianism is false.