Forlines on Free Will

“Whether we want to think of the act of willing as the function of a faculty of the person making a choice, the fact remains that the ability of choice is part of being a person.  That ability of choice we call will.  In his totality, man is a thinking, feeling, acting being.  He thinks with his mind, feels with his heart, and acts with his will.

Let us make a few things clear about what is and is not meant by freedom of will.  The freedom of the will does not mean that forces or influences cannot be brought to bear upon the will.  In fact, the very nature of freedom of the will means that forces or influences will be brought to bear upon the will.  It does not mean that these forces cannot be a contributing factor in the exercise of the will.  It does mean that these influences or forces cannot guarantee or determine the action of the will.  We are dealing with influence and response, not cause and effect.”

– F. Leroy Forlines, Classical Arminianism: A Theology of Salvation, (2011: Randall House Publications, Nashville, TN), pp. 50-1

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