Bondage Of Will

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T HE B ONDAGE OF THE W ILL
by Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Contents
Argument 1:

The universal guilt of mankind proves “free will” to be false ........................................ 2

Argument 2:

The universal rule of sin proves “free will” to be false.................................................... 3

Argument 3:

“Free will” is not able to gain acceptance with God through keeping the Moral and Ceremonial Law......................................................................................... 4

Argument 4:

The Law is designed to lead men to Christ by giving a knowledge of sin ..................... 5

Argument 5:

The doctrine of salvation by faith in Christ proves “free will” to be false .................... 5

Argument 6:

There is no place for any idea of merit or reward ............................................................ 6

Argument 7:

“Free will” has no value because works have nothing to do with a man’s righteousness before God ............................................................................ 7

Argument 8:

A whole fistful of arguments.............................................................................................. 7

Argument 9:

Paul is absolutely clear in refuting “free will” ................................................................. 7

Argument 10:

The state of man without the Spirit shows “free will” can do nothing spiritual .......... 7

Argument 11:

Those who come to know Christ did not previously think about Him or prepare themselves for Him .......................................................................................... 8

Argument 12:

Salvation for a sinful world is by the grace of Christ through faith alone .................... 8

Argument 13:

The case of Nicodemus in John 3 opposes “free will” ..................................................... 9

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Argument 14:

“Free will” is useless: salvation is by Christ alone .......................................................... 9

Argument 15:

Man is unable to believe the Gospel, so all his efforts cannot save him ...................... 10

Argument 16:

Universal unbelief proves “free will” to be false ............................................................ 10

Argument 17:

The power of the “flesh” in true believers disproves “free will” .................................. 10

Argument 18:

Knowing that salvation does not depend on “free will” can be very comforting ........ 11

Argument 19:

God’s honor cannot be tarnished..................................................................................... 11

Appendix:

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This material first appeared as Section VII in The Bondage of the Will. This text is excerpted from chapter one of Born Slaves, an abridged version in modern English of Martin Luther’s The Bondage of the Will (first published in 1525). Clifford Pond prepared Born Slaves (ISBN 978 0 946462 02 5), adding a helpful Introduction, Preface, and Postscript, which set the work in its historical context. Born Slaves is one of a series...
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