Those who are Arminian in their theology love to talk about free will. Their idea, generally, is that God has given men free will totally apart from any influence of God, and they may, of their own volition, at any time choose good or evil. They may, at any given time, obey or disobey God, by exercising their free will.
There’s a thread of truth in that, as there is in every erroneous idea. But in order to follow this notion to its logical conclusion, you have to totally ignore the fact that God is Sovereign, supreme in thinking, and reasoning, and planning, and that He works out everything according to His own will and purpose (Ephesians 1:11).
Humankind, by our very nature, is at enmity with God. Because of the fact that we are at enmity with God due to the disobedience of our first father and mother, Adam and Eve, it is impossible for us to do righteousness (the right thing), because all that we might endeavor in the way of righteousness, is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We can’t, in our fallen state, discern God’s will, or understand His Word in the slightest and most superficial way (Please read 1 Corinthians 2nd chapter in its entirety). Therefore free will in regard to the fallen human race is this: It is quite logical that we are free, within the confines of our fallen human nature, to sin; but since “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags,” it is absolutely impossible to fellowship with God; or to obey God; or to please God in the slightest way, apart from a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This is Biblical Christian thinking. It is called Calvinistic, but did not originate with Calvin. It is also called Monergism; a belief that the Holy Spirit, and not humankind’s free will, is the active agent in a person’s salvation. God the Father chooses us, in fact, has chosen us from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4); the Holy Spirit convinces or convicts us of our sin and leads us to Christ; we come in repentance to God the Father; and by faith to Jesus Christ, confessing Him as Savior and Lord, receiving Him as He is revealed in the Bible, and are saved. Christ imputes His righteousness and holiness to us; and therefore we have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are then free to obey God, to walk in the Spirit, and to live in covenant with Him, as God’s redeemed and adopted sons and daughters (Please read Romans 8 in its entirety).
Yes, free will does exist; but only as it’s defined in God’s Holy Word. Believe the Bible! Receive Christ as He’s revealed in the Bible. Experience and enjoy the joy and freedom that Christ gives to those who come by faith to Him!
With love, from a sinner saved by God’s irresistible grace,