Man, it is said, is “a free moral agent”. In other words, man is given the ability and right to be bad or good, perverse or pure, righteous or unrighteous, corrupt or honest, etc.
It is true that the choices are his but the real choice is actually only between what two rulers and guides he will serve in life: the devil or God in Christ. “You will love the one or the other; you cannot serve two masters”.
Like puppets, based on our choices, we will respond to the promptings of the devil and his demons or those of God and His Spirit. As it is written, “You are of your father the devil” or you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior and now have God as your Father.
In Christ, living in, and being led by, His Spirit is the only way your ways can be clean and acceptable to God. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ways thereof are death.”
Jesus is “the way” and “no one can come to the Father but by Him”. His way is the only acceptable, pure, holy, way that pleases God.