Libertarian Ho, Ho, Ho!

Published by Reason Magazine – Free Minds and Free Markets


1. a person who advocates liberty, esp. with regard to thought or conduct.

2. a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (distinguished from necessitarian).

3. advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.

4. maintaining the doctrine of free will.


All things being equal as a Christian, if you were to say to me, “R.C., would you like to be free from sin?” I would say, “Of course I’d like to be free from sin.” However, I say that now, until the temptation of sin presses in upon me and my desire for that sin intensifies. Then I surrender to it freely—because when I work and act according to my desires, I am working and acting freely.

R.C. Sproul, What Is Free Will?

The exercise of free will is a spiritual experience in which a person makes choices that may be contrary to his or her innate desires.

I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

The Apostle Paul, Romans 7:15-20 NLT

Is there truly such a thing as free will? I believe so and so did Dr. William Glasser, developer of Choice Theory (also Reality Therapy).

True liberty – freedom – is not licentiousness. True liberty enables a person to make good choices, choices that are good for self, community, and the Kingdom of Heaven. Liberty is the power or right to act according to choice.

Good choices assure us of a truly merry Christmas this and every year.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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