“You do not have free will, you have the illusion of free will” – Limitless
Decisions, decisions…you make them everyday, from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. Do you choose the fiber laden Colon Blow cereal or do you choose the magically delicious Lucky Charms? Do you wear jeans or khakis to work? Do you take the scenic route to work or go the way that will get you there the fastest, but who really leaves in time to take the scenic route? We do make decisions everyday which is what makes us think we have complete free will but the simple truth is we do not have complete free will. All of our actions are guided by God, much the same way a movie is directed. Only in this movie God is the director and executive producer and the main star is Jesus. This goes for everyone, whether you believe in God or not..
In the book of Exodus it is God who used Moses and Pharaoh to demonstrate His power, and it was God who hardened Pharaohs heart.
Mistakenly many Christians believe they can make a decision for Jesus, that they can decide to follow Jesus whenever they are good and ready. This idea was introduced to the church during the revivalist movements started by Charles Finney. This idea goes against everything the Bible has to say on the matter and has sadly permeated many evangelical churches in America today.
The Bible says in the book of John:“This is why I’ve told you no one can come to me unless it is granted to him by the Father.”
A little later in John it says this: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit”
We cannot choose to follow Jesus because the Bible calls us dead in sin (Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 2:1) The dead cannot decide to get up and live. It can’t be done no matter how many Night of the Living Dead movies Hollywood makes. It is only Jesus makes us live, he chooses us because in our sin we would never choose him. It is Jesus that breathes life into us. He not only chooses us but he gives us the ability to follow him, he gives us our faith in Him.
If the idea of free will is true and we can decide whether or not we follow Christ then heaven would be empty.
If the idea of free will is true than God has given people the power to override His will.
If the idea of free will is true than God wouldn’t be directing a movie, he’d be directing a stage play.
Simply put we cannot decide to follow Jesus. The good news of the Gospel is that Christ chooses to demonstrates His love in that while we were still sinners He died for us. He draws us into His net of grace, He makes us live through His power and that is truly good news.