In a post at the Calvinist Gadfly, the comments section has exploded with a discussion about the word in the song linked, and its validity in terms of the sovereignity of God. The fairly predictable “free-willers” chose to engage mostly with insults, assertions and of course, their own version of what is fair and not fair that even God is subject to. There was precious little Scripture quoted to support the premise in the song, yet plenty of dancing around the Scripture quoted to support the antithesis.
I have commented before on the free will issue here, and I continue to believe that man only has free will within the boundaries of his spiritual state. Man’s spiritual state is totally and utterly dependent on God and His mercy, as either regenerate or not. To assert otherwise is human arrogance to the extreme.
It continues to amaze me that people will recognize that God created everything there is, except the determining factors for His most important creation, the human soul. I have not yet heard a cogent explanation how that is possible. If God created all there is, that includes the environment in which humans make decisions. And if that is to be described as determinism, then so be it. I am comforted by the fact that God determines things, not threatened by it. The ‘free-willers” act as if reformed theology is somehow preventing a crowd of passionate, repentant, believing people to enter heaven because they are not elect. The whole point is that no-one can be repentant without being regenerated, and no-one can be regenerated by anything else than the mercy and grace of God.
So even if it appears that people are “choosing God”, they are doing so because they have been regenerated by God. It is just human arrogance that assigns the glory to themselves.