An appeal to free will is often a false flag

Every time
You deny
The truth,
You chain
Your free will
To a lie.

Without the will to be free, free will’s a false flag–an excuse for being imprisoned by desire. In a world of deception and darkness, free will doesn’t just happen. It must be sought and fought for.

There’s no free will in addiction. Addiction is the loss of free will.

Free will isn’t free. It requires that we resist and overcome our inner bondage and deception. When you allow your life to be consumed by cravings and compulsions, you lay down your free will. When you surrender your free will to be dominated by enslaving desires, you give up your right to choose.

Unless we discover and admit the truth, we may claim we have free will, but in reality, our will is in bondage to deception. Our conscience is our inner warning system that alerts us when we begin to surrender our free will to things that enslave it.

Obsession obliterates free will. Addiction annihilates free will. Compulsion crushes free will. Depression deletes free will. Enslavement to destructive desires destroys free will.

Deception dimishes free will. How can you freely choose if you’re deceived about what your options are? Anytime you’re tormented or controlled by feelings that go against your will, that’s a warning that you’re losing your free will.

Every time you’re inwardly coerced into self-enslaving behavior, you walk away from your free will. To win back our free will we must begin with humble honesty and with realigning any deception in us with truth.

An imprisoned will isn’t a free will. When your will is enslaved by deception, desire, addiction, or obsession, you’ve given up your freedom to choose your behaviors. When your will is enslaved to anything, the first step to free will is to freely admit your bondage.

Specks become planks when they’re right in front of my pupils. A speck can block my vision as much as a plank of plywood can. I don’t want to live in delusion. I don’t want my free will to be in bondage to deception caused by my inability and/or unwillingness to see truth. I want to take the planks (those pesky, tiny specks that block my pupils) out of my eyes so I can clearly see the truth and no longer have my free will held in bondage to self-justifications, desires, or ideologies.

When people appeal
To their free will
They're often waving
A false flag
To distract
From their bondage.
Photo by RODNAE Productions on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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2 Responses to An appeal to free will is often a false flag

  1. Marcus Hurst says:

    You have some very good thought their, Steve. May I copy and past this post into my apologetic manuscript – or at least quote a few of the key points?

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