Name one preacher who would use the following phrases today… in sermons, talks and teachings?
Only someone who knew the truth… that our wills are not “free” would use these phrases:
slave of Christ Jesus
slaves for obedience
slaves you are
slaves of Sin
enslaved to Righteousness
slaves to Uncleanness
slaves to Righteousness
slaves of Sin
enslaved to God
slavery’s spirit to fear
slavery of corruption
1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, severed for the evangel of God
16 Are you not aware that to whom you are presenting yourselves as slaves for obedience, his slaves you are, whom you are obeying, whether of Sin for death, or of Obedience for righteousness?
17 Now thanks be to God that you were slaves of Sin, yet you obey from the heart the type of teaching to which you were given over.
18 Now, being freed from Sin, you are enslaved to Righteousness.
19 As a man am I saying this, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For even as you present your members as slaves to Uncleanness and to Lawlessness for lawlessness, thus now present your members as slaves to Righteousness for holiness.
20 For when you were slaves of Sin, you were free as to Righteousness.
21 What fruit, then, had you then? — of which you are now ashamed, for, indeed, the consummation of those things is death.
22 Yet, now, being freed from Sin, yet enslaved to God, you have your fruit for holiness. Now the consummation is life eonian.
15 For you did not get slavery’s spirit to fear again, but you got the spirit of sonship, in which we are crying, “Abba, Father!”
21 that the creation itself, also, shall be freed from the slavery of corruption into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
Today’s freewill cult… dishonors the God who is operating all things after the council of His own will (EPH:1:11). They pretend that you determine your own destiny by the so-called “freewill” choices you make in this life.
Instead, you should know, that “all is out of God, through God and for God (Romans 11:36).
And that “God wills to save all mankind” (I TIM 2:4).
The human will is not “free” of influence. And God is the great influencer of all things.
It would be more truthful to talk about “the bondage of the will” than the freedom of the will.