Doesn’t Romans 7 Refute Free Will? Jesse Morrell

Doesn’t Romans 7 Refute Free Will?

Someone contacted me to thank me for my theological material, especially my documentary showing how all of the Early Church Fathers taught the freedom of the will between good and evil.

He said that the Calvinist’s he knows challenged him with Romans  7 as an argument against free will:

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” Romans 7:14-21

I responded by saying:

Technically, free Will is the ability to will, not the ability to do.

If a man is in prison and wants to murder another man who is on the outside, but he can’t because he is in prison, he still has a free Will. He wants to murder him. But he doesn’t have a free body. He can’t do it.

Romans 7, however, is talking about the struggle of a convicted sinner with his sinful habits. It is like a cigarette smoker who says they know it’s bad, they “want” to quit, but they just can’t seem to stop because they give in every time they get a strong craving.

He is convicted but addicted.

Saying they cannot seem to stop is hyperbole to express how hard the struggle really is. They can stop and would stop if they simply chose not to do it when they are tempted.

Romans 7 shows that the law is insufficient to get men to overcome the strength of their sinful habits (the sin that dwelleth in their members). That is why Romans 8 says what the law could not do, the gospel has done.

The influence of the law upon our will has shown to be insufficient for us to overcome sin. All the law did was make us miserable wretched convicted sinners. But the influence of the gospel is greater upon our will, so that we actually do choose to love and obey God.

~ Jesse Morrell




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Help Us Reach the Nightlife With the Gospel!

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Hey guys,

I need your help! I am working with an awesome group of young men in College Station TX that have a heart to reach the party nightlife with the gospel. We went out there one evening to preach but didn’t get too much interaction going on. What we need is a sound system!

I want to go out there with a Double Microphone sound system – one of the preacher and one for the heckler / person with questions. This is how I used to preach in the streets 15 years ago and it is the best way to get interaction on the streets (it’s easy to get interaction on a campus but hard on the streets).

I looked online and found a speaker system that looks perfect for only $200. That’s where I need your help! I am looking for some sponsors who will help donate to this cause.

If four people donated $50, or if two people donated $100, or if just one person donated $200, we’d be able to get the sound system!

If we get more than $200, we could get an even better system. But $200 seems to be the minimum for what I am looking for.

Going out there with a preacher/heckler microphone set up could really turn the whole nightlife upside down. There was lots of loud music but I found a huge spot with lots of foot traffic that was quiet, which would be perfect to set up at.

Also, I always thought that the preacher/heckler microphone set up made the best videos too (for those of you who are blessed by our open air footage).



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Why did Jesus Die? To make you Holy!



The atonement of Christ is designed to turn sinners into saints, to deliver us from a life of sinning (Isa. 53:5; Matt. 1:21; Jn. 1:29; Acts 3:26; Rom. 8:4; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:25-27; Col 1:21-23; Titus 2:11-12, 14; Heb. 9:26; 10:10; Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Jn. 1:7; 3:5; 3:8; 4:19).

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Tit. 2:14).

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1Jo 3:8).

“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:15).

“JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Mat. 1:21).

“Unto you first God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26).

“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 Jn. 3:5).

Christ died so “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:4).

“Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the watching of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27).

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24).

Christ died “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26).

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ” (Heb. 10:10).

A classic hymn says, “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.” Another classic hymn says, “In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me.”

When Calvinists and others say that we cannot live free from sin and be holy in this life, or that we will never be entirely obedient to God in this world, they are essentially saying that the atonement is a failure and is ineffective. Since the objective of the atonement was to make men holy, they are making “the cross of Christ… of none effect” (1 Cor. 1:17).


The Scriptural Doctrine of Atonement by Caleb Burge has been said to be the best book on the Governmental Atonement theory.

Burge expounds upon very profound concepts and presents them in a very intelligent and understandable way.

This book was originally published in 1822.

It contains pure theological gold on one of the most important doctrines of Christianity. It will be an absolute treasure in your library.

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Does The Lord’s Prayer Defend Daily Sinning? Jesse Morrell

I can’t stand it when people use The Lord’s Prayer as an argument against holy living. They say, “Jesus taught us to ask for forgiveness every day when we pray, therefore we have to sin every day and can’t stop.”
I think the emphasis of, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” is on the fact that being forgiven is conditional upon forgiving others, to daily remind us that we only remain forgiven so long as we are forgiving others. It doesn’t mean that you have to commit sin every day. That is twisting the Scriptures and practicing eisegesis. 
It is also important to note that if we have to ask for forgiveness when we sin, this implies that we are not already forgiven. The idea that God forgives you of all your past, present, and future sins all at once is therefore false. Sins have to be repented of and forgiven as they occur.
But remember the Lords prayer also says, “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
Don’t use the Lord’s prayer, which is a prayer for holy living, as a justification or defense for daily sinning.




Cleansing the Temple: A Call to Radical Christianity is a book about prayer, purity, preaching and persecution! It is a compilation of very fiery articles calling out the compromise found in most American churches.


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Are There Just Men Who Doeth Good and Sinneth Not? Jesse Morrell Explains


How do you interpret this Old Testament passage in light of the New Testament?

Ecc 7:20 – For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.


Mat 1:19 – Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily

Mar 6:20 – For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy

Act 10:22 – And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God


3Jo 1:11 – Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God


1Jo 3:6 – Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

1Jo 5:18 – We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

So we do find “just men” in the New Testament who “doeth good” and “sinneth not.”

You have to rightly divide the Word, using proper hermeneutics.

Applying Ecc. 7:20 to all generations is “eisegesis” – falsely interpreting the Bible to suit the false beliefs you are precommitted to. “Exegesis” is properly interpreting the Bible and making your beliefs suit it.

That is why Asa Mahan said that Ecc. 7:20 was about Solomons generation and not to all generations, especially not those Christians under the promises of the New Covenant.






Cleansing the Temple: A Call to Radical Christianity by Jesse Morrell is a fiery book about purity, prayer, preaching, and persecution.

This book will encourage, educate, and equip you as a believer to truly live for God and do His will.


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The NIV Mistranslates Flesh into Sinful Nature | Jesse Morrell


The NIV inconsistently translates things like “flesh” and “carnal mind” as “sinful nature,” but NOT when it says that God was manifest in the flesh, or if you deny that Jesus came in the flesh you are antiChrist. Why not be consistent and say God was manifest in the “sinful nature” and if you deny that Jesus Christ came in the “sinful nature” you are an antiChrist?

They are conveniently inconsistent in their translation. The fact is, it was the Gnostics who taught that the flesh was in and of itself sinful and that is why they denied Jesus came in the flesh.

Imagine if we translated a Bible so that those passages that speak of the “heart” we translate as “free will.”

“A good man out of the good treasure of his free will bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his free will bringeth forth evil things.” Mat 12:35

The Calvinists would be upset. Because that is an interpretation, not a translation.

Same with the NIV. Sinful nature is an interpretation of flesh, not a translation.



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When I was 14 years old in Middle School I started hanging out with some older kids that I thought were cool from the High School. They were 17-18 years old. We met through parties and drugs.
I wanted to impress them so I talked big and bad. They wanted to see how tough I really was so one day they arranged for a “grappling match.” I was to wrestle one of them, a seventeen year old trained in martial arts. His strength was his powerful legs. His teacher was a world champion.
The way it was supposed to go was simple: whoever taps out loses. The objective was to get the other person into a position where they tap out and you win.
We grappled and it wasn’t long until he had my neck between his powerful legs. I couldn’t get out and he squeezed tight until I couldn’t breath. That is when I was supposed to tap out. But I didn’t. I had made up my mind that I would never tap out, period.
So instead of tapping out, I passed out. Apparently I went into seizures, which freaked everybody out, but when I came to I got up and said “Let’s go again.”
We went again and the same thing happened. He got me in between his legs and choked me out. I passed out, went into seizures, and when I came to I challenged him to do it again.
Three or four times this continued, until he finally gave up and said he was done. I can’t say I won, but I technically didn’t lose.
Surrender wasn’t in my heart. Giving up wasn’t an option. I apply the same principle or philosophy to life and ministry. You only lose when you give in and give up. We all face problems and obstacles. We have all set backs and hardships. Many people tap out and call it quits. Don’t let that be your heart. Never surrender. Never give up. That’s the way to live your life.


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Is it the Holy Spirit’s Job to Convict of Sin or the Preachers Job? Biblically it is BOTH!


Someone made this comment on Facebook:
“The Holy Spirit is the one that convicts us of righteousness not any preacher”
Actually, it’s both.
Jhn 16:8 – And when he is come, he will reprove [ἐλέγχω – to convict] the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Luk 3:19 – But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved [ἐλέγχω – to convict] by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done
Eph 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [ἐλέγχω – to convict] them.
1Ti 5:20 – Them that sin rebuke [ἐλέγχω – to convict] before all, that others also may fear.
2Ti 4:2 – Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove [ἐλέγχω – to convict], rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Tit 1:9 – Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince [ἐλέγχω – to convict] the gainsayers.
Tit 1:13 – This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke [ἐλέγχω – to convict] them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Tit 2:15 – These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke [ἐλέγχω – to convict] with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Biblically, it is the Holy Spirits job AND the preachers job to convict sinners of their sins.
And the biblical support for the preachers to do it is technically greater, as there are 7 verses that support preachers convicting sinners and only 1 verse for the Holy Spirit…
Just saying…



 Cleansing the Temple: A Call to Radical Christianity is a book about prayer, purity, preaching and persecution! It is a compilation of very fiery articles calling out the compromise found in most American churches.


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The Calvinist Argument for Limited Atonement Refuted | Jesse Morrell

The Calvinist argument for limited atonement is:

“The atonement absolutely saves those for whom it was made. Since not everyone is saved, Jesus didn’t die for everyone, or else everyone would be saved.”

However, Hebrews 10:26-31 says that the atonement does not automatically or unconditionally save. A person must repent of their sins and stay away from their sins or else they are trampling the blood of Christ under their foot – bringing upon themselves worse damnation than had they merely sinned against the law.

The necessity for a “limited atonement” is unfounded. Their argument is unsound and unbiblical. The atonement doesn’t automatically or unconditionally save those for whom it was made. The atonement offers forgiveness or pardon to everyone upon condition that they repent and believe.


The Scriptural Doctrine of Atonement by Caleb Burge has been said to be the best book on the Governmental Atonement theory.

Burge expounds upon very profound concepts and presents them in a very intelligent and understandable way.

This book was originally published in 1822.

It contains pure theological gold on one of the most important doctrines of Christianity. It will be an absolute treasure in your library.

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Is God’s Law Impossible? Does God Command the Impossible? Jesse Morrell | Moral Government Theology

Is God’s law impossible?

Does God command the impossible?

No, God commands what we are capable of:

Deu 30:11 – For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden (פָּלָא to be beyond one’s power, be difficult to do) from thee, neither is it far off

Tyrants demand the impossible:

Exo 5:16 – There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people

Our obligation is proportional to our ability:

Luk 10:27 – And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself

Temptation does not exceed our ability:

1Co 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

His commands are not too hard:

Mat 11:30 – For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light

1Jo 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Others have kept His law:

Luk 1:6 – And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless

What does this mean? It means Gods law is not unjust, unreasonable, and tyrannical. And it means that transgression is unjustifiable and inexcusable. Therefore we need Jesus.



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