What I believe about Free Will

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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?

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Why 1 John 5:1 does not teach that regeneration precedes faith

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1 John 5:1 is one text used to defend the idea that regeneration precedes faith. It seems to say that faith is a result of being born again. But when studied in context, 1 John 5:1 is not teaching that regeneration precedes the faith that results in eternal life.

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Is the World Controlled by the Devil? 1 John 5:19

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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.

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If Judaizers are Right, then they’re Wrong (Titus 1:15)

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In Titus 1:15, Paul is saying that if the Judaizers are right in teaching that impurity makes everything it touches impure, then the fact that they are Cretans and all Cretans are liars, evil, and lazy, means that according to the theology of these Judaizers, even their mind and conscience are defiled.

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Are All Gentiles Depraved in the Mind? (Ephesians 4:17-19)

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Ephesians 4:17-19 is not teaching about Total Depravity or total inability, but about the devastating results of choosing sin over righteousness. Paul wants his readers to put off that old way of conduct, and live their new life in the Spirit with the new man which was created by God for righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

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