“Each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12
In our last chapter we considered at some length, the much debated and difficult question of the human will. We have shown that the will of the natural man is neither sovereign nor free—but, instead, a servant and slave. We have argued that a right conception of the sinner’s will—its servitude—is essential to a just estimate of his depravity and ruin. The utter corruption and degradation of human nature is something which man hates to acknowledge, and which he will hotly and insistently deny—until he is “taught of God.” Much, very much, of the unsound doctrine which we now hear on every hand—is the direct and logical outcome of man’s repudiation of God’s expressed estimate of human depravity! Men are claiming that they are “increased with goods, and have need of nothing,” and know not that they are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked!” (Revelation 3:17). They prate about the ‘Ascent of Man,’ and deny his Fall. They put darkness for light; and light for darkness. They boast of the ‘free moral agency’ of man when, in fact, he is in bondage to sin and enslaved by Satan, “taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:26).
But if the natural man is not a ‘free moral agent,’ does it also follow that he is not accountable?
‘Free moral agency’ is an expression of human invention and, as we have said before, to talk of the freedom of the natural man—is to flatly repudiate his total spiritual ruin. Nowhere does Scripture speak of the freedom or moral ability of the sinner; on the contrary, it insists on his moral and spiritual inability.