Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 4

CAN GOD REWARD US IF WE ARE NOT FREE? In the diatribe, Erasmus raises yet another common logical/emotional objection to Calvinism's view of the Sovereignty of God.  The objection is that if God rewards and punishes the deeds that men do, and if all men's deeds were foreordained by God, then God ultimately punishes/rewards based … Continue reading Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 4

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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 … Continue reading Tullian Tchividjian Reflects on Free Will

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 2

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer 17:9) One common objection to God's Sovereignty as revealed in the Scriptures is that it makes man a robot. I've heard Christians describe Calvinist doctrine as the idea that God brings people to salvation against their will and damns other … Continue reading Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 2

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 1

This summer I had the privilege of spending some time in the land of Luther and while I was there I wanted to read one of Luther's works.  I had just finished his commentary on Galatians so I decided to take his masterpiece along with me - The Bondage of the Will.  I scratched a … Continue reading Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will, part 1