When Christians Abandon Free Will

One of the internal contradictions in Christianity that has long seemed obvious to me is that they use free will as an excuse, then jettison the whole idea when it suits them. Free will, they say, eliminates the problem of evil because God wants us to freely choose to follow his dictates. And yet they then pray for God to convert people, as Tony Perkins encourages people to do for Dan Savage:

I would put out this challenge to folks who are listening: to put Dan Savage on the top of your prayer list and pray for him because I believe he has the potential to be a modern day Saul of Tarsus. I mean, just think if the Lord got a hold of his heart and changed him and turned him from persecuting Christians to being an advocate of Christianity and morality, what a huge impact that would have. So don’t get angry at Dan Savage; he’s doing what people do when they’re lost. Pray for him that he would see the light, be blinded by the light, and come to know Christ as his personal savior.

So you have to freely choose to love and follow God. Unless God “got hold of your heart” and made you believe in him against your will. And yet they remain oblivious to the inconsistency and incoherence of their position.

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