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Topic: Free Will

Episode Topic Audio

2021-06-16
Gay Pride Month: Why does God allow Gay Pride month?
LGBTW Marriages: Why are people caught up in the LGBTQ movement and so many are marrying each other?
God Helping Homosexuals: Why doesn't God help gay people better so they can please Him? [Romans 12:2, Matthew 11:29-30, Matthew 7:13-14, Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 9:10, John 8:31-34].

2021-06-09
"Once Saved, Always Saved" or "Eternal Security": If once saved, are we always saved, or can one fall into sin and eventually apostatize? [I Timothy 4:1, James 3:2].



2021-05-27
Animals & Free Will: Why do you think that animals don't have free will and don't make choices?



2021-05-12
Humans Created to be Unable to Sin Could God have created us unable to sin, and yet still given free-will?



2021-05-05
Free Will and Self-control: Could you clarify if there is a sharp distinction between self-control and one's free will?



2021-04-28
Why Didn't God Create us Better?: Why didn't God create us with stronger desires to do good and more self-control?



2021-04-22
Why God Gave Free Choice to Adam & Eve: Why didn't God create Adam & Eve with more self control and more of a desire to obey Him, so they would have a more pleasant walk with Him?



2021-04-09
God Created a Flawed World: If God is all powerful and wise, why did He create such a flawed creation, and create beings that did not have the self-control to do the right thing? [Deuteronomy 30:11].
God's Foreknowledge: If God has foreknowledge, why would He bother testing us, if He already knows the outcome?


2021-03-01
The Calvinist Position on The Fall: Caller attempts to clarify the Calvinist position on election and free will. [John 6:44].



2021-02-22
No Free Choice: How can you say that God gives us a choice when the end result is hell? That is no choice.
God Lets Evil Happen: Is it right for God to stand by and let evil happen?


2021-02-10
Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?: Did you say that true Christians can lose their salvation?
Salvation & Sanctification: What role does God have in salvation and sanctification? If we have a part in it, doesn't it take away the glory that is His alone?
God's Sovereignty & Control Over One's Salvation: Could you help me understand God "works all things" relative to one's salvation? [Ephesians 4:1, Philippians 1:6, I John 2:19, John 17:12, I Timothy 4:1, Hebrews 3:1, Hebrews 3:12].

2021-02-04
God Created Bad Kids: How can God create people who will go bad and ultimately be doomed?



2021-01-27
Deism: Do you think it is more reasonable to consider a Deist view since God doesn't doesn't seem to micromanage things and free will seems more prevalent? [Proverbs 21:1, Hosea 8:4].
Need for Rebaptism: If I wandered away from the Lord at one point in my life, becoming a prodigal, but returned to Him, do I need to be rebaptized?
God's Voice (God Speaking): How do you know when it is God speaking vs just having one's own thoughts? [Acts 16:6-7].

2021-01-25
God's Children Suffering: Help me accept why God would continue with his plans for having children if He knew they would suffer terribly in their lives?



2021-01-25
Calvinism vs the Alternates: What is the difference between Calvinism and other denominations? Recommended lecture; "God's Sovereignty & Man's Salvation."
Steve Gregg Leaving Calvary Chapel: What lead to your departure from Calvary Chapel?


2020-12-15
The Predestined & The Elect: Could you help me understand "the predestined" and "the elect"? [John 15, Luke 19:10].
Satan Lucifer: Is Satan the Lucifer, and was he an archangel? [2 Peter 1:19].


2020-11-23
Calvinism & Few Who Find it: If scripture indicates that people will be trying to "find" the way, doesn't that become a good argument against Calvinism? [Matthew 7:14].



2020-11-03
Jesus Capable of Sin: Could Jesus have sinned if He had chosen to? [Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 26:53].



2020-10-06
Predestination & Free Will: Can you help me with my struggle with the word, "predestination" and its implications? [Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:29].



2020-10-01
The Elect in Christ: Is it biblical to view that Christ is the elect one, and we are "in Him", therefore also elect? [John 15:6, Ephesians 1:4, I John 5:12].
Corporate Election: Is viewing election as "corporate election" biblical, as to opposed to the Calvinist view? [John 15:6, Ephesians 1:4, I John 5:12].


2020-09-28
Hardened Hearts: Could you help me with my struggle in understanding when the Bible says God hardened people's hearts? [Isaiah 64:6].
Good Works as Filthy Rags & The Ones Who Don't Know Him: If we all deserve hell, and our works are as filthy rags, how does it work for those that have never really had any breaks or opportunity to know Christ? [Isaiah 64:6, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 21:27, Titus 2:14, Acts 10:34, I Timothy 2:4, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Peter 3:9, Ezekiel 33:11].


2020-09-23
Year of Jubilee: Would you describe the "Year of Jubilee" and if there is application to us today? [Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:2, 2 Timothy 2, Hebrews 2:15].



2020-09-22
if Christ Died to Atone for Sin, How Can There Still be Punishment: If Christ came to die to atone for the sins of all, how can punishment be required (universal atonement vs universal salvation)? [I Corinthians 8:10-11, 2 Peter 2:1].



2020-09-09
Why Does God Make Any That Will Not Believe?: Since God knows who will accept Him, why would He still make people if they will be consigned to hell?



2020-09-02
If God Knows My Future, How Am I Accountable?: If God knows my future, then how am I accountable for where I end up?



2020-08-31
Who is in Charge on Earth?: Who is actually in charge on earth? [Proverbs 21:1, Psalms 34:7, Daniel 2:24, Romans 8:28].
The Earth Getting Worse Till the End: Do you think that the earth is going to get worse progressively before He returns? [Revelation 20:7-8].


2020-08-26
Remaining in Christ: Do you think this verse indicates that "remaining" in Jesus affirms Pelagius' ideas about free will, grace, and choice? [John 15:5, James 1:17].
Adam & Eve Needing to Eat of the Tree of Life: If Adam & Eve had to eat of the tree regularly, why did they only have to eat of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil once to be forever cursed with death? [I Timothy 6:16, Revelation 22:3].


2020-08-12
Many Are Called, Few Chosen: Does "many are called, but few are chosen" mean that God knows who is going to be saved from the beginning? [Matthew 22:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:14].



2020-08-10
Calvary Chapel's View of End Times: Could you clarify what differences you have with Calvary Chapel and why they would consider some of your views as heretical?
Angels Could Fall Again: If angels have fallen in the past, what prevents them from falling again? [2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6].


2020-08-06
Prayer to Affect the Choices of Others: Can you pray that someone make certain choices, but they can still resist to do it? [Acts 7:51].



2020-08-06
No Free Will: Do not these verses indicate that there is no free will? [Ecclesiastes 9:3, Genesis 8:21, Luke 7:30, Joshua 24:14-15, Romans 7:21].



2020-07-30
Greek Word for faith, "pistis": Could you help me sort out the actual meaning of the Greek word for faith, "pitis" and how it relates to a gift given or our choosing to believe? [Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 11:1].
Faith-a Gift Given or Chosen by Us: Could you help me understand out much our will has to do with our salvation, the grace with which it is given, and evaluation of the evidence? [Hebrews 11:1].


2020-07-28
Defining Calvinism: Many of the definitions of Calvinism (from the Reformed Calvinists) seem to disagree with your definition. Can you help me reconcile this?



2020-07-17
Terrified into the Church: How could John MacArthur, a Calvinist, believe that people could be terrified into entering the church, if they are already elect?



2020-07-10
God's Sovereignty: Isn't God completely sovereign? If God wants a child to be born, is there anything we can do to prevent that? [Matthew 10:29, Genesis 50:20, Acts 2:23].



2020-07-08
Why Did God Create the Evil Realm: If God is so good and all-powerful, why would He create a evil realm, its consequences, and competition for righteousness?



2020-07-03
Characterizations of Calvinism: Do you agree with the suggestion that the Calvinist view and characterization of God, is like He intervenes to assist someone who is mentally ill and cannot make a decision?



2020-06-26
God is Not a Racist - Insufficient: Isn't saying that "God is not a racist", an insufficient response to clarifying why God doesn't choose any racial group for carrying out His will? [Romans 2:5-10].
Calvinism-We Are Not Robots: Is it not insufficient to say that "we are not robots" in your argument regarding Calvinism and the matter of free-will and predestination?


2020-06-01
Arminians Not Willing to Pray for the Salvation of Others: Could you help me refute the Calvinist argument that Arminianism undermines the motivation to pray for the unsaved?



2020-05-29
Arminian & Calvinist Analogy: Could the contrasting views of Arminian & Calvinist be paralleled to the formation of diamonds and superstitious alchemy?



2020-05-11
The Chosen of God, the Elect: Why do you believe that we are not chosen as the elect by the Holy Spirit?
A Sovereign God That Allows Evil in the World: If God is sovereign, why does He allow so much evil in the world?


2020-05-08
God's Intention in Creation: Can you clarify your position that God did not intend for this creation to be corrupted and people to fall? [Genesis].
God Omniscience Questioned in the Creation: If God is omniscient, why then would He go forward with the creation, knowing that it would be corrupted and He would have to wipe everyone out?
Sin in Heaven & No Free Will: Would it not follow that the only way there will be no sin is in heaven, is if our free will is taken from us?

2020-04-28
Calvinism-Total Depravity or Elect: Is there a place in Calvinism in-between the two extremes; either elect (or called), or totally depraved? [John 12:32, Acts 10, 16].



2020-04-22
No Choice to be Sinner, but Required Choice to be Saved: Why do I have no choice in being born a sinner, but I have to make a choice to be saved? [Romans 5:18-19, Isaiah 7:16, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:16].



2020-04-06
Coronavirus Pandemic - Should We Test God: Do you think it is right for church to stay open during this pandemic? Is it not tempting God?



2020-04-06
God Allows Rape & Intercourse: Why would God allow rape and child molestation, and could He have not made a different way to make children so that no one could be hurt in that way?



2020-03-31
Why Do We Pray: Do we pray to change things, or pray that God will changes his mind, or what? [James 4:2-3, Matthew 6:10].



2020-03-19
All Things Controlled by God: What do you think about the reference to "works all things according to His will" in Ephesians? [Ephesians 1:3,11, Romans 8:28, Luke 7:30, I Thessalonians 4 ].



2020-02-26
Calvinism, Sovereignty & Free Will: If Jesus died for everyone, and gives man free will, then what if no one chose to follow Him? Does this option not give man more sovereignty than God? [John 17].



2020-02-18
Free Will in Heaven: If angels fell, how then can we not fall, unless God removes our free will?



2019-12-20
Corpses Don't Have Free Will: Do we really have a will in the first place? Doesn't Paul indicate that we are just corpses? [Ephesians 2:1, Luke 15:11-32].



2019-09-13
Programmed to Love or Not Love God: If God already pre-programmed me to love Him or not, then isn't it impossible for me to exercise free-will? How could then one define love? Philippians 2:4, Romans 12:10].



2019-08-30
Angels-Free Will: When God made the angels, did He give them the same free-will that He gave us?



2019-08-30
Calvinism - No Free Will: Is Calvinism true when it teaches that people really don't have any free choice in who will be saved? [Romans 9,11, Galatians 3:16].



2019-07-18
Nebuchadnezzar: What about Nebuchadnezzar and the way God stepped in and made him losing his mind? [Daniel 4].



2019-07-05
Fallen Angels & Demons: How are fallen angels and demons related in the Bible? [2 Peter 2:4, Jude 4:6, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 12:9].
Angels Free Will: So do angels have free will, as we do?


2019-03-12
Omniscience: Does God know every outcome, yet still allows for free will?
Sabbath keeping: Is it okay to keep the Sabbath and the festivals, if you want to? [Romans 14:5].


2019-03-06
New Earth: Will we still have temptations and free will, and be able to disobey, when we are on the new earth? If the angels chose to sin, will we be able to?



2019-01-22
Free Will: What can you tell me about "free-will" and God's plan for us? [Deuteronomy, Joshua, Matthew 23:37, 2 Peter 3, Ezekiel 33:11, Isaiah 1:3, Jeremiah 8:7, Galatians 5:17-25].



2019-01-22
Foreordained, Predestined, Foreknowledge, Calvinism: Are there other passages that imply that Adam & Ever were meant to sin, and related to the favorite passage for Calvinists; "Christ being foreordained before the foundation of the earth"? [I Peter 1:20, Romans 8, Ephesians 2]



2018-08-24
Supernatural Beings: (Steve said this kid could call back in the same show; he took advantage of it.) How much influence does supernatural beings have on the natural world?
Free Will: Why didn't God plan the world to be like what heaven will be since they won't be able to sin there? Why did He allow sin?
Beliefs & Denominations: Are there some denominations that won't go to heaven? Or one denomination that will?

2018-08-17
Angels: Do angels have free will? How many angels did God create? If satan wasn't an angel, what was he?



2018-07-30
Calvinism & Free Will: How can Calvinists say that God can't give people Free Will because can't God do anything He wants? Isn't He a Sovereign God?



2018-07-11
Free Will & Being Born Again: So according to the Gospel of John we can't choose to be born again, so we don't really have free will? Is that right? [John 1:13]



2018-06-21
Miracle of getting my G/F back: Do you suppose God can do miracles, especially Him helping my relationship w/ my girlfriend.



2018-05-25
Free Will & Determinism: Can you help me understand the difference between Free will & Determinism?
Gifts of the Spirit: God gives some of us abundant gifts, others not so much, so we need to take advantage of whatever God gives us.


2018-05-11
Calvinism: Can you please talk about calvinism & free will? [Revelation 22:19]



2018-04-11
Calvinism & Libertarian Free will: A Calvinist caller asks, If what you say is true about us having our own free will, our own choice, could someone possibly always choose to do the right thing, thereby circumventing the need for a Savior?



2018-03-12
Calvinism verses Arminianism: How can you reconcile, "no one can come to Me, unless the Father draws them" w/ your view of Arminianism? You asked a hypothetical question in one of your lectures, What is the difference between person A & person B, if it's about Free Will & a person choosing of their own ability to believe? [john 6:24-25]



2018-01-31
Destined for Hell: Why would God create people destined for hell?
Reliability of the Bible: My son is concerned about the possible corruption in scriptures.


2018-01-05
Rhema, Logos: "Word", Rhema, Logos, Peter seems to use those words interchangeably. [Luke 22:61, Matthew 26:75]
Free Will & Free Choice: Is there a distinction between Free Will & Free Choice?


2017-11-21
God's Will at Big Choices: Finding God's direction when life is taking some big turns



2017-11-16
Calvinism & the Elect: Calvinism & arminianism discussion involving election, being in Christ, predestination, free will, the whole gamut



2017-10-26
Predestination Exists: Caller thinks predestination exists because God knows everything.
Doctrine of Hell: Where does the doctrine of hell come from?


2017-10-24
Calvinism & Eternal Security: A calvinist caller calls to debate a little bit about eternal security, defining the sovereignty of God, defining free will, free choice.



2017-10-13
Steve on the History Channel: Heard you on the history channel & saw a video of you playing on the guitar.
Luck: what is reality? Is there luck? Are there antithesis?


2017-10-06
Free Will in Romans: Discussion about free will in the Book of Romans.



2017-09-26
Mormonism: Mormonism, LDS discussion, the only way to convert a Mormon is on the spiritual level, but also trying to create doubt, & a true prophet would always be right, otherwise they are false prophets.
Figuring out God's Will every Decision: How do we determine what decisions to make as a Christian when it's not clear from the Bible?


2017-08-22
Calvinism & Free Will: Is there free will in Calvinism? Does God



2017-06-09
God's Sovereignty: Accessing Facebook Page & i'd like to take about God's Sovereignty & our free choice.



2017-04-25
Calvinism & Free Will & King Sihon: Calvinism, Predestination, Election, Foreknowledge. [Deuteronomy 2:30]



2017-04-03
Calvinism: Calvinism, predestination, election as opposed to free will (sort've a followup to previous question)



2017-02-16
Predestination & Free Will: Does Predestination dissolve free will?



2017-02-07
Calvinism: Why is there even Calvinism?



2016-03-03
Calvinism: I have some friends that believe in Unconditional Election yet also believe in Free will. What do you think? Isn't that sort've a contradiction.



2016-02-29
Christians Sinning: Why do believers choose to sin after they are saved?
Free Will & No Sin in Eternity: How will we have no sin on the other side of glory, but yet still have free will?


2016-02-05
Open Theism: Open Theism, free will, God's omniscience & caller tries to link john 19:11 with free will. [John 19:11]



2016-02-04
Greg Boyd: Are you familiar with Greg Boyd on open theism? Have you his book about the Sovereignty of God & our free will, called, "Is God to Blame?"?



2016-01-15
Being Tolerant or having Righteous Anger: How do we draw the balance between having tolerance for people's behaviour & have righteous indignation about it?



2016-01-07
God's Sovereignty & Our Free Will: God has His sovereignty & He gave us free will, but what about Him allowing people to commit murder, allowing people to commit suicide? A person can shorten their life sooner than God was intending them to die, but they can't live longer than He wants.
God's Sovereignty & Child-bearing: What about a couple wanting children but God not allowing it?


2015-11-30
Free Will: Caller wanted to comment about the call that was about Free will.



2015-11-30
Creation & Free Will: Isn't it just a natural cause & effect that if God created creatures that had Free Will, that they'd go in the wrong direction?



2015-09-14
Calvinism: Did God preordain people to be saved no matter what, sovereignty verses free will?



2015-09-11
Free Will: Caller shared a story involving Lisa Cook & her grandfather who didn't accept Jesus even on his deathbed.



2015-07-29
Good & Evil People: Does God make some people Evil? [Romans 9:21-23]



2015-01-23
Evangelism: Do people have the free will to how they will receive the gospel?
Jesus tarrying: Why is Jesus tarrying for so long in coming? Does anything else need to happen?


2015-01-21
Tertullian & Lucifer/Fallen Angel: So did Tertullian believe & come up w/ Lucifer Falling from Heaven?
Zeal, even if misguided, is good: Even though caller thinks Rusty, who's been calling in a lot lately regarding the perseverance of the saints, is wrong, at least he has enthusiasm.


2015-01-05
Free Will/Eternal Security: Aren't we sealed by the Holy Spirit, so how can we lose our salvation?



2014-11-17
Free Will & Sovereignty of God: A lengthy discussion about Free will & Sovereignty, using Samuel & Saul as an example in the beginning, but they go all over place. The discussion is 25 minutes long! [1 Samuel 9:1-27, Ephesians 2:1-2]



2014-11-11
Augustine & Free Will: Caller contends that Augustine believed in Free Will even though Steve said he didn't.
Origen & Free Will: Origen also believed in Free Will.


2014-11-10
Predestination: What are your thoughts on this passage of Scripture regarding Predestination? [Acts 13:48]



2014-11-04
John Noe: Do you know anything about John Noe? He's a Full Preterist. He almost sounds like you. Do you & him believe the same?
Calvinism's 5 points: I think you can blend the two, it doesn't have to be a either-or proposition, does it?


2014-09-09
Firstborn: Not necessarily the Firstborn in chronological order, but in status, a follow up from a discussion about JW's from the day before. [Colossians 1:15]
Calvinist & Arminianism - God's Sovereignty & Free Will: You were talking several shows back about you only writing books that fill a void in an area, so is there any books that you'd recommend on Calvinism & Arminianism & God's Sovereignty & Free will, etc?


2014-08-19
Be Watchful & Ready: All Jesus is saying is be watchful & ready in case He comes at any moment, not WHEN He will be coming. [Matthew 24:42-51, Acts 1:7 7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1]
Millennial Kingdom: Won't we still have Free Will in the Millennial Kingdom if the Pre-Millennialists are right in their paradigm? If they have free will how can it be a Utopia?


2014-07-07
Pre-tribulation Rapture: We shouldn't divide over eschatological differences, but it's the love of Christ that is the really important, essential thing!
Open Theism: Did God dispense w/ SOME of His omniscience so He could truly give people Free Will?


2014-05-20
Predestination & Free Will: Isn't Free Will & Predestination sort've contrary to each other, cancel each other out? Sort've polar opposites?



2014-05-07
Impeccability of Jesus: Caller says that Steve almost sounds like an SDA, saying that Jesus could've sinned.
1,000 Years: You are negating the words of Jesus when you say He didn't say it was a literal 1,000 years! That's why Michael the Buddhist never hears Jesus from you, so says the caller. [Revelation 6:1-10]


2014-05-07
Coinherence - Impeccability of Christ: Did Jesus really have Free WIll to go against what the Father wanted Him to do? He must've because otherwise how could it be that "He loved the Father"?



2014-04-07
Forcing people to go to Church: Where does it say in the Bible that we should not force people to go to church, especially children? [Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6]
Getting Political: Right as the caller was hanging up, he quipped, "Don't get political on your show", & Steve spent a few minutes talking about politics.


2013-02-13
All Believe Justification by Faith: Even all the Reformers believed in Justification by faith, Sola Fide, isn't that true? Whether we are predestined or not, we have to have faith, & we get salvation from having faith, isn't that right? [Romans 9-11]
Names in the Book of Life from the Foundation of the World: Don't you agree that people's names are already written the Book of Life before the Foundation of the World? [Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8]
Election & Free Will: Our Free Will & Election are 2 separate things, because our Free Will inclines us to sin & our election brings us closer to God.

2013-01-08
Predestination: God might have a foreknowledge of who's going to be saved, but He doesn't predestinate them to be chosen. They have to choose themselves, isn't that right? [Romans 8, Romans 9, 1 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 3:1-3]
Calvinism & Dispensationalism: So if you believe in Calvinism, you are a Dispensationalist?
Free Will: Don't we have Free Will? If Calvinism was right, God would be taking that away, wouldn't He be?

2013-01-07
God making a Rock that's too Heavy: They say nothing is impossible for God, but He can't do contradictory things such as make a rock that is too heavy for Him to lift, or make a square a circle or 2+2=5, just like He gave us free will, so He can't interfere with that.


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