Tullian Tchividjian Reflects on Free Will


In the essay at the following link, Tullian Tchividjian reflects on Jonathan Edwards famous work, the freedom of the will.

REFLECTIONS ON JONATHAN EDWARDS’ VIEW OF FREE WILL

Tchividjian sums Edwards:

We choose according to that which we desire most. The problem, however, as we noted earlier, is that because the fall was total and not partial, and as a result we are all dead in our trespasses and sins desiring only sin by nature, what seems to us to be right, proper, and good is wrong, improper, and bad. Sin has made us God-haters at the core of our souls so that we are all by nature at enmity with God. In order for us to do what God would have us to do, we need to be who God wants us to be. And in order for us to be who God wants us to be, we need new natures. And because we cannot change our own nature, no more than we can push a bus while we are riding in it, we are in need of the sovereign hand of grace to change it for us. We cannot do what pleases God because we will not do what pleases God. And the reason we will not is because we don’t want to.

 

Note: this excellent summary of Edwards theology of the will does not serve as an endorsement of the ministry of Tchividjian and his advocacy for contemporary worship.

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