Reformed Theology – Doctrine of Demons

doctrine of demons

Some quotes from Reformed theologians demonstrating that God is the Author of Sin.  These men are Satan’s messengers. There are many more false teachers out there preaching the same thing, even in YOUR church.  Ask your pastor to be sure, and if he agrees, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!  This is not the God of the Bible!

John Calvin:

But hence we maintain that, by his providence, not heaven and earth and inanimate creatures only, also the counsels and wills of men are so governed as to move exactly in the course which he has destined.[1]

Men do nothing save at the secret instigation of God, and do not discuss and deliberate on anything but what he has previously decreed with himself, and brings to pass by his secret direction.[2]

The hand of God rules the interior affections no less than it superintends external actions; nor would God have effected by the hand of man what he decreed, unless he worked in their hearts to make them will before they acted.[3]

The will of God is the chief and principal cause of all things.[4]

If God controls the purposes of men, and turns their thoughts and exertions to whatever purpose he pleases, men do not therefore cease to form plans and to engage in this or the other undertaking. We must not suppose that there is a violent compulsion, as if God dragged them against their will; but in a wonderful and inconceivable manner he regulates all the movements of men, so that they still have the exercise of their will.[5]

The first man fell because the Lord deemed it meet that he should: why he deemed it meet, we know not… Man therefore falls, divine providence so ordaining but he falls by his own fault.[6]

How it was ordained by the foreknowledge and decree of God what man’s future was without God being implicated as associate in the fault as the author or approver of transgression, is clearly a secret so much excelling the insight of the human mind, that I am not ashamed to confess ignorance…. I daily so meditate on these mysteries of his judgments that curiosity to know anything more does not attract me.[7]

I have already shown clearly enough that God is the author of all those things which, according to these objectors [non-Calvinists] happen only by his inactive permission… No, when we cannot comprehend how God can will that to be done which he forbids us to do, let us call to mind our imbecility…”[8]

What we must prove is that single events are ordered by God and that every event comes from his intended will. Nothing happens by chance.”[9]

But where it is a matter of men’s counsels, wills, endeavors, and exertions, there is greater difficulty in seeing how the providence of God rules here too, so that nothing happens but by His assent and that men can deliberately do nothing unless He inspire it.[10]

James White:

Calvinist theologian James White, in a debate with Hank Hannegraaf and George Bryson, was asked, “When a child is raped, is God responsible and did He decree that rape?” To which Mr. White replied… “Yes, because if not then it’s meaningless and purposeless and though God knew it was going to happen he created it without a purpose… and God is responsible for the creation of despair… If He didn’t [decree child rape] then that rape is an element of meaningless evil that has no purpose.”[11]

Scripture…teaches God’s sovereignty (providence, decree, etc.) and man’s responsibility. We usually call this “biblical compatibilism,” which we might summarize by saying that human beings freely chose what God foreordains.”[12]

Vincent Cheung:

God controls everything that is and everything that happens. There is not one thing that happens that he has not actively decreed – not even a single thought in the mind of man. Since this is true, it follows that God has decreed the existence of evil, he has not merely permitted it, as if anything can originate and happen apart from his will and power. Since we have shown that no creature can make completely independent decisions, evil could never have started without God’s active decree, and it cannot continue for one moment longer apart from God’s will. God decreed evil ultimately for his own glory, although it is not necessary to know or to state this reason to defend Christianity from the problem evil.[13]

Those who see that it is impossible to altogether disassociate God from the origination and continuation of evil nevertheless try to distance God from evil by saying that God merely “permits” evil, and that he does not cause any of it. However, since Scripture itself states that God actively decrees everything, and that nothing can happen apart from his will and power, it makes no sense to say that he merely permits something – nothing happens by God’s mere permission.[14]

John Piper:

So when I say that everything that exists — including evil — is ordained by an infinitely holy and all-wise God to make the glory of Christ shine more brightly, I mean that, one way or the other, God sees to it that all things serve to glorify his Son.[15]

God is able without blameworthy ‘tempting’ to see to it that a person does what God ordains for him to do even if it involves evil.[17]

J.I. Packer:

God… orders and controls all things, human actions among them…He [also] holds every man responsible for the choices he makes and the courses of action he pursues… Man is a responsible moral agent, though he is also divinely controlled; man is divinely controlled, though he is also a responsible moral agent. To our finite minds, of course, the thing is inexplicable.[18]

R.C. Sproul Jr.:

God wills all things that come to pass…God desired for man to fall into sin. I am not accusing God of sinning; I am suggesting that God created sin.”[19]

Edwin Palmer:

Foreordination means God’s sovereign plan, whereby He decides all that is to happen in the entire universe. Nothing in this world happens by chance. God is in back of everything. He decides and causes all things to happen that do happen. He is not sitting on the sidelines wondering and perhaps fearing what is going to happen next. No, He has foreordained everything ‘after the counsel of his will’ (Eph. 1:11): the moving of a finger, the beating of a heart, the laughter of a girl, the mistake of a typist – even sin…Although sin and unbelief are contrary to what God commands…God has included them in his sovereign decree (ordained them, caused them to certainly come to pass).[20]

W.G.T. Shedd:

Sin is one of the ‘whatsoevers’ that have ‘come to pass’, all of which are ‘ordained’…Nothing comes to pass contrary to His decree. Nothing happens by chance. Even moral evil, which He abhors and forbids, occurs by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God… man’s inability to explain how God can make things certain, but not compulsory… is no reason to deny that [God] can do it or that he has done it.[21]

God by his providence permitted some of the angels willfully and irrecoverably, to fall into sin and damnation…ordering that, and all their sins, to his glory.[22]

Gordan H. Clark:

I wish very frankly and pointedly to assert that if a man gets drunk and shoots his family, it was the will of God that he should do it…” He goes on to assert, “Let it be unequivocally said that this view certainly makes God the cause of sin. God is the sole ultimate cause of everything. There is absolutely nothing independent of him. He alone is the eternal being. He alone is omnipotent. He alone is sovereign.[23] Some people who do not wish to extend God’s power over evil things, and particularly over moral evils…The Bible therefore explicitly teaches that God creates sin.[24]

A.W. Pink:

Plainly it was God’s will that sin should enter this world, otherwise it would not have entered, for nothing happens except what God has eternally decreed. Moreover, there was more than a simple permission, for God only permits things that fulfill his purpose.[25]

John Frame

The Reformed [Calvinists] agree that God knows what would happen under all conditions, but they reject the notion that this knowledge is ever ultimately based on man’s autonomous decisions. Human decisions, they argue, are themselves the effects of God’s eternal decrees.[26]

Jonathan Edwards:

God did from all eternity will or decree the commission of all the sins of the world. [27]

Zwingli:

God makes angels and men sin. [28]

Zanchius:

Both the elect and the reprobates were foreordained to sin, as sin, that the glory of God might be declared thereby. [29]
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[1] Calvin, John. Inst. I.xvi.8. 1539 edition. Quoted in A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 73
[2] Calvin, John. Inst. I.xviii.l. 1559 edition. See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica12 (1981): 73
[3] Calvin, John. Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God (tr. J. K. S. Reid) (London, 1961)175f. (OC 8.358) See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 73
[4] Calvin, John. Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God 177 (OC 8.360) (‘summam et praecipuam rerum omnium causam’). Cf. Inst. I.xviii.2 (1559). See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica12 (1981): 73
[5] Calvin, John. Commentary on Is. 10:15. See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica12 (1981): 73
[6] Calvin, John. Inst. III.xxiii.8. See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 73
[7] Calvin, John. Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, 124 (OC 8.316). See A.N.S. Lane, “Did Calvin Believe in Freewill?” Vox Evangelica 12 (1981): 73)
[8] Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2008), 1.18.1 and 3:136, 138-39
[9] Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Ch. 16, Sect. 4
[10]Calvin, John. Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, pp.171-172
[11] White, James. http://turretinfan.blogspot.com/2011/08/why-it-is-important-to-go-back-to.html
[12] White, James. www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=4324
[13] Cheung, Vincent. “Problem of Evil,”http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/ProblemEvil.htm (March, 2013)
[14] Cheung, Vincent. “Problem of Evil,”http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/ProblemEvil.htm (March, 2013)
[15] Piper, John. Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 44
[17] Piper, John. Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 24
[18] Packer. J.I, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1961), 19-23.
[19] Sproul, R.C. Jr. Almighty Over All (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1999), 54
[20] Palmer, Edwin. H. The Five Points of Calvinism, 24-25
[21] Shedd, W.G.T. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed, 32-33, 38-39http://www.archive.org/stream/calvinismpuremix00shed#page/32/mode/2up
[22] Shedd, W.G.T. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed, 32-33http://www.archive.org/stream/calvinismpuremix00shed#page/34/mode/2up
[23] Clark, Gordan. Religion, Reason, and Revelation, (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian & Reformed), 1961, 221
[24] Clark, Gordan. Predestination. (The Trinity Foundation), 1987. 18
[25] Pink, A.W. The Sovereignty of God, 2009, 162
[26] Frame, John. “Scientia Media,” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd ed., ed. Walter A. Elwell. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001), 1075.
[27] On The Decrees, b1 C. 111, p. 104
[28] Objections to Calvinism as it is by R.S. Foster, p. 267.
[29] Ibid, p. 266.

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3 Responses to Reformed Theology – Doctrine of Demons

  1. mike and brandy says:

    right on. powerful article. too bad the ‘new Calvinists’ of today will deny all this and cry ‘Antinomy’
    -mike

  2. mike and brandy says:

    Reblogged this on My Omer of Manna and commented:
    Great article on why Calvinism is the Worst Theology within ‘Christian’ circles. It stretches the limits of that distinction, maligns the Dignity and Love of God and makes Him into the Greatest Monster in the Universe. If you are in a church that stresses the “Doctrines of Grace” or “Reformed Theology” or even lightly refers to any of these teachers, theologians or pastors… Indeed, Run For Your Lives!! -mike

  3. Many flock to these preachers of sin, they love them because its the sin they love, and the not of works false gospel, good study Sandra.

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