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Quotes on Free Will From A Reformed Perspective

Reformed Alert

I’ve collected quotes in Evernote and searched for “free” and got these. Thought I would post some of them. Those who aren’t Reformed may think some of them go too far. No apology, just letting you know that you can skip it if it bothers you.

“If we are unwilling to let this term go altogether – though that would be the safest and most God-fearing thing to do – let us at least teach men to use it honestly, so that free choice is allowed to man only with respect to what is beneath him and not what is above him. That is to say, a man should know that with regard to his faculties and possessions he has the right to use, to do, or to leave undone, according to his own free choice, though even this is controlled by the free choice of God alone, who acts in whatever way he pleases. On the other hand in relation to God, or in matters pertaining to salvation or damnation, a man has no free choice, but is a captive, subject and slave either of the will of God or the will of Satan”
–Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will (LW 33:70).

“I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, ‘You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for Myself.’ My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“We are all sinners by nature, therefore we are held under the yoke of sin. But if the whole man is subject to the dominion of sin, surely the will, which is it’s principal seat, must be bound with the closest of chains. And indeed if divine grace were preceded by any will of ours, Paul could not have said that, ‘it is God that worketh in us to will and to do'” (Phil. 2:13)
–John Calvin

“How these two sides of God’s truth—His sovereignty in choosing us (Romans 9) and our responsibility to confess and believe (Romans 10)—reconcile is impossible for us to understand fully. But Scripture declares both perspectives of salvation to be true (John 1:12-13). It’s our duty to acknowledge both and joyfully accept them by faith.”
–John MacArthur

“God bids us do what we cannot, that we may know what we ought to seek from him.” – Augustine On Grace And Free Will

The last one is the deepest most thought provoking short quote that I’ve come across. If you have any favorites, let me know. I have some highlighted from Calvin’s Institutes that I haven’t written down yet, although the one above is from that.

Free Will Rewind

The most searched for terms that land on this blog are related to free will. Since this original post I added some additional resources in the comments.

Free Will

Free Will

This is an idea I’m still grappling with. Here is a good compilation of quotes and Scripture:
…is there such a thing as “free will”?

Scripture mentioned:
John 6:37, John 6:44, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-7