Here is my view: God sovereignly decreed that man should be free to exercise moral choice, and man from the beginning has fulfilled that decree by making his choice between good and evil. When he chooses to do evil, he does not thereby countervail the sovereign will of God but fulfills it, inasmuch as the eternal decree decided not which choice the man should make that he should be free to make it. If in His absolute freedom God has willed to give man limited freedom, who is there to stay His hand or say, “What does though?” Man’s will is free because God is sovereign. A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures. He would be afraid to do so.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 89
In other words, if we think that we can cover our guilt with our own moral zeal, spirituality, free will and good intentions, we do not realize the seriousness of our condition. We do not seek God. We are righteous and even our best works are offensive to God even if they are praiseworthy to us and to our neighbors. Finally, God’s judgment silences our spin. We are arraigned. No longer protesting our innocence and putting God on trial, we accept the verdict.
– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 54
The atonement is not high on the contemporary agendas of either Catholics or Protestant. This is as true for evangelicals as for liberal Protestants. And that is because we do not really believe that the ultimate crisis facing us is the wrath of God. We understand neither God and his holiness, nor ourselves and our depravity. We may not think that we can save ourselves by meritorious works, but at least God will take notice of our good intentions. At least we had the decency to exercise our free will properly, deciding to ‘make Jesus our Lord and Savior.’
George Lindbeck, Yale theologian
as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 52
The absolute and universal supremacy of God is affirmed with equal plainness and positiveness in the New Testament. There we are told that God “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11) – the Greek word for “worketh” means “to work effectually.” For this reason, we read, “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever, Amen.” (Romans 11:36). Men may boast that they are free agents, with a will of their own, and are at liberty to do as they please, but Scripture says to those who boast “we will go into such a city and continue there a year, and buy and sell… Ye ought to say, If the Lord will” (James 4:13, 15)
Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 29