Chapter 3 is called “Predestination and Free Will.” Sproul writes:
“To get a handle on the puzzling relationship between predestination and free will, we must first define free will” (p. 51).
To those who are not wonderfully confused about the Creator/creature distinction it is not puzzling in the least. As for defining “free will” there is the Biblical definition that denies that unregenerate man has the ability to choose to believe in the true God and the true Christ and the true gospel. Even Sproul would profess to affirm this much. In fact, most of what Sproul writes about in this chapter is about this aforementioned view of “free will.”
BUT there is also the larger issue of “free will” that has to do purely with God’s sovereignty. This particular Biblical definition denies that a person has the “free will” to do any wicked thing and affirms that a person can only do the specific wicked thing that God actively causes him to do.
“Christian thinkers have given us two very important definitions of free will. We will consider first the definition offered by Jonathan Edwards in his classic work, On the Freedom of the Will. Edwards defined the will as ‘the mind choosing’” (p. 53).
If we were to stop at this definition then everyone would have “free will” in this sense. But “the mind choosing” says nothing about what this mind is able to choose, or whether or not God is the One who determines what this mind will choose to do.
“A second definition of free will is ‘the ability to choose what we want’” (p. 54).
From Paul’s explanation of the Exodus account we see that Pharaoh chose what he wanted. He wanted to rebel against the command of God. And God actively and efficiently worked this desire into the heart of Pharaoh in order to display His power in him (Romans 9:17).
“Think for a minute about your own choices. How and why are they made? At this very instant you are reading the pages of this book. Why? Did you pick up this book because you have an interest in the subject of predestination, a desire to learn more about this complex subject?” (p. 54)
I picked up this book by virtue of God’s eternal decree. In time God fulfilled this decree by stirring my spirit within me, seeing that Sproul and much of the professing Calvinist world is wholly given to idolatry. For most who call themselves “Calvinist” or “Reformed” say that God is IN CONTROL of all things but does not actively CONTROL all things. How is that possible? Well, to anyone with a sound mind, it’s NOT possible. It’s a contradiction. A “god” who does not actively control what He creates is NOT the sovereign God of the Bible. It is an idol.
The true doctrine of predestination is NOT complex. It is quite simple and easy to understand. But we have Calvinist authors and seminarians like R.C. Sproul who due to their suppression of the truth in unrighteousness desire to make it appear complex by dreaming up all kinds of intricate theories in order to justify their view of their god who doesn’t cause everything while somehow remaining sovereign. They have to concoct these fables, these fictions about God, in order to force all their preconceived notions into the Bible’s clear teaching of God’s sovereignty. Next Page (4)