Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Charles Spurgeon on Free Will

I get a daily devotional email that includes a quote from Charles Spurgeon. Lately there have been some great insights into Spurgeon's view of Free Will. Enjoy.
  • We declare on scriptural authority that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, super-natural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will will ever be constrained toward Christ.
  • There is nothing I desire more to get rid of than my own will, and to be absorbed into the will and purpose of my Lord. To do according to the will of him who is most good, most true, most wise, most mighty, seems to me to be heaven. Let others choose the dignity of independence; I crave the glory of being wholly dead in Christ, and only alive in him.
  • Free-will doctine--what does it? It magnifies man into God. It declares God's purposes a nullity, since they cannot be carried out unless men are willing. It makes God's will a waiting servant to the will of man, and the whole covenant of grace dependent on human action. Denying election on the ground of injustice, it holds God to be a debtor to sinners.
  • Some set up the will as a kind of deity. It does as it wills with earth and heaven. But in truth the will is not a master but a servant. Men do not will a thing because they will it, but because their affection, their passions, or their judgments influence their wills in that
    direction. No man can truly say, 'I, unbiased and unaided, will to love God and not to love Satan.' Such a proud self-assuming language would prove him a liar. The man would be clearly a worshiper of himself.

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