De Servo Arbitrio

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Do You Agree with Luther's "Bondage of the Will"?

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther, was published in December 1525. It was his reply to Desiderius Erasmus's De Libero Arbitrio (On Free Will) written the previous year. At issue was whether human beings, after the Fall of Man, are free to choose good or evil.

    Luther maintained that sin incapacitates human beings from working out their own salvation, that they are completely unable to respond and come to God. Luther refutes Erasmus's argument, then discusses the power and complete sovereignty of God, concluding that unredeemed human beings are dominated by Satan: Satan as the prince of this world never lets go of what he considers his own unless he is overpowered by a stronger power, i.e. God.

    When God regenerates a person, he redeems the entire person, including the will, which only then is liberated to serve God.

    Question: Was Luther's assessment correct/biblical?
     
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    What? No pelagian/arminians out to say man's will IS free and capable of doing all this good?
     
  3. Rippon

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    C'mon everyone.You're free to express your will.
     

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