If you wish to argue SCRIPTURE and its meanings, ...then USE IT!
The absence of the use of SCRIPTURE to prove your contention of the supposed "free will" of man only serves to note its INVALIDITY...
And the naming of its OPPOSITE (Divine SOVEREIGNTY) as a LIE
... is to your detriment...
Your post is LOBBYING for something not even related to the topic discussed here, so in the interest of BOTH SIDES having presentation, I shall below, LOBBY in OPPOSITION to you and YOUR VIEW...
I'm sick of it and really wondering what I'm doing around here.
Martin, why are you so passive instead of pro-active? Let me give you a small history of Tentmaker Forums, every 3 years it is shut down because of constant influx of hyper-soveriegntists (the unbiblical view of God's Sovereignty which denies man's will), and ex-Calvinists. There is no such thing as 'passive' resistance to a lie because that only feeds the lie and justifies it, ban it like the serpentseed and mystic doctrine is banned and let us get some real healing in those who are truly seeking what is true.
What a post filled with INTENTIONAL
A BLATANT attempt to influence the Administrator of this forum to BACK ...YOU... and YOUR UNBIBLICAL
VIEWS... by stating WITHOUT necessary BIBLICAL foundation that COMPLETE or ABSOLUTE Sovereignty (GOD working ALL THINGS after HIS WILL) is a LIE
... In favor of the UNBIBLICAL belief of "FREE WILL"... which remains and SHALL
REMAIN, ...UNSTATED in Scripture...
To begin with, GOD created ALL THINGS... to include any abilities and powers (choice) that might be exercised by MEN in this realm of TIME...
By NATURE, ...Men "choose" according to the FLESH (James 1:14 / Gen 3:6)
... until the TRUTH
of God -- John 14:6 / John 8:32
) MAKES men FREE
them TO IT (John 12:32)
Man is HELPLESS to abide in and by TRUTH
, and only GOD is able to bring them TO IT
... By HIS doing, without the (enslaved) "will" of man in assistance: (John 6:44 / John 14:6)
Once men have been DRAWN... the process of the WORD
of GOD, begins its work of transformation of each "FLESHLY will--ENSLAVED" man (Rom 7 - entire chapter / 1 Cor 15:31 / Gal 2:20 / Eph 2:10)
What SCRIPTURE ...actually DOES SAY
about the SOVEREIGNTY of GOD and its INFLUENCE concerning the PATHWAY which MEN walk:Eph 1:11 ...in Whom also, we have obtained an inheritance, being PREDESTINATED [a DIVINE proclamation/condition which cannot be avoided] according to the PURPOSE of HIM [GOD] who WORKETH [being actively involved] ...ALL THINGS... [which does not EXEMPT any "thing"], after the COUNSEL [advice or direction], of HIS OWN ...WILL... [determination, purpose, decree]
Your deceptive attempt left out the following: Tentmaker forums was shut down for these reasons...(1) it got overloaded for the server... and (2), there were TOO many categories which strayed, from the message of UR...
Gary Amirault wished a FOCUS more intended toward the message of UR (a message which ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY or DIVINE CONTROL, certainly does not obscure, nor detract from)... and so the forum was revamped to gain that focus... and resultingly, many categories were eliminated... NONE of said "eliminated categories" were pointed toward DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY...
As far as "hyper-sovereignty
" (your "theological and unbiblical" term)... is there anything NOT under GOD's CONTROL Craig?
Of course you believe this!
YOUR WILL for one! Eph 1:11
and several other Scriptures argue vehemently against you! -- Prov 20:24 / Jer 10:23 / Rom 9:16 / Pro 16:9 / John 6:44 & 65 / John 14:6 / Rom 9:19 / Is 46:10-11 / Rom 9:11 / Rom 4:17
to name just a FEW...
You maintain, that man has "FREE WILL", which means that he CHOOSES independently of DIRECT influence of GOD OR
the "devil"... and accordingly, you have placed that "WILL" ...OUTSIDE... of Him and HIS CONTROL... Also, thereby stripping Him of the title of ALMIGHTY... for you assert that some "might" (power) exists (your "will") and belongs EXCLUSIVELY to YOU...
This post is a POLITICAL attempt to DISENGAGE any OPPOSITION to YOUR VIEW = Propaganda...
The BIBLE (Word
of God) does NOT
state that man has "FREE WILL"...
CHOICE is NOT
free will... "CHOICE" is enacted by such as insects, animals, and computers...