Why believe in free will? [Video]

Why believe in free will? [Video]

In this video excerpt from his April 29, 2012 sermon tracing the Pietistic influence on Woodland Hills Church’s origins, Greg explains why they—along with John Wesley—believe that God does not control everything, but rather gives human beings free will.

Interested in exploring this subject further? Check out some of Greg’s essays and Q&As on predestination and free will.

Or even better, buy his book Is God to Blame?


Video sourced via DeepCoffee.

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