1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
Chapter 9: Of Free Will
1. God hath endued the will of man with that natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any necessity of nature determined to do good or evil.
( Matthew 17:12; James 1:14; Deuteronomy 30:19 )
2. Man, in his state of innocency,
had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and
well-pleasing to God, but yet was unstable, so that he might fall from
( Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 3:6 )
3. Man, by his fall into a state of
sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good
accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse
from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to
convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.
( Romans 5:6; Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Titus 3:3-5; John 6:44 )
4. When God converts a sinner, and
translates him into the state of grace, he freeth him from his natural
bondage under sin, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and
to do that which is spiritually good; yet so as that by reason of his
remaining corruptions, he doth not perfectly, nor only will, that which
is good, but doth also will that which is evil.
( Colossians 1:13; John 8:36; Philippians 2:13; Romans 7:15, 18, 19, 21, 23 )
5. This will of man is made perfectly
and immutably free to good alone in the state of glory only.
( Ephesians 4:13 )
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