sinful character leaves man responsible.
Now what is freedom? Some what to say that man has a freedom to choose if he wants to be saved, or if he wants to reject. Some want to say that man kind say no to the Holy Spirit.
Much has been said about this matter of “Whosoever” and “Free-Will?
Scripture gives the idea that man is free? A man is free just in proportion to his convictions, just in proportion to his capability of determining his action from experience, he is free to be exactly like his heart is telling him, he is as free as his nature gives him direction.
If I as a Christian have a holy character, would you not say that my character will have the same kind of views in him heart. Would you not say that they would be a part of my new nature and my character would mirror my affections, by judgment, my reason, and my conscience? God gave me a new heart, and thus it goes in one direction, and that is of Christ likeness.
As a sinner, a person that has not been given a new heart, but has a hard heart, the soul is hard and cannot receive the seed of the Gospel (Luke 8, I spend six messages on this subject) Thus a sinner he has a no-right direction heart.
Reason would say go another way, but he can’t. His conscience would say go another direction, but he can’t. His affections and his dispositions say go another way, and he may know that, but he can’t.
Yes he has a will, and his will is only free to do what his heart is going to direct him. The very fact the impulses of his heart are in the wrong direction
Matthew 12:35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
Romans 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Luke 6:45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Psalm 33:15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
2 Peter 1:4 By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Mark 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.