Many people in Christendom cling to either the sovereignty of God or the free will of man and they throw the other doctrine out with the trash. Here is my question: can these two doctrines coexist in contemporary theology like they seemed to have coexisted in scripture? Why are we so quick to throw one or the other out instead of living in the tension that these two doctrines present?
I believe man has free-will according to His nature. As God has a perfect will and a permissive will.
I believe someone dead in there sins cannot choose God on his own, I believe scripture supports this. I also believe a Christian can choose to sin. But God, is the only one who has absolute free will.
Can these two doctrines coexist? Absolutely, and they do. God does not have to make man stay in his sin, he does so by his own choice (free-will). For God's elect? I believe in divine providence, therefore when a man finally (genuinely) chooses Christ, it is entirely of his free will, he is not forced in any way.
I believe scripture is pretty clear on these doctrines, if we study them without colored glasses. The reason many people "cling to either the sovereignty of God or the free will of man and they throw the other doctrine out with the trash." Is because they do not have a clear understanding of how this works, They believe if God is sovereign, then man, cannot have free will, I ask why? Or if man has free will then, how can God be sovereign? I ask, why not? Yes God is Sovereign, and man has free will. It would be an error to throw either out into the trash. Many people are quick to throw one or the other out.
Free will is taught throughout scripture, it has not ended yet, You have a choice to either walk to the store or drive to the store, you have a choice to go to work this morning or stay home, the choices are yours, freely.
But for salvation? The scriptures teach differently. But, please, if you see teachings in scripture which shows man has free will, in his dead (fallen) state to choose Christ (all on his own) show me!?!
As of yet, all I have seen is mere words, no scripture. If free will according to salvation is in scripture, please, show me.