In closely following the Arminian/non-Cal arguments presented in the recent C/A debate threads it is apparent the central issue debated is ‘the justification of God.’ Those who oppose the Scriptural truth that God from all eternity chose/elected some unbelieving sinners to salvation due to His free will choice apart from any consideration of deserving merit or worth on the part of the Elect sinner regard it grossly unfair of God to be gracious and merciful to some while leaving the vast majority condemned in their sins doomed to destruction. Such a God is a vile, cruel, hateful monster, neither loving, holy nor just, they say. The God of the Bible is a God of love, they insist, who is fair, just and equitable to give all men an equal chance to enter the Kingdom of God. To accomplish this purpose of ‘playing fair’ they teach that God has given all men ‘free will’ to make a choice either ‘for Christ’ or ‘against Christ.’ Thus, in order to justify God, the Arminian/non-Cal contingency have invented the idol of ‘free will.’ If a man, of his own ‘free will’, rejects Christ, the fault is his own. No fault is to be found in God. He is a just God. After all, God gave the man a fair chance endowing him with a ‘free will’ and the man ‘freely’ chose badly. By this reasoning God is now justified in their eyes. But if, on the other hand, the man had no ‘free will’, no other choice but to reject Christ, then the fault lies with God, who did not deal fairly or justly with the man. DHK wrote: From a human point of view the reasoning seems feasible. However, from a biblical pov the reasoning is wrong. As Christians we must strive to adhere to Scripture alone as our rule of faith and practice. Scripture declares man lost his ‘free will’ - the ability to choose to do good rather than evil - in the Garden. In Adam all have sinned. (Romans 5:12). Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (John 8:34). A slave is not a free man. He must do the will of his master. SLAVE: "A person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them." (Oxford) Man’s master is Satan, the god of this world. (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:4). Satan is the strong man whom the Lord must first bind before a sinner can be set free to believe on and follow Christ. (Mark 3:27; Eph. 2:2). He whom Jesus sets free is free indeed, both to believe on and follow Christ. (John 8:36). He whom Jesus does not set free has no free will, for he is still the slave of his strong master, Satan. This is but one of dozens of scriptural arguments proving the idol of ‘free will’ to be a false god. By 'false god' I mean a god who demands obeisance from his subjects, though he is no god. According to Arminian/non-Cal theology the Lord of lords must bow to the will of man, ever compliant to his will, whatever the choice. Thus, practically speaking, 'free will' is the greater god. Men Dead to God But to further prove the unscriptural nature of the idol of 'free will', let us consider the fact that Christ judges all unregenerate men ‘dead’ in their sins and trespasses. Arminian/non-Cals repudiate this truth. DHK wrote: Yet Christ equates the two when He stated: Let the dead νεκροὺς bury their dead. νεκροὺς In the mind of Christ to be spiritually dead is to be literally dead to God. The dead have no will, let alone ‘free will.’ Neither have they eyes to see, ears to hear nor a heart to love God. They are lifeless, until the Spirit of God quickens - regenerates - them. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Despite the ravings of the Arminian/non-Cals, faith is the miraculous result of having been quickened - made alive in Christ - not the other way around. TO BE CONTINUED………….