If God wants sin to occur, so should we! The God of … “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard” (Isa. Therefore, sinners are the cause of sin, not God. Every sin that is condemned is the condemnation of the work of God! Likewise Christ was ordainedbefore the foundation of the world (1 Pet. That Calvinism makes God the author of sin, is logically indisputable, and some Calvinists agree. Some in fact do try to be consistent and claim that the most hideous deeds you could ever think of are still predestined by God because "nothing happens against the will of God". If Calvinism is true and God causes all things, then God causes all temptations and all confusion. John Calvin said, “The first man fell because the Lord deemed it meet that he should.”13 Piscator said, “God made Adam and Eve to this very purpose, that they might be tempted and lead into sin. “And when the women saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” (Gen. 3:6). It is self-evident that a sinner is someone who causes sin to exist, someone who chooses to bring about its existence. If God has a secret will, which is contrary to His revealed or declared will, then that secret will would be “wrong” because His revealed or declared will is “right.” If God tells us that He doesn’t ever want us to sin, but he secretly wants us to sin every time that we do sin, then we cannot trust God because He is a liar. He is punished by God for being what God predestined Him to be! iii) Ergo, Calvinism makes God the author of sin As Wesley might say, "Such blasphemy this theory of verbal inspiration, as one would think might make the ears of a Christian to tingle!" God is the author of the author of sin, He cannot be the author of sin itself, for sin is the result of a rebellion against God. 7:29) God created Adam and Eve with a good nature, but the relation between your nature and your will is not causation, but influence. 3:5). That is because God never wanted sin to occur but wants men to be righteous. Man would be a puppet of God, rather than a rebel against God. It was intended to solve the difficulties which earlier thinkers had raised with reference to the beginnings of existence and the relations of the one and many. But there is more than one sense of the word cause. 16 He has placed fire and water before you; reach out and take whichever you want. NO Absolute Evil in the Universe. and wherein have I wearied thee? 1:13). It's quite true that Calvin rejected the notion that God's decree allowed for sin by bare permission. Clearly the will of God is not always being done on earth. What would be so wrong with His counsel or with His will that He would need to hide it from His universe? God does not make men damnable because God does not make men sinful. 5:4; 7:11; Prov. God and his angels actually fight against Satan and his demons (Dan. Again, what Calvin objected to was "the distinction between will and permission." To suggest otherwise is to be guilty of high blasphemy. Since God created man a moral being, capable of virtue or vice, He gave them a moral law to influence their decisions. There is a real war going on between God and the devil for the allegiance of man’s free will. 4:8), if God secretly decreed the existence of sin when He could have decreed holiness in those instances? In other words, they were not choosing in accordance with His Divine plan or will. He argued (as I have here) that God is by no means passive in the administration of His providence. If He was, every crime that is prosecuted is really the work of God being prosecuted! Email This BlogThis! God has taken a great interest in His creation and is deeply concerned with it. In his recent book, Against Calvinism, Roger Olson carefully distinguishes the official teaching of Calvinism from where he thinks it logically leads. But we are not appealing to "bare permission" in the sense Arminians use the expression—that is, making an artificial distinction between "will" and "permission." That is why God used the means of commandment and the devil used the means of deception. Man was a moral being and therefore neither God nor the devil could force him to do their will. Jed Smock said, “God can create beings with the potential for virtue, but God cannot create by fiat a morally upright person. 6:7-8). 3:22). (Providence speaks of His purposeful care and management of everything He created). 97:10; Amos 5:15). God’s eternal decree for sin was “thou shalt not” (Exo. 1:2), because there is a blessing for those who overcome (Jas. The Bible says that men “rejected the counsel of God against themselves” (Lk. That is because God’s plan was for holiness, but the devil’s plan was for sin. If the public knew they started the fires, they would not praise them for putting them out! God grieves over man’s sin and God rejoices over man’s repentance. If a person says that God “created sin,” then they are in fact “accusing God of sinning.” But the Bible explicitly says that the Lord will not make or fashion iniquity (Zeph. 7:17). In other words, a God who abjures literal omnipotence has rendered himself incompetent, and this cannot be abided. Can such a divinity be said to be capable of genuine, spontaneous, sincere, uncalculating love (or, for that matter, genuine, spontaneous, sincere, uncalculating outrage)? God did not create what He hates; neither did He create us to do what He hates! Calvin himself (Institutes 3.23.8) cites Augustine to this effect: Calvin, however, goes on to argue that the damnation of the wicked is still just, because the wicked are deserving of such a punishment. hits. 15 If you want to, you can keep the Lord’s commands. The fact that “Jesus wept” (Jn. “Yea, they have chosentheir own ways” (Isa. God is good and wanted man to do what was good. We live like beasts, always at the mercy of what the day may bring, knowing nothing of the outcome that God will impose upon our acts.”38 Theognis said, “No man, Cyrnus, is responsible for his own ruin or for his own success: of both these things the gods are the givers… the gods will bring all to the fulfillment that they have planned.”39 Vettius Valens said, “For it is impossible for any man by prayers or sacrifices to overcome what was fixed from the beginning and alter it to his taste; what has been assigned to us will happen without our praying for it, what is not fated will not happen for our prayers.”40, Ben Sirach, the Jewish scribe during Old Testament times, rightly reasoned, “Say not: ‘It was God’s doing that I fell away’; for what he hates he does not do. Why do you blaspheme more and more, in saying this? What a great tragedy to read “…it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth (Gen. 6:5-6). 66:3). Poor devil! God said, “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me” (Isa. On the contrary, he emphatically denies that God is the source of the evil in fallen man. God made me do it.” Is God the “the mastermind” behind all the crimes of our society? If God commanded Adam and Eve not to sin, when He secretly wanted them to sin, God was misrepresenting His own character and intentionally misleading or deceiving them. They say that many are on the broad road, and few are on the narrow road, because God wants it to be that way. After placing man in the Garden with the forbidden tree, God had warned Adam about the consequences of his possible choice ahead of time (Gen. 2:17). NO Absolute Evil in the Universe SECTION II. The devil is evil and wanted man to do what was evil. Someone might say, “But the Westminster Confession says that God’s decree of sin does not take away second causes, so that He is not the author of sin even though He decrees all sin.” Yes, their confession says that. God was completely sincere in His command. God is always and only passive with regard to evil, they said. If God causes all things, Paul would be lying by saying He is not the author of confusion. No…). Motivational Posters for Street Preachers! After one young convert heard a Calvinist describing Calvinism, he said to him, “Your god is my devil.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. John Calvin; edited by Paul Helm (Crossway Books, 2010), 92. Is that really what God is like? The doctrine of free will makes man the author and cause of sin, but Calvinistic sovereignty makes God the author and cause of sin. Your nature does not cause your will. Labels: Calvinism… Doing what was right or doing what was wrong was not determined by their nature, but was determined by their free will. I realize now that she basically believed in Calvinism. That is an utterly absurd claim on the face of it, for if God never acted by permission in any sense, there would be no such thing as "second causes"—a phrase found in practically all classic Calvinist confessions. 13:16; 1 Jn. We are told about Lucifer “Thou wast perfect in all thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Eze. God was trying to form in man a good moral character like He has, while the devil was seeking to create in them an evil moral character like he possesses. Since according to strict Calvinism everything that happens is God’s will, then the sin and evil that occur are His will also. God wants us to be holy all of the time. 6:16; Eze. Its efficient cause is the sculptor, insofar has he forces the bronze into shape. 28:15). They sought to gratify their natural desires in an unnatural and unlawful way, through means which God did not plan for them. God certainly would not appear to His universe as “just” for punishing men for doing what He caused them to do. That is why the devil is called the “god of this world” (2 Cor. Is God condemning the fruit of His own activity or the work of His own hands? And the injustice would be still greater, if God, after having predestined a man to ruin when he stood, inflicted punishment upon him after his fall.”56. The objective of commanding and warning is that the one who is being commanded and warned would make the right choice in light of what was warned about. He suggested to them that they should disobey God. God had created them for a relationship with Him; but now through sin, that relationship with interrupted and disturbed. 20 He has never commanded anyone to be wicked or given anyone permission to sin. We are supposed to pray “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” because God’s will is better than what is occurring on earth, not because everything that happens on earth is already God’s will! Regarding those who “would not hearken” to the Lord, God said “I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels” (Ps. 1:9). Calvinism says that God caused the damnation of all, so that He could predestine the salvation of the few. If God caused all the sin of men, if we are puppets of God or marionettes in the hands of the Divine, and are not free moral agents, then God is the only real sinner in the entire universe and we cannot be justly responsible and accountable for our actions. I have also wondered how could any lover of holiness be expected to accept Calvinism? No wonder John Wesley said that Calvinism destroys “all the attributes of God, his justice, mercy, and truth, yea, it represents the most holy God as worse than the devil, as both more false, more cruel, and more unjust.”52 The devil has only tempted men to sin, but Calvinism says that God makes them do it! He said “God… effects, and moves and impels all things in a necessary, infallible course…”16 He also said, “This is the highest degree of faith – to believe that He is merciful, the very One who saves so few and damns so many. God was trying to govern them with truth. God prefers holiness over sinfulness. Is God to blame for all the kidnappings each year? The Hebrew word “committed” actually means to “make,” These are not concepts made up on the fly for the benefit of dodging Arminian objections. If sin was God’s will, and we ought to love God’s will, then we ought to love sin! 2:5) “O my people, what have I done unto thee? But Israel was told, “…loathe yourself in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed” (Eze. 17:3). 20:43). We must remember that God does not desire sacrifice but desires a holy people (Ps. To say that God wanted Adam and Eve to sin is to confuse God with the devil! Gordon C. Olson said, “Beloved, when God had made such glorious and blessed plans for His creature man, and man had forsaken the great heart of God for sinful pleasure, and further, grew worse and worse, can we form any conception of the sorrow and grief that came upon the blessed Trinity when they ‘saw’ such wickedness? 1.Hyper-Calvinism: Beliefs: God is the author of sin and man has no responsibility before God. We know that Adam and Eve did not have a “sinful nature” because when God made everything He made it “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Warning a person about the consequences of their choices takes for granted that they have the ability of choice and assumes that they can choose between two alternatives. This is because God did not want them to sin and hoped to influence them not to by bringing to their attention the negative consequences of such a choice. 6:16-17). The weapon itself could not be blamed or punished. So while they might deny teaching that God is the “author of sin” because He is not the “second cause,” they essentially say that He is the cause of sin because they say He is the first cause of it. SECTION I. I have asked Calvinists, “Is God angry and grieved with sin?” They have answered, “Yes.” Then I’ve asked, “Was sin the secret Sovereign plan of God?” They have answered, “Yes.” Then I’ve asked, “So you’re saying that God is angry and grieved with His own secret Sovereign plan?” They don’t know how to answer that. 4:25; 31:39; Jdg. Effectively, it boils down to what defines a “proper” divinity–perfect ideals, or perfect power? 15:22; Mk. God takes no pleasure in sin or in the death of the wicked (Gen. 6:5-6; Ps. In my mind, this would make both the child and the rapist victims of Gods fatalistic will! 18 The Lord’s wisdom and power are great and he sees everything. Therefore, this book seeks to justify the historic Calvinist position in the contemporary debate related to God being the author of sin, the first sin by Adam, and the specific axiological problem of evil. Man was created for God’s pleasure. That being so, this very capacity to do evil is also good – good, I say, because it makes the good part better by making it voluntary and independent, not bound by necessity but free to decide for itself.”4, Clement of Rome, who was the Apostle Paul’s companion, said, “But, you say, God ought to have made us at first so that we should not have thought at all of such things. Consider. There are four causes:Material cause, or the elements out of which an object is created;Efficient cause, or the means by which it is created;Formal cause, or the expression of what it is;Final cause, or the end for which it is.Take, for example, a bronze statue. And therefore every move of Satan is part of God’s overall purpose and plan.”50 If it is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit to prescribe the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil (Matt. Zanchius said, “Both the elect and the reprobates were foreordained to sin, as sin, that the glory of God might be declared thereby.”54 The Bible expressly condemns the maxim: “Let us do evil, that good may come” (Rom. To credit the works of the devil to God is just as much blasphemy as it is to credit the works of God to the devil. When men would worship idols and false gods, the Lord said that they were doing what “he commanded them not” (Lev. 8:44). John Calvin is convinced that, “Nothing happens except what is knowingly and willingly decreed by [God].” If this is true, then God must knowingly and willingly decree man’s sin. On the contrary, he emphatically denies that God is the source of the evil in fallen man. Both God and the devil presented to the minds of Adam and Eve considerations in order to influence the decisions of their free will. When a being originates sin through their own free will, they are sinning and consequently become a sinner. Notice: what Calvin attacked was "bare permission," described by Calvin himself as the notion that God is passive and at the mercy of others' choices. We must not project Greek ideas of perfection unto the Hebrew God. Jesus stated a self-evident truth of reason when he said “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matt. 1:2); and therefore, God says He doesn’t want us to sin and He means it! God willed one thing to take place and it didn’t take place, because there are other wills involved. This is what Arminians typically try to do with God, pinning the moral responsibility for all evil on Him, as the Final Cause. The application of this plan was not executed until it became necessary. paragraph III.1 from the Westminster Confession: "the distinction between will and permission. Sin was not the will of God but was a rebellion against His will. 7:11). Arminians often insist that if "God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass" (Westminster Confession of Faith, III.1) then He must be morally responsible for evil. Truthfulness is the foundation of trustworthiness, but what confidence can one have in the character of a person who doesn’t mean what he says? This is contrary to the words of Tucker who stated, “Sin, or moral evil, is… a wise and holy ordination of God.”58 and “Not an impure thought, word, or act, more or less, can arise among the creatures, than God has actually determined the being and permission of. Aug. 24, 2009 (henceforth known as time t). God even regretted the creation of our race when He saw how we became sinful (Gen. 6:5-6). He could not charge them for what He was guilty of! 3. Read More. If we knew in our minds that God caused our actions instead of ourselves freely causing them, it would be impossible for our minds to loathe and condemn ourselves for those actions. Here Calvinists and Arminians have been arguing for years about whether God's ordaining whatsoever comes to pass makes God the author of sin, come to … Yet ultimately Calvinism teaches that God is the author or cause of sin. Consider this syllogism which assumes their premise: Logically, if God is angry and grieved with sin and sin is His plan, then God is angry and grieved with His own plan! The Bible talks about those who did “that which was right in his own eyes” (Jdg. God said, “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth… I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right” (Isa. Before man is life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given him.”41. But since free choice… originates sins… punishments are justly inflicted.”7 Tatian said, “Nothing evil has been created by God. So the argument that God is the author of sin boils down to the proposition that God ordains whatsoever comes to pass???!! It was God who commanded obedience from Adam, but it was the devil that tempted Adam to sin. Organized crime will seek to commit their crimes in secret or to hide their actions because if their activity were publicly known, it would not be approved of by the public. It is important to understand that the decisions of will caused by a free moral agent occur after the motives presented to the mind are considered and contemplated. God is a real person with real experiences. Say not: ‘He has caused me to err’; for he has no need of wicked man. A simple Bible study reveals that God has a serious problem with sin, but is God the cause of His own problem? Julian of Eclanum said, “We maintain that men are the work of God, and that no one is forced unwillingly by His power either into evil or good, but that man does either good or ill of his own will; but that in a good work he is always assisted by God’s grace, while in evil he is incited by the suggestions of the devil.”42 The Bible explicitly says, “God hath made men upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (Ecc. Thus, according to Calvinism, God gave the desire, which unavoidably birthed the choice to sin, and this desire God called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). They misuse Isaiah 45:7 which says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” The Hebrew word used for evil means “calamity.”57 Calamity is physical evil. You can decide whether you will be loyal to him or not. By giving them a moral law, He gave them the opportunity to be obedient or disobedient. The Bible explicitly tells us that God hates sin (Prov. Because God wants worship, and God wants love. The Infra or Sublapsarians declare that the Views of the Supralapsarians legitimately make God the Author of Sin, SECTION IV. Any view that makes God the author of sin does indeed turn the object of our worship into a moral monster. But just as God allowed Satan to tempt Job, not to destroy his character but to prove his character and faithfulness (Job 1:8-12), God allowed Satan to tempt Adam and Eve, not so that they would sin, but to give them the opportunity of being genuinely loyal to Him. Here the cops are absolutely the. This of course He never does, because sin is not His plan and sin is not good. If Calvinism is true, a person is ungodly if they don’t want sin to exist! God was prepared in the same way that an airplane would have a parachute on it before it crashes. 1:9; 1 Thes. But is this assessment fair to the Calvinist position or consistent with Scripture? When Israel would sacrifice their children to idols, God said to them, “ye pollute yourselves” (Eze. God is not some impassible being that is unaffected by His creation. Though the Bible says that Satan was a “liar from the beginning” (Jn. Its material cause is the bronze itself. That is not what He created and designed us for! 2:3; 22:4; 33:2; 33:6; 33:22; 36:5; 36:9; 36:12; Jer. He wished to enhance his glory by means of its punishment and removal.”55. This false theology makes you feel bad for the devil because he merely a puppet or marionette in the hand of the Lord. Cease your evil-speaking, ye who ought to speak well of Him, and to bestow all honour upon Him.”5. “Thus saith the Lord, what iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” (Jer. God is not the author of sin! SECTION I. God places His actions before the minds of moral agents so that they can see the righteousness of His ways and the rectitude of His doings. 33:11; Zec. If sin is God’s plan, we should rejoice over sin! This is an excerpt from the book, “The Natural Ability of Man: A Study on Free Will & Human Nature” by Jesse Morrell. With infinite desire, He wants our universe to be sinless and perfect. God is the perfect author of the perfect story. God is pleased when men live holy (Isa. He really did want them to obey Him and motivated them to obey Him by warning them of the negative consequences of sin if they were to choose that course. We are! And is there a doctrine more worthy of our abhorrence and hatred than the doctrine which makes God the author of sin? Copyright © 2001 by Phillip R. Johnson. 19:5). According to the doctrine of Calvinism, God is the primary cause of everything, and John Calvin establishes God’s creation as the secondary cause of sinful actions, “Further what I said before is to be remembered, that since God manifests His power through means and inferior causes, it is not to be separated from them.” Jesus hated their doctrine! God invites men to “judge” and to “testify against” Him, knowing that none can find fault with His moral character. But God is angry with sinners for their sin (Ps. “Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity” (Job. The devil is evil and is therefore not the author of good, while God is good and therefore is not the author of evil. God created everything “good” and He wanted it to stay that way. They teach that sin is not the result of man misusing his free will but that sin is the result of God’s secret, eternal, irresistible, sovereign will. Thus they can “recover themselves out of the snare of the devil” (2 Tim. The only way to explain their sin, without making God the author of sin, is to say that they sinned by free will and not by necessity of nature. God talks about bringing “evil” or calamity to a city to punish their sins (Neh. 33:11), but “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Ps. 13:16; 1 Jn. 1:12). To believe that He is just, the One who according to His own will, makes us necessarily damnable.“17. is the cause of those actions which are sins…”35, Vincent Cheung said, “God controls everything that is and everything that happens. They assume that if God brings about evil in any sense, he must therefore approve it and deserve the blame. Created morally innocent, they were now free to choose what is good and as a result have a good character, or to choose evil and as a result have an evil character. Calvinism Makes God the Author of Sin . And John Calvin said, “Whatever things are done wrongly and unjustly by man, these very things are the right and just works of God.”64 God cannot be a worker of iniquity and not be a worker of iniquity at the same time. God gave them free will and a moral law so that they could do what was right. While I was street preaching outside of a club in OttawaCanada, a girl said to me “God wants us to be out here and have fun. God the Efficient Cause of Sin, SECTION III. But why does Calvin begin that very section of his Institutes [3.23.8] by objecting to the word permission? Come into the world could force him to be righteous “ …to obey is better than sacrifice (. Consequently they were created for the allegiance of man proves the freedom of.. 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