Tony N, don't divorce ROMANS 1 which states the reason is because they first rejected what was made so obvious and plain to them. God chose man, man rejected God, God shut all men in disobedience so he could have mercy over them all.
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!"
Dear SOtW, Romans 1 begs the question: Why is humanity that way and just what is God going to do about it? Paul answers this. If you will go to Romans 5:12 and see it was due to Adam sinning and thus death passing through into all mankind and due to this, all sin. Yes, SOtW, all decendants from Adam sin due to death passing through into them. They had not free will, no self determination to resist this death. Therefore no self determination to resist sinning. Let us see what mankind's real self determination consists of:
Rom 3:10 according as it is written, that "Not one is just- not even one."
Rom 3:11 Not one is understanding. Not one is seeking out God.
Rom 3:12 All avoid Him: at the same time they were useless. Not one is doing kindness: there is not even one!"
Rom 3:13 A sepulcher opened is their throat. With their tongues they defraud."The venom of asps is under their lips."
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth with imprecation and bitterness is crammed.
Rom 3:15 Sharp are their feet to shed blood.
Rom 3:16 Bruises and wretchedness are in their ways,
Rom 3:17 And the way of peace they do not know."
Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God in front of their eyes.
Go ahead SOtW and preach to these people till you are blue in the face. They cannot self determine to change their colors and run to God. God has to change their hearts, open their eyes and unstop their ears. It all depends upon God. God saves, not man.
Paul does not stop with Romans 5:12. He leads up to Romans 5:18,19. All mankind are made sinners against their wills. All mankind are condemned against their wills. They are all made sinners due to what Adam did. They are all condemned due to what Adam did. How fair is that?
How have they excercised their almighty herculean wills you and Martin so greatly invest them with? They cannot undo what Adam got them into. Who gets them out of this dilemma? Jesus. How? By His obedience to the cross. They are all neutral recipients of what Adam and Christ did. No one chose or "self determined" to be condemned. No one chose or self determined to be made a sinner. That decision was made for them. Likewise the determination is solely on God's side to make them all righteous.
Free will deifies man and relegates God to a lesser god than man.
A irrelevant statement since it has nothing to substantiate it. You keep associating free-will with self-determination. Why not actually read and listen to what others are saying instead of creating such non-sense. This was already addressed by Martin.
Your self determination mocks God's sovereignty. It mocks everything the Scriptures stand for. The only self determination man has is to run from God, to hate God. And this self determination was determined for them by Adam's act of disobedience. And his act of disobedience was ordained of God so that the Saviour could come to save mankind from sin and death.
"No one can come to the Son unless the Father draw him."
You should re-translate the above words from Christ's own mouth to read:
All mankind have a shot at coming to the Son by their own self determinism! Who needs the Father?