John UK wrote: I think it is a problem with terminlogy bro. Is God "in control" or is God "controlling"? Is he "all powerful" or does he exert all his power all the time? Does his active will and passive will make him the one responsible for all events? But then the scripture tells us not to hold God responsible for acts of sin.
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Mike wrote: God is sovereign. No one is arguing against that. But consider what sovereignty is- an issue of authority. This means he may decree whatever he wills, answerable to no one. Now suppose he decrees that man shall have free will in the context of man's sojourn on Earth. Does he not have the sovereign right to do so? Has he lost control thru his decree? No, he confirms it.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
1Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.