The fallacy of a Free Will is a challenge to me. I am so tempted to believe that my will is free to choose what I want to choose — a belief aided by the American culture in which I live. (wink!) But, Luther was far more correct in noting that we are not equipped with a free will — but a bound will. Apart from the Spirit of God freeing us — we have no ability to choose. Below is a great article that explains it better than I’ve ever been able to!
No one, not even secular philosophers, believe in the freedom of the will. Technically speaking & from the materialistic perspective, freedom of the will is an impossibility. You only need to consider the premise for a moment. “Freedom of the will” is the belief that the human will is uninfluenced by anything other than itself. When it comes to freedom of the will no external circumstance is involved. The will is free. It is self-determined. It is moved purely by its own inclinations. Which ultimately means your will is not inclined to make any decision based on a preference, or the surrounding environment. It is uninfluenced. Therefore, it is “free” to choose whatever it desires without consideration of any particular object, or its quality. In fact, it has to be this way for free will to actually exist. Otherwise, if it’s not uninfluenced, some other force would have sway over the will. It would not be free.
If your will is truly free, it simply chooses without concern for any given object. If it faces two objects, it may choose either without partiality. Philosophers and theologians refer to this as the Law of Contrary Choice. In order for the will to be free, (and a choice to be legitimate) it must have the opportunity to refuse, or choose between two objects without a preference for either.