[quote=FrRobSST]The problem is that Scripture also clearly teaches free will. We have verses scattered all over the place talking about works and tying them into justification, and not just in the so-called ‘straw epistle’ of James.
Rob, I’d like to give the “Calvinist” position on free will, first, and then if you would like I’ll continue with the rest of your statement.
I’ll make it brief.
We are made in the image of God. God being volition, we too are volition beings. The question: in what way is man’s will free?
Gen 6:5 says that "every intent of the thoughts of his [man’s] heart was only evil continually (see also Gen 8:21; Ps 14:1-3; Pro 6:18; Mt 15:19; Rom 1:28-32).
Rom 3:10ff expands: “There is none righteous, not even one; none who understands…none who seeks God…they are all useless.”
Christ, Paul, and Peter say that the man (and his will) are in bondage to sin (Jn 8:34; Rom 6:16; 2 Pet 2:19). God and Paul add to that the man (and his will) are also dead spiritually (Gen 2:17; Eph 2:1).
Unregenerate man can do evil and nothing but. That is God’s statement throughout Scripture. Unregenerate man’s will is in bondage to sin/evil. It is, therefore, limited freedom at best.