Does Irresistible Grace Make Men into Robots? | Monergism. The argument that irresistible grace makes men into robots is made by people who think that they must have the final say, that they must be the final arbiters of their own salvation, that they must be able to veto God. These people believe themselves to be sovereign, though they would deny this despite their words and actions that prove they believe themselves to be sovereign. They insist that they have “free will” (the right to choose what they want) and that God must beg them for permission to save them. (Though they might not actually use the word “beg,” that is sometimes how they communicate their belief, i.e. that God cannot save anyone unless they give Him permission to do so).
These people insist that in order to love God, they must be free not to love God. To be free, of course, means to have rights. This isn’t about mere capacity, despite their protestations to the contrary. This is about people who have set themselves up as sovereigns, as people who have the final veto over any desire God might have to save them. Thus, God is impotent to save without their imprimatur.
Grace is irresistible and it is wonderfully so! What I mean by that is that when God regenerates one of His elect, they find Him and the gospel so wonderfully irresistible that they don’t want anything else. Men have described the experience of finding the women they later married as being “irresistible.” Since they clearly love their wives, why are these men not robots? Why are they not love-slaves to their wives that they found irresistible? Why is it that the robot argument only comes up when it comes to God’s grace being irresistible? Is it because those who use the argument really object to the idea of not being the final arbiters of their own salvation, of not having that veto power over God?