Free Will

The capacity with which the Creator endowed human beings that enables them to make choices as to whether to obey or to disobey God, to be subject to moral law or not to be subject to it. This endowment precludes the use of force on God’s part to effect a change in human beings. God seeks to draw people to Him, but leaves each person free to decide for himself or herself whether or not to respond. If people choose to ally themselves with God, His will becomes omnipotent in their lives and nothing can keep them from following God’s plan. Calvinism and Arminianism propose two greatly differing views regarding free will. These views reach far back into church history. Augustine spoke of what he called God’s irresistible grace and absolute foreordination, which would preclude a truly free...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.