I’ve recently read, “If we insist on death and cursing, God does not revoke his gift, saying, “Enough is enough! This free choice business has gone too far!” He only calls us to consider and choose life.” *
In order to truly choose life, the chooser must have the free and informed capacity to choose death. The overarching principle for both choices, is that
“That God will NEVER violate human free will.”
Let’s take a look at what would seem to contradict the above statements.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
Jesus said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’
In both the above cases, there seems to be an end and a finality where nothing else can be done.
Once the active release or push over to the “depraved” (Reprobate) mind status has happened, there seems to be an end to free choice. The mind and heart are given over to something that entraps them. Whatever choices are made afterwards, are made from within the trap. As the passage above infers, they’ve already known the truth, suppressed it, and exchanged it for a lie of their own. In fact, not only have they rejected the gospel, they’ve started to preach their own and approve of those who act in a manner contrary to godliness. God then gives them over to it. It’s done! Or is it? A few questions:
If you have difficulty in choosing to follow Christ, then is your will really free?
Can the Gospel recover a reprobate or a depraved mind?
Does God ever stop calling us to choose life?
*Fraser, Bryan (2012-02-17). Your Gospel Is Too Big (Kindle Locations 1213-1215). . Kindle Edition.