Understanding Free Will

Many believe that we are totally free to choose salvation. In this course, Dr. Sproul explains the often confused and misused concept of free will.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

Many believe that we are totally free to choose salvation. In Willing to Believe, R.C. shows that man’s will is not free but in bondage to sin. He says that we are doomed unless God has mercy and changes our hearts. R.C. examines the issue of free will throughout history, looking at the views of Augustine, Pelagius, Luther, Calvin, Arminius, Edwards, Finney, and others. R.C. demonstrates that some assumptions about “free will” undermine the Gospel and conceal God’s glory in salvation.

This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one Continuing Education Unit.

Course Path Overview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Understanding Free Will

      • to-do Review Course Material
      • to-do Update Your Student Profile
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
  • The Truth Shall Make You Free

    • Lesson 1: The Truth Shall Make You Free

      • watch The Truth Shall Make You Free
      • read Introduction, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 1 Self-Assessment
  • Free Will and Divine Sovereignty

    • Lesson 2: Free Will and Divine Sovereignty

      • watch Free Will and Divine Sovereignty
      • read Chapter one, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 2 Self-Assessment
  • Are We Born Free?

    • Lesson 3: Are We Born Free?

      • watch Are We Born Free?
      • read Chapter 2, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 3 Self-Assessment
  • The Loss of Liberty

    • Lesson 4: The Loss of Liberty

      • watch The Loss of Liberty
      • read Chapter 3, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 4 Self-Assessment
  • Sovereign Grace

    • Lesson 5: Sovereign Grace

      • watch Sovereign Grace
      • read Chapter 4, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 5 Self-Assessment
  • Is Grace Irresistible?

    • Lesson 6: Is Grace Irresistible?

      • watch Is Grace Irresistible?
      • read Chapter 5, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 6 Self-Assessment
  • A Divided Will?

    • Lesson 7: A Divided Will?

      • watch A Divided Will?
      • read Chapter 6, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 7 Self-Assessment
  • Bondage of the Will

    • Lesson 8: Bondage of the Will

      • watch Bondage of the Will
      • read Chapter 7, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 8 Self-Assessment
  • Voluntary Slaves

    • Lesson 9: Voluntary Slaves

      • watch Voluntary Slaves
      • read Chapter 8, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 9 Self-Assessment
  • Is Grace Cooperative?

    • Lesson 10: Is Grace Cooperative?

      • watch Is Grace Cooperative?
      • read Chapter 9, Willing to Believe
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 10 Self-Assessment
  • Born to Sin?

    • Lesson 11: Born to Sin?

      • watch Born to Sin?
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 11 Self-Assessment
  • The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

    • Lesson 12: The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

      • watch The Pelagian Captivity of the Church
      • to-do Thinking In Depth
      • Take Lesson 12 Self-Assessment