by  Ken Norris

A very popular teaching in today's church is the doctrine of "free-will". This doctrine teaches that man, in his sinful state, can choose Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior. Unfortunately, the Scriptures don't teach this. The Scriptures teach that man is born into his sinful nature and that he will never choose God by his own free-will. The Scriptures also teach that it's God who does the choosing, not man. The salvation of anyone is done, from beginning to end, by God and God alone. Man thus receives saving faith, but it's a "passive" receiving which God imputes onto man. Salvation is totally a work of God; and He does NOT need our permission to do it! Natural man, because of pride, will not give God the honor & glory due him and instead attempt to take some of the credit for what God has done. Free-willism claims that man decides who gets saved rather than God, thus making man sovereign rather than God. This is a dangerous teaching in that many who believe that they are saved, are in fact, not saved because God has not chosen them for salvation. Man, in his arrogant pride, thinks that he can override God's choice by making his own choice. This teaching is a man-made teaching that directly attacks the sovereignty of God and illustrates man's rebellion against God's will.

Mark 7:8-9, 13   (8) You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men." (9) And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! (13) thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do."

John 8:34   Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
{Slavery to sin does NOT equal a will that's free}

"There is none that seeketh after God" (Rom. 3:11).
"Ye would not" (Matt. 23:37).

"Whosoever will" may come! (Rev. 22:17).
But none will, "except the Father draw" them (John 6:44).


  Free Will Arguments Refuted
by John Calvin
Human Inability
by Charles Spurgeon
  1 Tim. 2:4  and  2 Pet. 3:9,
Is it God's will that all people be saved?
Freedom of the Will
by Jonathan Edwards
  Bible Logic Fallacies of Synergists
by John Hendryx & Roger Smalling
Semi-Pelagianism 101:
Arminians are Christians?
  Luther Popping the Free Will Balloon Two Views of Regeneration
  Sovereign Election,
Human Responsibility,
Evangelism and the Gospel

Are Arminians Saved?
  Link #1       Link #2
  What Do Arminianism and
Hyper-Calvinism Share in Common?
Insulting God:
Hard Words for Hard Times
  Upon what basis does God know the future?
by Dr. James White      {video}
1 Timothy 2:4 - An Exegesis
  A Brief Comparative Study of:
Arminianism and Calvinism

The Fall & Its Consequences
by John Samson
  Understanding 1 John 2:2
Free Will Synergism Vs.
Free Grace Monergism
  Understanding Matthew 23:37
Those Pesky Arminian Verses

The following are comparisons between what "free-willers" say and what God's Word says...

Free-willers say:
"I chose God"


God's Word says:
John 15:16   "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Romans 10:20   But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
Romans 11:4   But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal."  Romans 11:5   Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Psalms 10:4   The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
Romans 5:10   For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
1 John 4:19   We love Him because He first loved us.

Free-willers say:
"I chose God of my own free-will"


God's Word says:
John 1:13   Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 9:16   So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
Isaiah 66:3e-4   (3e) "Just as they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delights in their abominations, (4) So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them;
Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight."
1 Corinthians 2:14   The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Free-willers say:
"I'm saved because I said the Sinner's Prayer";
using the following verse as a proof text -
Romans 10:9-10   that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


God's Word also says:

Matthew 7:21-23   "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (22) "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
{True salvation is accompanied by genuine faith & repentance. If one is truly saved, it's not because of repeating a prayer,
but, rather, it's by faith through the workings of the Holy Spirit.}

Luke 13:5   "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
Mark 16:16   "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
1 Corinthians 12:3   Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:11-14   For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Free-willers say:
"God looked down the corridors of time to see who would choose Him"
"God foreknew who would choose (accept) Him"
Related Article:
God's  Foreknowledge
by  Rev. John Samson


God's Word says:
Psalms 14:2-3    The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.   They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; [There is] none who does good, No, not one.
Psalms 10:4    The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek [God]; God [is] in none of his thoughts.
Isaiah 44:6-7   "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them."
1 Corinthians 2:14   The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Romans 8:28-29   And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 11:5-6   Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (6) And if by grace, then [it is] no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if [it is] of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Romans 9:11   (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

"A remnant according to the election of grace." Here the cause of election is traced back to it's source. The basis upon which God elected this "remnant" was not faith foreseen in them, because a choice founded upon the foresight of good works is just as truly made on the ground of works as any choice can be, and in such a case, it would not be "of grace"; for, says the apostle, "if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace"; which means that grace and works are opposites, they have nothing in common, and will no more mingle than will oil and water. Thus the idea of inherent good foreseen in those chosen, or of anything meritorious performed by them, is rigidly excluded. "A remnant according to the election of grace," signifies an unconditional choice resulting from the sovereign favour of God; in a word, it is absolutely a gratuitous election."
{from chapter 5, section 1 of "The Sovereignty Of God" by Arthur W. Pink}

Here's an interesting thought someone had in a Yahoo group; the free-willer's response would be interesting to hear:
"If the Arminians claim to believe that the elect are elect because God predestined them after looking down the corridors of time and seeing who would and would not choose Him, then why do they still deny limited atonement? If God elected from before time who He knew was going to choose Him, why did He still die for those He knew would NOT choose Him??? Why did Christ pay the penalty for the sins of men He knew would never choose Him and who He knew would spend eternity in Hell? If He knew they would never "choose" Him, was He hoping they would change their minds without Him noticing it and He died for them just in case?

Free-willers say:
"God wouldn't punish the innocent"


God's Word says:
Romans 3:23   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:10  As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;

Free-willers say:
"When we are saved, we are saved from our sins"
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Just so we are clear...



God's Word says:
Romans 5:8-9   but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
1 Thessalonians 1:10   and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Romans 2:8   but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; indignation and wrath,

[True believers are also saved from the results of sin (God's wrath), not just from sin itself. As a result of salvation, we are freed from the bondage of sin; we do not continue with sin as a dominant way of life because the reign of sin over us has forever been broken through Christ. In a believer's life, sin should be generally decreasing as time goes on (we sin less, but we are not sinless.....Perfectionism is heresy)]

Free-willers say:
"God wouldn't send anyone to hell"

PART 1        PART 2


God's Word says:
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9    and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, (8) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
Mat 25:41   Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:46   And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Revelation 20:10   The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Revelation 20:15   And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Free-willers say:
"It's not fair that God would send people to hell"


God's Word says:
Ezekiel 18:25-29   "Yet you say, "The way of the Lord is not fair." Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? (26) "When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. (27) "Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. (28) "Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. (29) "Yet the house of Israel says, "The way of the Lord is not fair." O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?
Romans 9:20-24   But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" (21) Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? (22) What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, (23) and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, (24) even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

{When God decreed to permit evil in the world, it was because light shines brighter in darkness, and because the existence of sin allows for the demonstration of Holy God's wrath against sin.}

RELATED ARTICLE -   How Can a God of Love Send Anyone to Hell?

Free-willers say:
"God does not force someone to love Him if that is against a person's freewill"
"People can resist God's will for their salvation", as Acts 7:51 states:
Acts 7:51  "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.


God's Word says:
Ezekiel 36:26-27  "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (27) "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
Titus 3:5  not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Psalms 33:8-15  Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. (9) For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (10) The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. (11) The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. (12) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (13) The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. (14) From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; (15) He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears" describes someone who is unregenerate and they, by nature, always resist God; until the Holy Spirit changes their hearts as God's Word says. If God did not change one's heart & will, then no one would be saved.

Free-willers say:
"God loves everybody"


God's Word says:
Psalms 5:5   The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
Psalms 7:11   God [is] a just judge, And God is angry [with the wicked] every day.
Psalms 11:5   The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Ephesians 2:3   among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
Romans 8:1   There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
{Even the Elect are under the wrath of God, until they become saved.}

Related Article -    Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated

Free-willers say:
"We are all God's children"


God's Word says:
Romans 9:8   That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
Ephesians 1:5   having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
John 1:12   But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Galatians 3:7   Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
Galatians 3:16   Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.
Galatians 3:26   For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:29   And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Free-willers say:
"The God of Calvinism makes people to be like robots to God"


God's Word says:
Romans 6:16-18   Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (17) But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. (18) And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Romans 6:20   For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Romans 6:22   But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

According to God's Word we are slaves (robots) either to sin or to righteousness (God). Why are free-willers so much against being slaves to God? Do they prefer being robots to sin? Their protesting sure makes it appear that way.
[ A being's will is a slave to that being's nature ]   [ An unsaved nature towards sin or a saved nature towards righteousness ]

John 8:34-36   Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (35) "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (36) "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
According to this verse we don't become robots, but we do become free. Only those in a state of rebellion toward God would oppose freedom from sin.

Canons of Dort; HoD-3/4, A-16:
Article 16 - Man’s "Will" Not Taken Away But Made Alive
Man through his fall did not cease to be man, endowed with intellect and will; and sin, which has pervaded the whole human race, did not deprive man of his human nature, but brought upon him depravity and spiritual death. So also this divine grace of regeneration does not act upon men as stocks and blocks and does not take away the will and its properties, or violently coerce it, but makes the will spiritually alive, heals it, corrects it, pleasantly and at the same time powerfully bends it. As a result, where formerly the rebellion and resistance of the flesh fully dominated, now a prompt and sincere obedience of the Spirit begins to prevail, in which the true, spiritual renewal and freedom of our will consists. And unless the admirable Author of all good should deal with us in this way, man would have no hope of rising from his fall through this free will, by which he, when he was still standing, plunged himself into ruin.

RELATED ARTICLE:  Are Calvinists Robots?

Free-willers say:
"God can't save anyone until they "accept" Him as Lord & Savior"


God's Word says:
Isaiah 46:9-11   Remember the former things of old, For I [am] God, and [there is] no other; [I am] God, and [there is] none like Me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, `My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' (11) Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken [it]; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed [it]; I will also do it.
Psalms 135:5-6   For I know that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. (6) Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.
Romans 11:34   "For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?"  Romans 11:35   "Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?"  Romans 11:36   For of Him and through Him and to Him [are] all things, to whom [be] glory forever. Amen.

Canons of Dort; HoD-3/4, A-15:
Article 15 - Christian Attitude with Respect to God’s Undeserved Grace
This grace God owes to no one. For what could He owe to man? Who has given Him first that he might be repaid? What could God owe to one who has nothing of his own but sin and falsehood? He, therefore, who receives this grace owes and renders eternal thanks to God. He who does not receive this grace, however, either does not care at all for these spiritual things and is pleased with what he has, or in false security vainly boasts that he has what he does not have. Further, about those who outwardly profess their faith and amend their lives we are to judge and speak in the most favourable way, according to the example of the apostles, for the inner recesses of the heart are unknown to us. As for those who have not yet been called, we should pray for them to God, who calls into existence the things that do not exist. But we must by no means act haughtily towards them, as if we had distinguished ourselves.

Free-willers say:
"Hebrews 2:9 says that Christ died for everyone"
Hebrews 2:9   But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.


God's Word, in context, also says:
Hebrews 2:10-17   For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (11) For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (12) saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." (13) And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me." (14) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (16) For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. (17) Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

The "everyone" in verse 9 is either 1) every individual on earth or 2) everyone in a specific group. Verse 10 says "MANY sons". If verse 9 meant every individual on earth then verse 10 would say "everyone", not "many sons". Verse 11 is obviously speaking of the saved - "For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one". Verse 12 also emphasizes a specific group when it states - "the children whom God has given Me". And verse 16 also specifies the saved when it states - "He does give aid to the seed of Abraham".
Once the context of verse 9 is examined, it becomes clear that the "everyone" is everyone of a specific group, not every individual on earth.

Understanding John 12:32

Free-willers say:
1 Tim. 4:10 says "...God, who is the Savior of all men..."
1 Timothy 4:10   For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.


God's Word also says in verse 10:
"especially of those who believe"
{The "all men" refers to all types of men, not every individual. The phrase "especially of those who believe" further defines the "all men"; it refers to those who are true believers. The word "especially" may better be rendered "that is" or "particularly"; it would then read as "that is of those who believe". Thus setting apart the Elect from the rest of mankind; showing that God is NOT the Savior of every individual on earth, but only of His chosen ones ... those who truly believe.}

The following are a few "favorite" phrases that free-willers regularly misuse by ripping them out of verses. Once explained "in context", it's easy to see how poorly these phrases have been interpreted. The following are a few examples:

Free-willers say:
"choose this day whom you will serve"


The ENTIRE verse says this:
Joshua 24:15   "And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

It's easy to see that the choice the free-willers propose is between two pagan gods (Notice that this choice is given AFTER the True God has already been rejected, as illustrated in the first part of this verse: "if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord"). Some choice, huh! What this amounts to is outright deceit to say that it means that everyone gets to choose God if he so desires, since God had already been rejected as one of the choices in this verse.

Free-willers say:
"God desires all men to be saved"


The context of this verse says:
1 Timothy 2:1-6   Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (2) for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (6) who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

The "all men" in verse 1 refers to groups or classes of men, not every individual;
illustrated by verse 2, which refers to rulers (a class of men).
Also verse 5 states that Christ is the one mediator between God & men. Now look at Heb. 7:25 -

Hebrews 7:25   Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
The Hebrews verse says that Christ intercedes for the saved (Christ does NOT intercede for the goats, but only for His sheep).
Thus, "all men" cannot mean every individual, as Rev. 5:9 further illustrates:

Revelation 5:9   And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Acts 10:34-35   Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. (35) But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

The meaning of the word "desires" in verse 4 is very important too; as explained in THIS ARTICLE.

Additional Article -  "Always Learning and Never Able to Arrive at a Knowledge of the Truth".

Free-willers say:
"The Lord is not willing that any should perish"


The ENTIRE verse says:
2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

The word "us" in this verse is the group of people that is being spoken of in this section of scripture. This "us" is the group of people that "God is not willing that any should perish" refers to.  2 Peter 1:1 makes it clear that Paul is speaking to believers in this epistle. This is further verified by the language used in 2 Peter 3:11-14. Here are the verses:

2 Peter 1:1    Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 Peter 3:11-14   Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, (12) looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? (13) Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (14) Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

Only believers (the elect) would be "looking for & hastening the coming of the day of the Lord".
Only believers (the elect) would be called "beloved" and also be "looking forward to these things".
The any in the phrase "God is not willing that any should perish" refers to the elect, not everyone in the world.
Also, let's not miss the fact that Paul is referring to a promise that God has made to the "us", as it states in the first part of verse 9.
The deceitful misuse of scripture by free-willers is again clearly evident.

Additional Articles -    "2 Peter 3:9"   by Dr. Ken Matto

"Just what DOES 2nd Peter 3:9 mean, anyway?"

Free-willers say:
"The Lord knocks on the door and all you have to do is open it and invite Him in"


The entire verse says:
Revelation 3:20   "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

There are two problems with this:
1)  This verse is spoken to the church, not "everyone", as verse 22 of this same chapter states:  Revelation 3:22  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.".
2)  You would have to "hear" the knock and the Lord's voice. (Don't forget what verse 22 says: Revelation 3:22  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.").  When was the last time you answered a door when you did NOT hear anyone knocking?
Jesus Christ is the one who opens our spiritual eyes & ears so we can understand the gospel, not man. (Matthew 13:10-17)
Jesus Christ also has the key to unlock the door, not man. (Rev. 3:7)
Only His sheep know His voice. (John 10:27)

Free-willers say:
"We must work out our own salvation", when referring to the following verse from Philippians:
Philippians 2:12   Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;


God's Word also says:
Philippians 2:13   for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good pleasure.

Free-willers always leave out verse 13 which explains that it's God doing the work, not man. Thus giving the glory to themselves, rather than to God. Another example of deceit by free-will teachings.

Free-willers say:
2 Peter 2:1-2   But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2) Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;


God's Word also says:
2 Peter 2:3   and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
Deuteronomy 32:5-6   "They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation. (6) Do you thus deal with the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?
Free-willers often use the underlined phrase out of verse 1 to disprove limited atonement. The word "bought" is the key word in this verse; free-willers claiming that this word has an "actual" meaning of "being redeemed" by Christ. This is quite impossible though. The true meaning of "bought" in this verse is merely a "professed" redemption, not an "actual" redemption. This is proven by the language used in verse 3, which speaks of the false teacher's "judgement & destruction" being a sure thing. If the meaning of "bought" was actual, then the false teachers would NOT be facing a "sure judgement & destruction"; but would have passed from death unto eternal life (If this were the case, then verse 3 wouldn't exist).

Does 2 Peter 2:1 Deny Particular Redemption?

2 Peter 2:1 and Universal Redemption

Now for a look at John 3:16:
John 3:16   "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Free-willers say:
Anyone can "choose" to believe because the verse says "whoever believes in Him"


God's Word says:
Romans 3:11-12   There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
1 Corinthians 2:14   But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
John 12:39-40   Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, (40) He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Ephesians 1:5   Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
John 10:26-27   "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. (27) "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

These verses not only say that the unsaved man will not seek or choose God,
but they also say that the elect are saved according to God's will & purpose, not man's.
This is yet another example of a deceitfully misused verse by free-will teachings.

{If the Church is the Bride of Christ, then does God love another woman (the world) in the same way?}
The answer must be an emphatic, "No!!!"

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(Heb 6:4-6 KJV)   For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, {5} And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, {6} If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

In these verses we come across three of the most misused Scriptures by the "you can lose your salvation" camp. When we really look close at these verses we will see that the only group in view here are informed unbelievers. These may be the ones who come to church or hear a gospel broadcast and are not the Elect of God, so they continue in their sins. When an unsaved person sits in church and hears the Gospel, they are in essence partaking of the Holy Spirit, because they are fellowshipping with Christians who are indwelled with the Holy Spirit and hearing a message from a preacher who is indwelled with the Holy Spirit. So in essence they are surrounded with those the Holy Spirit has indwelled and they have heard an illumined message from a Holy Spirit indwelled Pastor. Since they have been partakers by this association, they are also tasting the Word of God because that is the basis of what the Believer teaches and lives by. Also, when they are hearing the Word of God preached, they are, in essence, hearing the language and experiencing the power of the World to come. This is because the Word of God is foreign to this sin cursed world and the pure words of God are something that is going to be an eternal occurrence in heaven, where there is no sin to corrupt or prohibit.

Now the next phrase speaks of a person falling away. Now in the Greek the phrase is and having fallen away. It is not a question of if, but it is a question of that they are already fallen. Those who are fallen and are not of God's Elect, can never be renewed to repentance, which is a synonym for salvation. The only way a person can repent, is if God has already started salvation in that person's life. It is always salvation first and then repentance. This why a non-elect person cannot be renewed unto repentance. A Christian who is out of fellowship can be renewed to repentance because the Holy Spirit is dwelling inside the believer with the power to help that believer repent. The unbeliever continues to sin and this is like causing the Lord Jesus Christ to continually go to the cross, in other words, His final sacrifice was not an end because there is no end to sin in the unbeliever's life. In the believers life, the Lord Jesus Christ completely took away their sins forever. The unbelievers still have their continuum of sin and that is why they cannot be renewed to repentance. Now how do we know that these passages are speaking of unbelievers? Let us look at verse 9. (Heb 6:9 KJV) But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. Verse 9 gives the key to understanding the rest of these verses. It definitely shows two distinct groups in view. It shows the perpetuity of unbelief and its inability to repent without regeneration, and in verse 9, we read that there is better things for the believer and what are they? Things that accompany salvation. The distinction is very clear between the two groups. So never let anyone use this as ammo for their loss of salvation theory on you.

{The commentary on Heb. 6:4-6 was by Dr. Ken Matto.}
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