golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • if i had the choice

    July 2, 2020

     If I had the choice, I would not choose free will.




    It would bring so much uncertainty to faith.




    Because then my faith is based not only God but my will.


    My conversion then involves two powers, God’s and mine.


    That’s very scary.


    St. Paul says this, even as a Christian, “For I know nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out,” (Romans 7:18).


    That’s why Lutherans rejoice in this biblical truth: There is no free will.


    Faith entirely is the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer. Faith entirely is God’s work. Not one miniscule portion of my will.


    “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws Him,” is Jesus’ preaching (John 6:44).


    The Holy Spirit pointedly used the word DRAWS here. It means to DRAG.


    He uses it in James 2:16 for the DRAGGING of a person into court. In other words, they came against their will, kicking and screaming.


    God dragged you into His salvation, while you were kicking and screaming.


    He dragged you against your will.


    If I had a choice, I would not choose free will.


    But I don’t have a choice.


    It’s all God.


    This brings me great comfort.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran