Free will is permissible when Calvinists judge others’ beliefs but forbidden when others evaluate Calvinism in the light of Scripture.
Calvinists are skilfull at discerning the Word of Faith Movement as being an idolatrous, blasphemous and God dishonouring teaching, and I wholeheartedly agree with them (see here). Nonetheless, it is always a good thing to remove the beam out of your own eye before trying to remove the mote out of someone else’s eye. (Matthew 7:5). This may come as a surprise to many but the Word of Faith Movement and Calvinism have several things in common. Indeed, Calvinism cannot boast to be any better than the Word of Faith Movement. The two major commonalities between them are:-
1) their views on the function and role of the mind
2) and the role of prayer in salvation
It is evident that Calvinism and the Word of Faith Movement espouse similar views in regard to the function and the role of the mind in spiritual matters. In fact, both want you to check your mind at the door because a free willy mind, as Calvinists refer to it, supposedly dishonours and demeans God’s sovereignty. In their zeal to uphold and defend God’s sovereignty they have fallen prey to a type of mind control. It is a self-imposed form of mind control because the deceived person aggressively and defiantly refuses to believe that he/she has a free will, even to the extent that they tell themselves that any shape or form of free will is blasphemous, idolatrous and in league with the beast in Revelation 13. Adolf Hitler said: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” If you keep on telling yourself that free will is a thing of the devil, anti-God and anti-Christ, blasphemous and idolatrous you will eventually believe it. No wonder Satan has chosen the mind as his battleground and does everything in his power to fasten his strongholds of lies in the mind.