We are challenged to take in debate the affirmative of the following question: “Resolved, That man is a free agent.” Please write us if we have the right side of the question; and, if so, will you be so kind as to give us your arguments on that side, and oblige?
In the ordinary acceptation of the expression, it is true, though not a Bible sentence. Men usually mean by this expression that man, as he is, can accept the gospel and be saved at any time that he will, or he can reject it and die. The language of the Bible is: “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “Enter ye in at the strait gate.” “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
These passages show that man can serve God and live, or refuse and be lost; and if that is what is meant by the expression that “man is a free agent,” then it is true. But in discussing religious subjects we think it would be best to use Bible language in stating what we affirm, and in this way all might soon be one.
Elisha G. Sewell