The Bonfire–Straw Man Argument #4

The following question was asked in response to a statement made by a Calvinist regarding the relationship between the sinner’s choice and God’s choice.

“We are free to choose the flavor of ice cream we want, color of socks that we are going to wear today, and what we want for breakfast, but not God?”

This question is obviously based on the straw man argument that Calvinists don’t believe sinners are able to make active and free choices but, like puppets or robots, are controlled by God apart from conscious and culpable decisions they make.

In answer to this argument I would invite you to read my post “Arminian Presupposition #s 11 & 12.”

The answer is, sinners are as free to choose God and Christ if they want to as you are to choose the flavor of ice cream you wish, the sock color you wish, or what you wish for breakfast. No one believes sinners can’t choose what they wish. What Calvinist believe is that sinners are unable to choose what they hate.


4 Responses to “The Bonfire–Straw Man Argument #4”

  1. February 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Aye, mate. And all men are, by nature, children of wrath and the devil and are at war with God. Unless the Lord intervenes according to His predetermined plan, each man will happily go straight to hell.

    • February 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

      You are absolutely right. Sinful nature is the problem. It is because we are at war with God that we always make the wrong choices and, as you point out, sinners willingly and freely choose to go to hell.

  2. February 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    A Biblical study of fallen human nature ‘should’ correct the problem.

    • February 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      You are quite right my brother. The interesting things is some of these people don’t seem to believe we are born with a fallen nature. Apart from that biblical fact, it is quite difficult to explain the universality of sin. They suppose the effect of Adam’s sin is merely his bad example, but there are lots of folks who are sinners who have never witnessed his bad example.

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