As I continue my series on Calvinism, it is important to state what I believe about free will. Here is my best attempt at explaining my beliefs on this controversial and difficult subject. What are your beliefs about free will? Does it exist? Is it a myth? What do you think, and why?
In a previous post I explained what Calvinists believe about total inability. Here is what I believe about total inability as it relates to faith. While I would agree that people cannot take the first step toward God, I believe that God has taken steps to enable people to believe in Jesus for eternal life, and that this faith is not meritorious.
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Calvinists often use 1 John 5:19 to teach that the world is controlled by the devil, and is therefore totally depraved and unable to believe in Jesus. In this post we consider 1 John 5:19 in context and see that John is calling on all people to choose whom they will serve – God or wickedness. 1 John 5:19 does not teach total inability, but its opposite.