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What Is A Free Will Baptist Church

After reading John chapter 1 verse 13 would you still name a church" free will Baptist" are for that matter "free will" anything?

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They THINK free will everything. Do any sinful acts & THINK their okay.

Ask some one man or woman, if you were in the very act of committing adultery with another man or woman, or even social alcoh drinks, knowing better & get in a stooper, go & take the mark of the beast, ask them if the rapture would take place you think you would go?

NO chance.
---Lawrence on 9/3/10

First of all - Amen to Predestination, but I condone the theory that some people are made to go to Hell. God interceded for the elect, to save them from hell. The others were simply left alone.

The real question should be why did God save any at all. They are all together unprofitable.
---trey on 5/30/08

"Some are made to go to HELL"

How God must enjoy making thse people, knowing that He will have the pleasure of sending them to Hell.

Not My GOD
---alan_of_UK on 5/18/08

Hi Joe,


Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joe they have ears but cannot hear.
---trey on 5/17/08

It makes me sick to here the doctrines of the 19th,20th, & 21st century.who are we to say that we have"free will"the bible says that we are dead in our sins untill john 3:7.If we are dead then we cant choose anything!This biz about"you have to choose"is bull,if you can choose,then you can reject, that is not what john 1,12,13says please read james 1:18
---joe on 5/6/08

I really dont think anyone can stop GOD'S will, some are made to go to HELL read this jude 1-4,the whole 9th chapter of romans please read the Bible! there are only two doctrines in this world free will(Satans doctrine)Rev.12:9 and Predestination (GOD doctrine) Isa. 46:10, if you belong to GOD you will be saved 2Thess.2:13, 2Tim.1:9 this is truth! not free will!
---joe on 5/6/08

If "Free Will Baptist" means you can choose to lose your salvation after you have given yourself to Jesus > "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him." (1Corinthians 6:17) If you trust yourself to Jesus, in order for Him to change you into a person who obeys Him, Jesus makes you "one spirit with Him", *sharing* His obedient nature with you so you won't choose to leave Him. In His love, "as He is, so are we in this world" (in 1 John 4:17).
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/5/08

The most scriptural meaning of "Free Will Baptist" would be that each of us does make choices and we then *reap* so much MORE than we have sown. When we choose, we do will to follow that choice. And the fact that we have asked Jesus to save us does not mean we can then go right ahead and sin any way we please and expect to go to Heaven. If we do this, our "free will" is still in swill > if we are so free from God, that we can do as we please, we are in sin.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/5/08

(vs. 12) But as many as received him....hmmmmm sounds like a choice to me?

btw - it should be "or" for that matter "free Will" anything?
---Jeffrey_Jones on 5/5/08

Okey>>>Deut. 17-4 "I have shown you the way to obtain all the happiness you can desire and to avoid all misery. Be obedient, and all shall be well, and nothing amiss". This was their choice. [Disobedience comes to RUIN}. As their God in covenant with them. God is their life and the length of their days. It is too bad the Isralites did not heed, because all but two, God killed.
---catherine on 7/2/07

Correction to earlier reference: Deut.30:19 Coming to Lord and serving him is a choice of free will, freedom to choose. And so it is with the naming of this church.
---Eloy on 7/2/07

I don't make a big deal of church names.
I do make a big deal on what their church is based on ,their vision and their confessions of faith; What the foundation is of that church.
We do have a free will whom we will serve.
I don't believe we are forced by God to make a decision of whom we will serve. Our heavenly Father gives us the choice.
Life and death is before us daily. Who will you give your life to today? God or the devil.
God's blessings to all
---Debra on 7/1/07

Each soul has a free will to freely choose whether to serve God, or not serve God. The naming of "Free Will Baptist" has nothing to do with John 1:13, but has to do with Rev.22:17; Rom.10:13; and Exo.32:26 and Deut.30:18. Freely Choose God, not of compulsion nor of any necessity, but because you love him and you "desire" to. It is 100% free will to come to God, and has nothing to do with force; if you want him he says, Come; and if you don't he says, You will remain condemned.
---Eloy on 7/1/07

When someone names their church, they are publicly advertizing what kind of church they are to the people. Just as people name the brand of cars they drive, ford, chevrolet, coup, sedan, van, two-door or four-door, so we name churches to specify what kind of church. There's nothing wrong with the name "Free Will Baptist Church", I like their name, and it would not be so appealing if named, "Required Baptist Church" or "No Choice Baptist Church".
---Eloy on 7/1/07

Never heard of that one before. It's just another label that divides the body of Christ again. Scripturally, churches were named in accordance to their location.
---john on 7/1/07

FreeWill Baptists believe in salvation by grace, not of works, and that a person must continue or be stedfast in the faith till the end or a person may lose their salvation. Cant live like the devil and expect to spend eternity with the Lord.
---r.w. on 7/3/06

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Smiley, thanks for the chuckle! That was great!! :)
---DoryLory on 1/27/06

Not to make fun of anything but just to maybe bring a smile to someone's day, this post reminded me of when I was visiting someone in the Houston area and there was a free will baptist church. Someone had spray painted a "y" after "will" in a very similar color. I actually thought the name was "Free Willy Baptist Church."
---Smiley on 1/27/06

From a standpoint of Protestant doctrine there are three basic positions concerning mans choices determinism, indeterminism and self-determinism. There are many subset of Baptist some reflect a deterministic position. In the case of the Free Will Baptist they reflect self-determinism theological stance. Look up all three topics in good Bible dictionary or encyclopedia.
---Phil_the_Elder on 1/26/06

mima ... # 3 It is all about the "upgrade" from being a normal human being, born of human will by mother & father, to being a "child of God" and thus "born of God"
There is nothing there to suggest that there is no free will, or that God has selected those who will accept Him. No justification of predestination from this passage!
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

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mima ... # 2 The reference to "not of human decision os a reference to the way in which the person's body is conceived by the will and action of the father & mother. The reference to "born of God" is saying how much more important that spiritual birth is than the physical one.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

mima ... # 1 You must read surrounding verses as well!! Verse 13 is only the end of the sentence begun in verse 12. If you take both verses and the complete sentence, there is no limit as to who can accept Him, but that After they have accepted Him, then He makes them "born of God"
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/26/06

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