There is no way one can believe in autonomous free will and yet also have a firm understanding of the Scriptures, simply because the Scriptures contradict such a notion.
Note: This article was written before the author’s conversion to Orthodoxy.
But, it is not the Arminian’s fault, after all. Isaiah says of other men:
18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!”20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
Now, it is exceedingly clear that God, in verse 18, takes full responsibility for doing something to men’s eyes and hearts so that they would be deceived. In verse 20, God speaks of the consequence of this action. These men CANNOT repent nor even say that they are deceived. Their will is simply not capable of the act.
This is why the Bible says, “There are none who seek after God” (Rom 3:11). How can one do His will, or even seek to do so, if apart from God opening his eyes he will have a deceived heart?
Now, there is not much more to say. This website over the last 2.5 years has drifted from Reformed apologetics to mostly commentaries and church history. Why? Because this issue of Arminianism is tiresome. It is an ignorant belief system lacking Biblical merit, which in my mind is easy to see. The only explanation for those who are insistent that Arminianism is correct is that they overtly do not appreciate the Scripture’s teachings or they are constitutionally unable to see them. Either way, it’s like arguing against a brick wall.
It is my hope and prayer this little blurb may help you, dear reader, increasingly appreciate the Scripture.