Watchman Nee was OSAS Arminian

"We acknowledge the absolute sovereignty of God, but Christians cannot use that as their excuse" (p. 206, vol. 3, The Spiritual Man)

A Free Will

In discussing man and his will we particularly should bear in mind that he exercises a free will. This means that man is sovereign, that he has a sovereign will. What he disapproves of should not be forced on him, what he opposes should not be coerced. Free will signifies that man can choose what he wants. He is not a mechanical toy to be run by others. He is responsible for all his actions; the will within controls all matters both inside and outside him. He is not governed automatically by an external force; rather, he houses a principle within him which determines his acts.

This was the state of man when created by God. The man the Creator fashioned was not something mechanical; for it will be recalled that God said to him: "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die" (Gen. 2.16-17). How did God command him? God persuaded, prohibited, yet never coerced. If Adam were disposed to listen and not eat the forbidden fruit, it would be Adam who so willed. But if he would not listen and would eat, even God would not restrain him. That is free will. God put this responsibility of eating or not eating upon man for him to choose according to his untrammeled will. God did not create an Adam who was incapable of sinning, rebelling or stealing, since to have done so would have been to make man into a piece of machinery. God could advise, prohibit and command; however, the responsibility of hearing or not lay with man. Out of love, God gave the command beforehand; out of righteousness, he would not force man to do what the latter did not wish to do. For man to obey God, it requires a willingness on his part, because God never compels him. He could verily employ sundry means to make man willing; nevertheless, until he gives his consent God will not make His way into the man.

This is an exceedingly vital principle. We shall see later how the Creator never works against this principle, whereas the evil spirits consistently do. By this can we distinguish what is of God and what is not.

The Fall and Salvation

Unfortunately, mankind has fallen. By this plunge man’s unfettered volition suffered prodigious damage. We may say that there are two massive contradictory wills throughout the universe. On the one side stands the holy and perfect will of God; on the other is arrayed the defiled, defiling and opposing will of Satan. In between subsists the sovereign, independent, free will of man. When man listens to the devil and rebels against God he seems to render an eternal "no" to God’s will and an abiding "yes" to Satan’s. Since man employs his volition to choose the will of the devil, his volition falls captive to the devil. Therefore all his acts are governed by Satan’s will. Until he overturns his early subjection, man's will remains unquestionably oppressed by the enemy power.

The Spiritual Man, Vol. 3, pp. 76,77

"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Eph. 4.30). The use of the word "grieve" here and not "anger" reveals the Holy Spirit's love. "Grieve" it says and not "cause to depart," for "he dwells with you and will be with you" (John 14.17). While every born-again believer does have the Holy Spirit permanently residing in him, nevertheless the plight of the indwelling Spirit may not be the same in all saints-He may be either grieved or gladdened. (The Spiritual Man, CFP white cover, vol. 2, p.12)

"Even so, we should also understand that faith alone is still incomplete. It must be followed by obedience. We must believe on the one hand but obey on the other as well. We must lay aside our own ideas and present every member of our body to God. After we have come into living faith, we should learn to obey God day by day. Whenever a spot in us is touched by God, and we ask Him to yield to us, we have obviously not obeyed Him. Without the yielding of the will to God there can be no faith in Him. If a sinner is unwilling to repent, he cannot believe. If a believer embraces disobedience in his heart, neither can he trust.

"In this matter of obedience many have a great deal of reservations about their families. Some are not willing to offer up their children. Some have an improper attitude towards their husbands. Some lack rightful distribution of money. Have you presented yourself to God? Are you willing to go wherever He sends you? Are you ready to perform the lowest duty He asks you to do? Believing alone may not maintain you in the finishing of your course. Perhaps as soon as you believe, God will ask you to obey. Or He may wait a while after you have believed before He asks you to obey. With some, He demands obedience before He gives faith. With others, He gives faith and then He requires obedience. He may even ask still others to obey at the same time He gives faith.

I do not know what God will require of each individual. I am certain, however, that having only one side of this dual principle leaves many things to be desired. Whoever considers faith alone to be enough, without presenting his body to God, is like a cake in an oven unturned (cf. Hosea 7. 8). Let us realize that we must yield to God. This special step must be taken. It is like crossing a threshold. In order for a person to be a steward in God’s house, he must have a definite beginning. He must offer himself to God at a certain point. At one specific moment he must say to God that henceforth all his time, all his brain power, all his money, his family and his everything belong to God. During that time, God may touch him at a specific spot. This, of course, will vary from person to person. Oftentimes God’s demand may seem a bit strict or harsh. Nevertheless, what He demands must be obeyed. This is because God wants to test you as to whether you will really listen to Him. Nothing is more precious to Him than an Isaac in a person’s life. Yet the matter is not settled with mere lip consent. The Isaac in your life must literally be offered up before you will see God’s "provided ram" (see Genesis 22. 13). Not till you have fully obeyed will God be satisfied. We each must cross this threshold in a most singular way." (The Spirit of the Gospel, CFP white cover, 78-79, Watchman Nee) 

"'The Son of man also came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many' (Mark 10. 45) ... Let us look at the first Scripture: "the Son of man also came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." This verse tells us that the Son of man came to serve all men. Whoever came to Him, He would serve that one. (The Spirit of the Gospel, CFP white cover, 61-62, by Watchman Nee). 

"His dealing with sin is limitless.... We must behold the Lamb of God taking away all the sin of the world-He has borne sin of each and every person. Sin's problem is therefore already solved" (The Spiritual Man, Vol. 3, 185, CFP white cover). This is called unlimited atonement. Sin's problem has been solved because forgiveness is available to anyone through His precious blood for remission of sins, whosoever believes in Him.

"All the leadings of God are transmitted via small delicate sensations in the spirit. God never employs anything like a compulsory, overwhelming feeling to try to force man into obedience. He invariably affords us an opportunity to make our choice. Anything which is forced upon us comes not from God but is a work of the evil spirits. Until we fulfill the essentials for the working of the Holy Spirit, He will not work. Hence it necessitates more than merely waiting for His guidance. Our spirit and mind must function actively together with the Holy Spirit if we expect Him to lead us. We will walk after the spirit if we exercise our inner man to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and use as well our outer man to follow the movement or silence in our spirit" (TSM, CFP white cover, Vol. 3, 68-69).

"A life relationship is established with God in new birth. It resembles the old birth of the flesh in that it is once and for all. Once a man is born of God he can never be treated by God as not having been so born of Him. However endless eternity may be, this relationship and this position cannot be annulled. This is because what a believer receives at new birth is not contingent upon a progressive, spiritual and holy pursuit after he believes but is the pure gift of God. What God bestows is eternal life. No possibility exists for this life and position to be abrogated" (The Spiritual Man, CFP white cover, Vol. 1, 67). By this we can conclude if Scripture teaches this, Roman Catholics and other non-OSASers are not born-again.

"What then must one do to be born anew in one’s spirit? We know that the Lord Jesus died in the sinner’s place. He suffered in His body on the cross for all the sins of the world. God views the death of the Lord Jesus as the death of all the world’s people. His holy humanity suffered death for all unholy humanity. But something does remain for man himself to do. He must exercise faith in committing himself—spirit, soul and body—into union with the Lord Jesus. That is to say, he must reckon the death of the Lord Jesus as his own death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as his own resurrection. This is the meaning of John 3.16: “Whoever believes into (literal) him should not perish but have eternal life.” The sinner must exercise faith and a believing into the Lord Jesus. By so doing, he is united with Him in His death and resurrection and receives eternal life (John 17.3)—which is spiritual life—unto regeneration" (TSM, Vol. 1, 64). By this we can conclude Calvinists are not born-again.

"This is the starting point, and experience warns us.... The foundation of all service for the Lord is that we have met him and come to know him for ourselves, and have received the absolute assurance that, in him, we are eternally saved" (What Shall This Man Do? 194).

 

"God’s release from the penalty and power of sin is accomplished in the cross of His Son. He now lays before all men this salvation so that whoever wills to accept may be saved" (TSM, Vol. 1, 75).

 

"Thinking that God’s will is revealed in His orderings...accept anything which comes to him as His will. In that event he naturally will not employ his volition to choose, decide or resist. He just quietly accepts everything. This sounds good and appears right, but it contains a serious fallacy" (TSM, Vol. 3, 115).

 

Christianity Today (November 2004, Vol. 48, No. 11) mentioned Watchman Nee briefly:

 

Take Presbyter Ji, for example ("Presbyter," or "Elder," is an honorific title). "I was born [in 1932] into a Christian family," he said. "My father was an evangelist. He was originally a member of a Presbyterian church, but he left that church because he no longer believed in the Presbyterian system. My father worked with Watchman Nee, who created the Little Flock movement. I was nurtured by the Little Flock as a child."

 

We all know Presbyterians of the Presbyterian denomination are adamantly Calvinist. Presbyter, though, is completely appropriate term for Elder. It's nice to see a Calvinist leave the false teaching of Total depravity (the "T" in TULIP) to come to the way God saves as shown by OSAS Arminian.

 

On page 198, volume 1, The Spiritual Man (CFP white cover) by Watchman Nee, we read:

Upon carefully studying the teaching of this fragment of Scripture [Heb. 4.12], we may conclude that the dividing of spirit and soul hinges upon two factors: the cross and God’s Word. Before the priest could use his knife the sacrifice had to be placed on the altar. The altar in the Old Testament speaks of the cross in the New Testament. Believers cannot expect their High Priest to wield God’s sharp Sword, His Word which pierces to the separation of soul and spirit, unless first they are willing to come to the cross and accept its death. Lying on the altar always precedes the plunging of the sword. Hence all who desire to experience the parting of soul and spirit must answer the Lord’s call to Calvary and lay themselves unreservedly on the altar, trusting their High Priest to operate with His keen Sword to the dividing asunder of their spirit and soul. For us to lie on the altar is our free-will offering well-pleasing to God; to use the sword to divide is the work of the priest. We should fulfill our part with all faithfulness, and commit the rest to our merciful and faithful High Priest. And at the appropriate time He shall lead us into a complete spiritual experience.

Page 110, volume 3, The Spiritual Man (CFP white cover):

He never forces anyone to do anything.

 

The divine Spirit does not directly control man’s body either. If man desires to speak he has to engage his own mouth—to walk, his own feet—to work, his own hands. The Spirit of God never interferes with man’s freedom of will. Aside from working in man’s spirit (which is God’s new creation), He does not use any part of man’s body apart from the consent of the latter’s own volition; nay, even if man is willing, He does not exercise any of his bodily parts for him. Man should be his own master. He must exercise his own body. This is God’s law which He will not violate.

 

We often say that “the Holy Spirit rules over man.” By this we mean He works in us to make us obedient to God. But if we should mean that He directly controls our total being we are in complete error. We can distinguish right here between the work of the Holy Spirit and that of evil spirits. The Holy Spirit indwells us to witness that we belong to God whereas evil spirits manipulate people to reduce them to robots. God’s Spirit asks for our cooperation; evil spirits seek direct control.

 

Page 64, volume 1, The Spiritual Man (CFP white cover):

 

What then must one do to be born anew in one’s spirit? We know that the Lord Jesus died in the sinner’s place. He suffered in His body on the cross for all the sins of the world. God views the death of the Lord Jesus as the death of all the world’s people. His holy humanity suffered death for all unholy humanity. But something does remain for man himself to do. He must exercise faith in committing himself—spirit, soul and body—into union with the Lord Jesus. That is to say, he must reckon the death of the Lord Jesus as his own death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as his own resurrection. This is the meaning of John 3.16: “Whoever believes into (literal) him should not perish but have eternal life.” The sinner must exercise faith and a believing into the Lord Jesus. By so doing, he is united with Him in His death and resurrection and receives eternal life (John 17.3)—which is spiritual life—unto regeneration.

 

On page 75, volume 1, The Spiritual Man (CFP):

God’s release from the penalty and power of sin is accomplished in the cross of His Son. He now lays before all men this salvation so that whoever wills to accept may be saved,

God knows no good resides in man; no flesh can please Him. It is corrupted beyond repair. Since it is so absolutely hopeless, how then can man please God after he has believed in His Son unless He gives him something new? Thank God. He has bestowed a new life, His uncreated life, upon those who believe in the salvation of the Lord Jesus and receive Him as their personal Savior. This is called “regeneration” or “new birth.”

First, one must believe, then uncreated life is bestowed which is being saved or regenerated. Not the other way around. God does not saved, regenerate, or gift faith first before one can believe. In your God-given choice, you must exercise faith to believe. First you must believe, then God gives eternal life. You can do so because you are made in God's image, though God will not allow you to choose the cross by way of the flesh. So Nee continues on with the same paragraph showing that the flesh does not choose life, nor does God ask anything of the flesh in regeneration,

Though He cannot alter our flesh God gives us His life. Man’s flesh remains as corrupt in those who are born anew as in those who are not. The flesh in a saint is the same as that in a sinner. In regeneration the flesh is not transformed. New birth exerts no good influence on the flesh. It remains as is. God does not impart His life to us to educate and train the flesh. Rather, it is given to overcome the flesh.

Nee writes on page 28, volume 1,

Actually the soul is the pivot of the entire being, because man’s volition belongs to it. It is only when the soul is willing to assume a humble position that the spirit can ever manage the whole man. If the soul rebels against taking such a position the spirit will be powerless to rule. This explains the meaning of the free will of man. Man is not an automaton that turns according to God’s will [man is not saved first as taught in calvinism before he can believe]. Rather, man has full sovereign power to decide for himself. He possesses the organ of his own volition and can choose either to follow God’s will or to resist Him and follow Satan’s will instead. God desires that the spirit, being the noblest part of man, should control the whole being. Yet, the will—the crucial part of individuality—belongs to the soul. It is the will which determines whether the spirit, the body, or even itself is to rule. In view of the fact that the soul possesses such power and is the organ of man’s individuality, the Bible calls man “a living soul.”

Some (those in calvinist cults) like to bear false witness against Watchman Nee and call him a calvinist (the pride of believing one is premade for salvation), while others accuse him of being osas arminian (he is osas arminian).

 

The reason we have the blood is because we will even be accused of the truth. Nee was clearly osas arminian. Anyone who reads his writings knows this as it is recounted as a fact in his words thousands of times. The purpose of this distinction is to show that the little flock (who refuse subsequent cults) are not calvinists, while the Local Church (one of those cults, even the biggest one) is full of itself in calvinism.

 

The latter is a cult that alters Watchman Nee's writings. Its cult leader is Witness Lee (an unregenerate), deceased, and now this cult is controlled by his physical birth children who receive the profits of hard sought after filthy lucre.

A few examples that Watchman Nee is osas arminian are as follows (taken from Christian Fellowship Publishers white covers which has authority for Nee's writings translated by Stephen Kaung.

Nee wrote--

The reason why Jacob’s brother is not named is because it is written in the Scriptures, “Jacob I loved, Esau I hated” (Rom. 9.13). This is the marvelous way of God’s election. “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Rom. 9.15), thus showing that the purpose of God according to election “is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy” (Rom. 9.16). Notwithstanding this sovereign way of God’s election, it is not done casually but rather according to His “foreknowledge.” For God knows beforehand who will be willing to accept grace and so be blessed: “the elect . . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1 Peter 1.1,2). First, foreknowledge; then, election. Due to God’s love for Jacob, his sons became the twelve tribes of Israel. (Interpretting Matthew)

"He [Satan] was created by God and was given a free will, just as God has given us human beings free will. How sad that this created angel misused this freedom! How many are the people today who abuse their freedom even as Satan of old did" (Mystery of Creation).

Even claiming one is a calvinist, pridefully pre-made for salvation like robots, is an abuse of the freedom that Satan relinquished. God premakes no one for salvation. Rather, He foreknows who will come to the cross to give His life to. We, Christians, are God's foreknown elect, which agrees with osas arminian.

"The man whom God created has a free will—that is to say, he has his sovereignty" (Mystery of Creation).

His sovereignty is made in the image of God with a free-will. Out of that glory and grace of God's creation, we may access the redemptive design. God longs to see those make just such a choice for Him so He can give them His blessing of eternal life. He does not premake anyone to choose. That is zombiism.

In the Complete Works (note, this is not the altered "collected" works at the Local Church cult) of Watchman Nee, he mentioned in favor of free-will at least 130 times.

"Whosoever believes shall be saved. This is the word to unbelievers. But God’s election—God’s predestination—is the word for believers. It will be unwise, if not a grave error, if the word for believers is spoken to unbelievers. Please note, for instance, that it was to the disciples that the Lord asserted: 'Ye did not choose me, but I chose you' (John 15.16). These words should therefore not be told to unbelievers".

"Once a theological student went to see a servant of God, asking: 'I find the Bible saying that man’s salvation is predestinated by God. Yet as I am preaching, I look at someone’s face and conclude that God has not predestinated him to be saved. What, then, will happen if I do persuade that one to get saved?' The servant of God wisely answered: 'You go and preach. And if you persuade anyone to be saved, then he must have indeed been predestinated by God.'"

"We ought to realize that the reason why God tells the believers that they are predestinated to be saved is for the purpose of arousing in them a heart of gratitude such as might be expressed by some believer in the following way: 'Many are still unsaved; and yet here I am, saved. I can only say that God has chosen me out of the tens of thousands. Hallelujah! I am saved, not because of my merit but because of God himself. I can do nothing but thank and praise Him!'"


"Hence we may answer that the words in Revelation 22.17 are spoken to unbelievers. And in this way shall the truth be balanced". (Gospel Dialogue).

This is to give Christians comfort. To know that you are forever saved, gives you great confidence in Christ.

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22.17).

According to His foreknowledge God foresaw the rebellion of the angels and the fall of men; hence He was unable to establish His authority in angels or in the Adamic race. (Spiritual Authority)

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate" (Rom. 8.29). Ergo, predestination is by foreknowledge. God foreknows the choice we would make in His image. He does not premake us to choose by saving us first before we can believe. We must believe, then God saves. God predestinates by foreknowing our free-choice made in His image: a conditional election, unlimited atonement, resistible grace, for preservation of the saints.

 

On page 200, volume 1 of The Spiritual Man,

These are the conditions which we on our side must fulfill. The Holy Spirit requires our cooperation. The Lord will not be able to do His part should we fail to do ours. But were we to discharge our responsibility, our High Priest would tear apart our spirit and soul with the sharp Sword of His Spirit in the power of His cross.

Everything which belongs to emotion, sensation, mind and natural energy would be separated one after another from the spirit so as to leave no trace of fusion. To lie on the altar is what we must do, but to divide the soul from the spirit with the well-honed knife is what our High Priest undertakes. If we truly commit ourselves to the cross our High Priest shall not fail to execute His ministry in separating our spirit and soul. We need not worry about His part. Upon seeing we have fulfilled the requirements for His working He shall part our spirit and soul at the appropriate time thereafter.

Those who have apprehended the danger of a mixture of these two organs cannot but seek deliverance.

On page 21 of Salvation of the Soul,

“And he that doth not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me” (v.38). This verse sums up what has been said before—this is a cross! What is meant by taking the cross? The Lord has not said that he who does not take up his burden and follow after Him is not worthy of Him. No, He says that whoever does not take his cross and follow after Him is not worthy of Him. A burden is not a cross. Burden is something inescapable; the cross, however, is subject to personal choice and can therefore be avoided.

What the first cross in history was, so the countless smaller crosses will be which shall follow afterwards: just as the original cross was chosen by the Lord, so the crosses for today must also be chosen by us.

On page 94 to 97, volume 3 of The Spiritual Man,

 

The Believers Folly

 

The evil spirits take advantage of one’s inactive state to accomplish their wiles, while he himself persists in esteeming such inertia as real obedience to God and perfect union with His will. He does not realize that God never demands passivity; it is the powers of darkness which have propelled him into this state. Furthermore, God wants His own to exercise their wills actively to cooperate with Him. This is what is implied in such Scriptures verses as: "if any man’s will is to do his will, he shall know. . : " (John 7.17) and "ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you" (John 15.7). God never disregards our volition.

 

We human beings enjoy a free will. God never encroaches on that will. While He does expect us to obey Him, He nevertheless respects our personality (note: the word "personality" as employed in this book has always had in view the person of man, not his character). He wishes us to desire what He desires. He will not usurp our desiring and reduce our volition to deathly inactivity. He needs our most positive cooperation. His pleasure is in the created one reaching his summit, that is, perfect freedom of will. In creation God ordains man to an unfettered will; in redemption He recovers that will. Since He did not create man to obey mechanically, how could He expect redeemed man to be a robot acting under His remote control direction? The greatness of God is certainly manifested in His not requiring us to turn into wood and stone that we might be obedient. His way is to make us obey Him willingly through the working of His Spirit in our spirit. He refuses to will in place of us.

 

In a word, the law that governs the working of God and the working of Satan in man is exactly the same. God delights in seeing man have free will, so He creates him with such a capacity. It means that humanity has the power to choose and decide all matters concerned. Though God is the Lord of the entire universe, yet is He willing to be restricted by a non-encroachment on man’s free will. He never forces man to be loyal to Him. And Satan likewise is unable to usurp any part of man without the latter’s consent granted either knowingly or unknowingly. Both God and the devil require man to be persuaded before operating in him. When man "desires" good, God will accomplish it; but when he "desires" evil, the wicked spirit will fulfill it. This is what we see in the Garden of Eden.

 

Before regeneration man’s volition was enslaved to Satan and therefore not free [that is, under bondage of Satan, our free-will is depraved and limited before regeneration, but was never totally deprave]. But in a regenerated and overcoming Christian the volition is free and therefore able to choose what is of God. Naturally Satan will not let go, so he devises sundry ways to recapture him. He is fully cognizant that he shall never secure permission openly; hence he uses wiles to obtain the necessary consent. Now mark this well: Satan must gain the believer’s permission but the latter will never yield it to Satan; the devil is therefore compelled to resort to deception in order to extract this consent from him. The evil spirits cannot enter without the acquiescence of man’s will and they can penetrate only as far as his will approves.

 

If the believer knows the principle of spiritual life as well as the conditions for the working of evil spirits he will not fall into such danger. It is because he is unconscious both of the advantage the adversary secures through inertia and of the necessity (in spiritual life) of an active will cooperating with God that he allows his volition to be passive. What we must remember always is that God never substitutes His will for man’s. Man himself must be responsible for what he does. God does not decide for him.

 

If the evil spirits do not operate in some passive persons, then most likely the passivity of these individuals in fact amounts to nothing more than laziness or inactivity. Usually those who are inactive in this way (that is, without the working of the evil spirit) can become active at any time. However, if they plunge into such a passivity as to be occupied, then they will be unable to be active even if their will should desire it.

 

Here then is the antithesis between the working of God and the working of Satan. Though God wants man to be yielded completely to Him, He also wants him to use every talent he possesses in cooperation with the Holy Spirit. Satan, on the other hand, demands total cessation of man’s will and actions that his evil spirits may operate in his stead. The contrast is truly sobering: God calls man to choose actively, consciously and willingly to do His will so that his spirit, soul, and body may be free; Satan coerces him to be his passive slave and captive: God appoints man to be autonomous, free to be his own master; Satan forces man to be his puppet, a marionette altogether manipulated by him: God never requires man to cease his activities before He can work; Satan bids man to be utterly passive and inactive: God asks man to work together with Him consciously; Satan charges man to obey him passively. It is true that God does require man to cease from his every sinful activity without which he cannot cooperate with the Holy Spirit; but Satan compels him to cease all his activities, including the functioning of his soul, so that his minions can act in place of man. Man is thus reduced to a mere piece of machinery without any conscious responsibility.

 

It is a terrible circumstance that Christians do not know the fact of God’s living in them and the principle of His working in them. They think He wants them to be like pawns on a chessboard that He may maneuver them around as He pleases. They feel they must be absolutely passive, possessing no power to choose or decide, but just to be managed insensibly by God. They forget that when God first created man He made him with a free will. God obviously is not pleased if man wills things other than Himself, but neither is He pleased if man were to obey Him mechanically and unconsciously. He is satisfied when a person wills what He wills, and never wants him to become a will-less person. Many matters must be executed by believers themselves; God will not do these for them. It is taught that we must hand everything over to God and let Him do it instead of us—that we must not lift our hands nor move our feet—that we must be so surrendered to the indwelling Holy Spirit that He can arrange everything in lieu of ourselves—that we must let God move us. We grant there is some truth in such teaching but the error therein mixed is perhaps more potent than is the truth. (We shall speak more on this point in the next chapter.)

 

When Watchman Nee says our will is free after regeneration, but not free before regeneration, he is using the term "free will" to indicate that it is no longer under the control of Satan as when we were an unregenerate. He did say, though, "we human beings enjoy a free will"; that is, all human beings, and "In creation God ordains man to an unfettered will" and "God appoints man to be autonomous." We are not "pawns on a chessboard that He may maneuver them around as He pleases." In calvinism, your choice is not real, but dictated because you were supposedly first saved, caused to go in one direction or never allowed to be saved-without free-choice! This is in stark contrast to osas arminian which tells us the choice is very real.

 

The damage of calvinism is this: passivity, because if it is decided for you anyway, you won't have a conscience to choose freely and will less likely choose God's will. Your passivity can be either that of laziness and inactivity, or it can be open aggression, moved without conscience and mechanical for your assumed hidden meaning in the Scripture of calvinism.

 

Troy Brooks