There is no Gospel where there is free will

Posted: October 27, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Christian Theology, Christianity, Reformed Theology, Uncategorized

A helpful article by Byron Yawn on freedom of the will. Here’s a small bit of it, but the whole article is worth your time.

By proposing free will in salvation we may think we are defending the essence of the Gospel, but we are in fact denying it. Most who hold to free will assume they are preserving the quality of love between Savior and sinner, but are in fact diluting it. If you add free will to the equation it actually marginalizes the Gospel. The Gospel was necessary- exactly and specifically – because man did not have the capacity to bring himself to God. Such is God’s love. Jesus died because we could not save ourselves in any sense of the word. The Gospel is about a rescue mission and not about lending man a helping hand in his search for God.

To state it completely, it was the absence of freewill (total depravity) which necessitated the incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no Gospel where there is free will. He came into the world to save us principally because we lacked the free will to save ourselves, not because we possessed it. We were “dead in our trespasses.” Free will does not assist in defending the Gospel it does away with the need for it.

read the whole article here

  1. Michael D. Morth says:

    Amen! I wish more Christians understood that we really don’t deserve grace.

  2. I agree completely and I love the name awakening grace!

    Keep Writing,

    Travis (

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