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15 Logical Conclusions

In case that which has been presented is not yet sufficient to prove the error of Calvinism, consider a few logical syllogisms. If you ask a Calvinist if sin is a part of God’s plan, he must say, “Yes.” God is absolutely sovereign which means nothing can occur which is outside of God’s plan, so sin must be a part of God’s plan.

 

If you ask a Calvinist if God is angry and grieved with sin, he must say, “Yes.” Psalm 7:11 and Genesis 6:5–6 substantiate this position.

 

When combined, these two premises lead to an obvious and necessary conclusion. If sin is a part of God’s plan, and if God is angry and grieved with sin, then God is angry and grieved with His own plan.

  • Sin is a part of God’s plan
  • God is angry and grieved with sin
  • Therefore, God is angry and grieved with His own plan

This syllogism is logically sound. The first two premises are affirmed by the Calvinist. Nevertheless, he refuses to affirm the conclusion. How can he? It is contradictory for him to say that God wills and decrees all things according to the good pleasure of His will and to also say that God is angry and grieved by this same will.

 

Consider another syllogism regarding the Calvinist claim that God foreordained man to fall into wickedness. Revelation 4:11 says that we were created for God’s pleasure, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Further, God takes no pleasure in wickedness. God loves righteousness and hates wickedness (Prov. 6:16; Isa. 61:8; Zech. 8:17; Heb. 1:8-9).

 

If mankind was created for the pleasure of God, and if God has no pleasure in wickedness, then man was not created to fall into wickedness.

  • Mankind was created for the pleasure of God
  • God has no pleasure in wickedness
  • Therefore, mankind was not created to fall into wickedness

 

Continuing this thought, we were created for the pleasure of God (Rev. 4:11), and we know that God is pleased when men live holy lives (1 Thess. 4:1; Heb. 13:16; 1 John 3:22). These premises are firmly rooted in Scripture. If we were created for the pleasure of God, and if God is pleased when men live holy lives, then mankind was created to live holy lives. God decreed that man should live holy lives. God did not decree that man should fall into sin.

  • Man was created for the pleasure of God
  • God is pleased when men live holy lives
  • Therefore, mankind was created to live holy lives

 

Finally, let us consider one more logical syllogism. Martin Luther says, “This is the highest degree of faith—to believe that He is merciful, the very One who saves so few and damns so many. To believe that He is just, the One who according to His own will, makes us necessarily damnable, that he may seem, as Erasmus says, ‘to delight in the torments of the miserable, and to be an object of hatred rather than of love.’”[1]

 

Does God create men to be damned? Mankind was created for the pleasure of God (Rev. 4:11). In Ezekiel 33:11, we read that God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways …” If mankind was created for the pleasure of God, and if God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, then mankind was not created to be damned. God does not create anyone to be damnable.

  • Man was created for the pleasure of God
  • God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked
  • Therefore, mankind was not created to be damned

 

According to these syllogisms, if God’s will is always done, then sin would never exist, and no man would ever be damned to hell. The fact that sin does exist and sinners are damned is proof that God’s will can be resisted by man and that man does possess a free will.

 


  1. Luther, The Bondage of the Will, 30.

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