I know, I know, some people use the name, Calvinist, in a derogatory way to describe me (as if Calvinism is a dirty word or John Calvin was some kind of heretic). I’m not ashamed of it. In fact, one of the graphics on the side panel of my blog site clearly and unabashedly declares, “I am a Calvinist.”
Why am I a Calvinist? Because I believe in the biblical doctrines of grace that are summarized in the five points of Calvinism or, to be more accurate, I believe the biblical doctrines of the reformers that are articulated in the Five Solas.
And that really irritates some people because they think I don’t believe in “free will.” Well, I do believe in free will. I just don't believe that an unregenerate (dead) soul can, of its own volition, choose to love God. I believe that we are all born with a free will that is rebellious, self-serving, and at enmity with God. A free will is one that will always choose to do wrong because we are born with a sin nature that is Hell-bent on doing wrong. A free will is one that hates God.
In the last verse of the popular Christian song, “Take My Life And Let It Be Consecrated,” are these words,
Take my will and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.”
Think about that. That is a prayer that the petitioner’s “free will” should be taken captive by God and that he should become a slave to His will. And when that happens his free will is no longer free. A free will is one that is free from God.
I am thankful that God is strong enough to destroy my will because, left to myself, this dirty low-life scumbag would never have chosen Him. When I was running away, He sought me; He bought me; He keeps me; He owns me; He cleanses me; and He makes me fit to live eternally in His presence. It is all His doing. I had nothing to do with the transaction. I am saved by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone and not by any effort or merit of my own.