In the sixteenth century Reformation, Luther’s The Bondage of the Will was one of the biggest, most talked about topics around the world. Sadly, nearly 500 years after this sixteenth century Reformation, most people who benefit from this reformation have not even heard of this great doctrine. What is even more unlucky is that many have even given up the Gospel for a free will heresy.
The question of free will was no ordinary question for Luther; his entire understanding of the Gospel of the grace of God stood on this question. And all that fell or stood in the way he went about it. For Luther the initial structure of the Biblical doctrine of grace was the denial of free will, and it was also was a stepping stone for someone who would be seeking to come to the faith of God and understand the Gospel. Anyone who has not understood or attempted to learn about the bondage of his or her own sin has yet to understand any part of the Gospel. I believe that Justification by faith alone is very important and crucial that it be interpreted correctly. The “by faith alone” principle cannot be properly understood until it is seen with its partner, the principal of “by grace alone”. They go hand and hand. The Bible tells us that faith has to be and is a gift of God, not by self, but by grace (Ephesians 2:8). It is made clear that for Luther, any evangelist or Christian that supports free will has not only ever preached the Gospel but also has not yet understood the Gospel.