I do not believe the concept of Libertarian Free Will has any philosophical or theological coherence. My purpose in this article is to lay out the contrast between Libertarian Free Will and the Biblical view often referred to as Compatibilist Free Will.
I want to ensure, especially when discussing this particular topic, that the terms I use are well defined up front. This will hopefully prevent the reader from falling into the danger of assuming his own definitions and therefore miss the impact of what is being said or develop a misconception of what is being communicated. Human beings, due to their fallen state (1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 8:7-8), will invariably bring their own assumptions of their own abilities to a discussion of the will and therefore already have preconceived notions of what it means to “will” something. Clearly defining these terms as used in this article will hopefully allow me to more quickly get to the root of the issues addressed and the reader gains more benefit.
In this podcast Jason goes over a wide assortment of topics. First he discusses the previous episode debate with Paul Pavao on the Perseverance of the Saints. Next Jason discusses Mother Teresa and her upcoming canonization as a Saint. Then Jason discusses a meme put together by Leighton Flowers comparing the God of Calvinism to Satan. The show is closed out with a review of an interview of Tim Keller on the Veritas Forum.
In this episode Jason Mullett and Paul Pavao debate the topic of the Perseverance of the Saints. With this thesis Jason takes the affirmative and Paul the negative. The episode starts with 10 minute opening statements by both Jason and Paul. After the opening statements they engaged in a free and open dialogue.
In this episode Jason addresses the unprecedented argument against Calvinism by Eric Lounsbery. The text that Eric uses is Luke 8:9-12. Eric had challenged Dr. James White with what he calls his unprecedented and irrefutable argument against Calvinism. Jason then goes into the radiocarbon dating and how it affirms Biblical Creation when the presuppositions of Biblical Creation are applied instead of naturalistic presuppositions. Both radiocarbon dating and C14 equilibrium are examined.
Jason first goes through the Bible and demonstrates that regeneration precedes faith. Faith and believing in Jesus is the result of being born again. Jason then discusses whether God is the author of evil in reformed theology.
In this episode Jason discusses a recent interaction he had with an Arminian by the name of Andy who posted some disparaging comments about Calvinism on the logicalbelief.org blog. Jason challenged Andy to defend his comments on the Podcast. The ensuing email conversation is both educational and entertaining. The show is closed out with a brief discussion on Kent Hovind’s video response to an email written by Jason challenging his KJV-Onlyism position.
In this episode Jason continues the series that discusses the Doctrines of Grace. We begin this episode with a discussion of the terrorist acts in France and the inability of the secular worldview to deal with this. We then go into a discussion of the the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints. This doctrine teaches that God will persevere all of his elect to the end. It teaches that the elect of God will continue in the faith till the end of their life because their faith is a gift from God and Christ is mediating and interceding for them.
In this episode Jason continues the series that discusses the Doctrines of Grace. In this episode we first discuss presuppositional apologetics and a recent Christian/Atheist Debate and then we focus on the doctrine of Irresistible Grace. This doctrine says that when the Holy Spirit regenerates the heart of the individual that God has foreknown and elected to salvation that individual will without fail come to Christ in faith. The regenerated person will always believe and trust in Christ alone for his salvation because he has been given a new heart with new desires. The regenerated person has been given a new spiritual nature that both desires to and can please God.
In this episode Jason continues the series that discusses the Doctrines of Grace. In this episode we focus on the doctrine of Limited Atonement (Particular Redemption). This doctrine teaches that the atonement of Christ on the cross was intended for and applied to the elect of God. It means that Christ completely saved certain individuals at the cross. The atonement was particular in its intention and effect but sufficient for all. This doctrine does not teach that Christ’s sacrifice was incapable of saving all people but that it was not intended for all people.