The Doctrine of Free Will
Wommack states “God’s will for people concerning salvation is not being accomplished. This is because the Lord gave us the freedom to choose. He doesn’t will anyone into hell. He paid for the sins of the whole world (1 Jn. 2:2; 1 Tim. 4:10), but we must choose to put our faith in Christ and receive His salvation. People are the ones choosing hell by not choosing Jesus as their Savior. It is the free will of man that damns them, not God. Men virtually have to climb over roadblocks that God put in their way to continue on their course to hell”.
This is a very simple and bold statement that is very contrary to the thousands of volumes that have been written on this subject throughout history. The historical view, according to men like Edwards, Pink, Athenasias, Augustine, Spurgeon, Knox, the puritans, the pilgrims, and many other studied and proven people is that the issue is in what the fall did to our ability to choose.
Wommack’s premise, does not deal with the consequences of Adam’s fall as it relates to our will. It fails to recognize the fact that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and there is “none that doeth good, no not one”. (Ps. 14:3-4. Rom. 3:10-12, II Tim 3:1-5, Mark 7:6) In our fallen state it is impossible for us to choose God.
Therefore, unless the grace of God is first extended to us, then we do not have the capacity to choose God. “We have loved Him because He first loved us.” Or as Paul put it in Ephesians 2: 8& 9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If we are saved by our choice, then why do some men chose “good” and some men chose “bad”? Are we who make the “right” choice better than the others? Are we good and they are bad? If so then are we saved because we are good? The scripture clearly teaches otherwise. We are saved by grace. What do we do to earn this grace? Is there anything in man that could merit such favor from God? God freely gives this grace to whom He will.
Man is a sinner and is damned to hell from birth there are no roadblocks. Do not pass go and do not collect $200, go directly to hell. The scripture teaches that we are dead in our sins, not suffering in our sins, not unhappy with our sins, but DEAD. The question to ask is what part did Lazarus play in being raised from the dead? Did he have the capacity to “cooperate” with Jesus as he commanded him to “come forth”? Could he have resisted the Word of Jesus and “chose” to remain in the grave? Of course not. Then how can we, being dead in sin, do anything of our own selves to bring us to spiritual life? Who gives us the grace? Who touches our heart and enables us to see the great spiritual mysteries that are hidden from so many? Who first loved us? It is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who saves us “while we are yet dead in our sins”. So our salvation is first dependant on God choosing us and giving us the grace that we might be able to choose him.
To summarize the article in whole, Wommack’s doctrine as described in this article and the others found on his web site place man above God in all areas. God has given us sovereignty over His own. He is dependant on our faith to fulfill his will, and He “gave us the power to control our own destiny”.
This is heresy. It can not be said any other way. The Bible clearly teaches the doctrines of the sovereignty of God and of the fallen nature of the free will of man. It clearly teaches that we are saved by faith and that not of our own works least any should boast. Wommack’s doctrine has been discussed and condemned throughout church history, from the beginning church councils with Augustine, through the reformation, and even in the last century with many of the reformed ministers clearly speaking out against the movement that has birth our modern day church extravaganza. We must come to grips with our doctrinal illiteracy in the modern church and return to the faith of our church fathers if we are to see this nation turn around and be a city set upon a hill once more. Not only are the doctrines taught in Wommack’s article false, they will not sustain a saint in times of trouble. When real trials and persecutions come, these doctrines will truly be the “faith killer” they rave against.