( Log Out /  nothing happens in this world without [God’s] appointment; nevertheless, God neither is the author of, nor can be charged with, the sins which are committed.” (Article 13), The Canons of the Synod of Dort: “The cause or guilt of this unbelief, as well as of all other sins, is nowise in God, but in man himself“(Article 5), Westminster Confession of Faith (1647): “God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.” (Chapter 3), Westminster Confession of Faith (1647): “The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God so far manifest themselves in his providence that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sins of angels and men, and that not by a bare permission, but such as hath joined with it a most wise and powerful bounding, and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to his own holy ends; yet so as the sinfulness thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God; who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.” (Chapter 5), Further, a more modern quote from John Piper, speaking of Jonathan Edwards: “Is God the Author of Sin? Why is there the insistence that man is a free moral agent and that God is not the author of sin? Rightly, God is not evil and thus in his creative agency cannot do evil. it would be a reproach and blasphemy, to suppose God to be the author of sin. On the contrary Scripture affirms, “Let NO MAN SAY when he is tempted (to sin), I am tempted of God: for GOD CANNOT BE TEMPTED WITH EVIL, neither tempteth He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of HIS OWN LUST, and enticed”. Would it not have been better if that tree was never created? It was from the start intended to be an enormous stage for truth, beauty, and goodness. When Nathan confronted David concerning his sin, David’s confession was, “I have sinned against the Lord”. In their sinless-but-imperfect freedom (as opposed to the perfect freedom of heaven), they were deceived and partook of the tree which God had forbidden. If yes, you wouldn’t be alone. It is the creature that introduces it. It multiplies and propagates itself. How God can decree and permit sin and not be the author of it is a mystery. It is clear that Satan had indwelled this king, for the King of Tyre was not in the Garden of Eden as V13 says. The Bible always speaks of the sins of both the wicked and the elect as THEIR sins, and THEIR iniquities etc. The Bible says God planned it for good, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive” (Gen 50:20). Is God the author of sin? Does Dispensationalism Teach Two Modes of Salvation? God has … This question has been asked often in the history of Christian doctrine. Without doing that carefully, we are no longer debating theology but rather arguing semantics. . 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 2nd We will look at how this effected man and. 23 comments. I am aware of all of these refutations, but they don’t even explain. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth … It seems rather amazing, but we have Christians now days who have taken the doctrine of the sovereignty of God to an extreme that few ever dared. God does not commit sin in willing that there be sin. @Mark, where in the world was it stated or even implied that God is not omniscient? As Edwards wrote, “I do not deny that God is the Author of Sin,” when that authorship is rightly understood. Sin causes suffering indirectly (because of sin this earth is corrupted, deteriorating, painful and evil – Genesis 3:14-19; 4:1-15; Romans 8:20-22). Even of Satan, it is written – “Thou wast PERFECT in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee”. God, no doubt, could have hindered it, but for wise ends He allows it. The Church is the Church of God, and should bear on it the moral image of its King: there should be order, therefore, not confusion, in their assemblies. It was a fundamental good that the tree he made was put in the garden so his image-bearers would learn obedience. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Many who have been bold enough even to place all non-elect babies in hell have not been so presumptuous as to ascribe SIN to God! God has established a world in which sin will indeed necessarily come to pass by God’s permission, but not by his “positive agency.” (see here). But we also need to see that God is not the cause of our sin, that frankly when we sin it’s simply because we want to more than anything else. Bible verses about God Is The Author And Finisher. To that end we need to say what we mean when we use words like “author” “cause” “plan” “decree” and “will”, because these words have different meanings to different people. You can find a much more comprehensive discussion here. James 1:13,14,17. . From God; ἀπὸ Θεοῦ (the article is wanting in א, A, B, C, K, L). A census in and of itself was not a sin, but Exodus 30:12–16 gives very specific requirements for how a census was to be conducted, and this census by David did not follow the God-given instructions. Many Scriptures affirm that God is not the author of evil: "God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone" (James 1:13). People who teach classic reformed theology are Christians. [Psa 51:4] How can God be JUST or BLAMELESS if HE MADE David to sin?! It is always active. Coram Deo. “To do good” here requires including God in one’s plans. God did not cause this pair to sin, but neither did he stop them. I’ve always found the passage you quoted from Peter in Acts to be interesting. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Moreso, may God be glorified as God altogether lovely and glorious as I attempt to present His revealed will (meaning, I am not writing anything new or innovative). Conversely, with a perfect human nature, they had the ability to not sin, to resist the devil, and trust God. Think of a time in your life when you sinned and later saw how God brought good out of your sinful actions. Every fallen being becomes a tempter, seeking to ruin others — to drag them down to the same death into which he has himself been driven. But these men tell us that “all things” includes sin. Old Yeller’ died because Fred Gipson planned for him to die. This view of sin upholds all of God’s moral perfection and acknowledges the complex (read: covenantal) relationship that God has with his world. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. Elohim is a law unto Himself. I know there are other viewpoints than Edwards’ “greatest desire” explanation, but I’ve not learned them all. ————— A BROTHER who was greatly helped by the vindication of God's character in the article, "Christian Common Sense," in our March 1 issue, refers us to Job 42:11 as a positive statement that the evil which befell Job was brought upon him by Jehovah. Long answer: 1) God is greater than sin (Psalm 33:7–11; 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 16:1, 4, 9, 33; etc. But, he argues, willing that sin exist in the world is not the same as sinning. True faith is demonstrated by good deeds done for God and others - James 2:1-3:12. 2nd We will look at how this effected man and. - God is not the author of temptation; cf. . (KJV) Our Lord's teaching covered many aspects of sin emphasizing both the variety and specifics of sin. explain … 1. Hence neither Jesus nor his disciples assumed that there had to be a divine purpose behind all events in history. Let’s take the word “author”. "God is not the author of confusion" (1 Corinthians 14:33)—and if that is true, He cannot in any way be the author of evil. So, if you are willing to see what Scripture says, go back to the Bible. you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. It appears that you believe responsibility presupposes freedom of will. Let us address ourselves to the question without further ado. They have extended beyond the bounds of Christianity to some other religion. You can find the video at the bottom of this page. ( Log Out /  (33) For God is not the author of confusion.--Better, For God is the God, not of confusion, but of peace. Even more, he gave the good commandment not to eat from it. where it came from. Sin is attractive to us because we are not yet fully redeemed. The post was only responding to a certain group of extreme Calvinists who, in their zeal to glorify God, have been teaching that God is the direct, efficient cause of sin. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Before the first offspring could be born, Adam and Eve failed to keep God’s law, aligned themselves with Satan, and elevated the creation over their Creator. What would you say to someone who asks you this question? Of this tree, God gave the command: “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Did God sin by creating this tree of “good and evil“? At the same time, Scripture tells us that God scripted that they would Fall and that the world into which Christ would be born would be a world ravaged by sin. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This question was asked and skimmed over in a a Baptist board I frequent. He is not the author of sin as that is against His character, His will and against His perfection as an omnipotent Creator God. Most systematic theologies would also deal with explaining the nature of God and of evil, concluding that God is incapable of evil. Edwards answers, “If by ‘the author of sin,’ be meant the sinner, the agent, or the actor of sin, or the doer of a wicked thing . (e.g., Exodus 33:19; Isaiah 45:7; Lamentations 3:37–38; Ephesians 1:11; etc. ), Next, observe all the passages which speak of God’s sovereign rule over all human activities. To use the evidence that someone said, “God is not the author of sin,” to back up your belief that God is not the author of sin makes absolutely no sense. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But we can also see clearly how God is the author of sin in that He plans (wills, decrees, foreordains, etc) for people to sin. [Jam 1:13,14]. A Biblical Look at God's Decrees 86 Chapter14. having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Eph 1:11; cf. Elohim is the cause of all that is. God allows evil for the working of all things together for good (Rom. Still, by creating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God wrote into the Script a tree that held within its makeup the possibility of the Fall. Authentic wisdom comes from God, not the world - James 3:13-5:20. An author is not morally culpable for writing into their script the acts of evil men—whether fictitious (as in the case of Shakespeare) or real (as in the case of our Triune God). (Part 2). The main thing I was trying to point out in this post is that classic reformed theology is not so fatalistic that we have God as immediate cause of all acts, including giving us a sinful nature, or flexing the muscles that take us to sin. Watch how the story unfolds. How can Peter say that their actions were planned by God, but then command them to repent? 13, 17), we must hold two assertions, the same that Jonathan Edwards expressed above: With respect to the sovereign decree of sin, God is the author of sin. In his divinely-inspired understanding, Peter explains that before the world began and sin came into that world, God intended to send his Son into the world as a perfect man to save imperfect men and women from their sin. Consider these words in 1 Peter 1:18–21: . Moral evil originated with the creature, not the Creator. I’m glad God has given you a forum to point out error. . To back up the doctrine would take verses such as “God never lies” (Titus 1:2); in God is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5), and the myriad passages about His holiness and purity. Sin emphasizing both the variety and specifics of sin? like Vincent Cheung insisting... That sitteth by, let the first hold his absolute sovereignty and what means. 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