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Review: The Bondage of the Will

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The Bondage of the WillThe Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I had known about this book when I was in high school. For much of my formative years I have struggled with seeing free will in the Bible, being taught about the “age of accountability” and told that it was very explicit in the pages of Scripture. It came down to a single decision: stand alone on the argument against free will or submit to the teaching of the church. Submit was what I thought was my only option.

Happy I was to find out more than a year ago that I was not alone: there are many people who agree that there is no free will in the face of God’s omnipotence. Not only that, but it is not a new idea at all. Martin Luther does a masterful job in this classic of laying out the teaching of the Bible and its very staunch view of God’s action in drawing us to himself as the only way to be reconciled to him.

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The Inexplicable Will of God

It now then remains, that perhaps some one may ask, Why then does not God cease from that motion of His omnipotence, by which the will of the wicked is moved to go on in evil, and to become worse?  I answer: this is to wish that God, for the sake of the wicked, would cease to be God; for this you really desire, when you desire His power and action to cease; that is, that He should cease to be good, lest the wicked should become worse.

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The Good News of the Bound Will

Ever have questions about how some Christians believe that we do not have free will and that God is the one who calls people to become Christian?  In the 1600s, Martin Luther wrote a book called The Bondage of the Will in which he describes the Bible’s teaching on our inability to choose salvation for ourselves.

In this excellent presentation by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt (White Horse Inn), he addresses concerns that are often raised about the bondage of the will:

  • Do I have any choices I can make?
  • Is there no point, then to evangelism and doing good?
  • I thought that I needed to have faith in Christ and repent, that sounds like something that I do on my own.
  • Where does the Bible say that I have no ability to choose God?

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