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Ten Things You Should Know about the Sovereignty of God

July 31, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 10 Comments

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Catherine Connelly

Aug 3, 2017

Patton's Weather Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PehCORojjtw

Edna Davidsen

Aug 2, 2017

Hi Sam

I highly appreciated The Things You Should Know About The Sovereignty of God. It had my attention from the first line because as you rightly say, few topics are more controversial among Christians than this topic.

The ten things you mention we all should know added value to my understanding of this topic. Especially number 3,7, 8 since I had not thought about these before as you describe them. I believe as you, that God can put a halt on destructive forces. God is aware of everything that'll happen to us long before we experience things ourselves.

My favourite part of this list-post was number 7. It's really a key to understanding God's way to realise the compatibilism that'll make sense of the moral choice even in a world where God's exists.

Many thanks for sharing this lovely post.

In appreciation,
Edna Davidsen

Pal

Aug 2, 2017

Dear Doug Sayers,
I think we can never justify from the Bible the so-called (God-given) human power of contrary choice for God always told humans what to do and He never let open the question of obedience.
In the case of Adam, he was told clearly what he should or should not do. Anything else was not a choice but rebellion. The choice God gave him was the fruits of all the other trees.
In the case of Israel, the nation was told what to do: to obey the law for their lives. If not, they will reap the consequence of their disobedience, that is, death. In Deut 30 God told Israel clearly what to do, and He never gave them freedom to choose death, even though both life and death was put before them, just as in the case of Adam.
In the case of Joshua, Israel was told to obey God faithfully. However, if Israel is not pleased to do that, then he can choose other gods. But the choice is not between God and idols. God is not simply a choice for man but a command (i.e. both).
Pal from Transylvania.

Philip Gibson

Aug 2, 2017

Very helpful article. Where did the Piper quote come from?

RICK LAPWORTH

Aug 1, 2017

I wanted to leave this comment under a thread on amillennialial views. In your book Kingdom Come, p. 348, you summarize with the OT "land promises" are about in their fulfillment in the Final State of the New Earth. I've always thought this too, because Jesus says "the meek shall inherit the earth" a repeat of the promise in Ps 37:11. In the OT the "land" was Canaan because the covenant was nationalistic (though open to all by faith). In the NT the promises are to the Church (the fulfillment of Israel) and the land is the entire planet. Your book is SO HELPFUL and really has confirmed what the Word and Spirit have been whispering to me as I've thought through my eschatology over the last 20 years. May the Lord continue to illumine His Word to your spirit and mind!!!!

Sam Storms

Aug 1, 2017

Carol, your question is a good one and can only be answered (in my opinion) by recognizing in Scripture two senses in which God may be said to "will" something. His preceptive or revealed or moral will is what we see in Scripture. This is what God says "should" occur or "should not occur." In this sense it is most definitely not God's "will" that anyone abort their unborn child. God hates abortion. This is the "will" of God that we are responsible to obey. There is also the secret, sovereign, decretive "will" of God. This is what God has ordained "will" happen. Often what God has commanded "should not" happen (his revealed will) is different from what God has sovereignly ordained "will" happen (his decretive will). In other words, sometimes God is pleased to ordain his own displeasure. Read Acts 4 to see how this works out in the death of Jesus. God has commanded that we not perjure ourselves or kill a righteous person. That is his revealed or preceptive will. But he clearly has ordained that Herod, Pontius Pilate, and others should gather in Jerusalem and crucify Jesus. It was "against" his "revealed will" that Jesus be crucified, but it was according to his "sovereign will" that he be crucified. Yes, this is a mystery, but it seems to me to be precisely what Scripture says.

Nicholas Vafiades

Aug 1, 2017

Excellent, Dr. Storms! I, like you, consider myself a charismatic, continuationist Calvinist (and amillenial!), so I have appreciated your ministry and this website very much. Have read a number of your books, and so far THE SINGING GOD is my favorite! God bless you!

Carol Longdon

Aug 1, 2017

In a conversation with a friend we disagreed that abortion in America is God's sovereign will. I said God allows abortion to continue but I do not believe it is God's will. My friend says it is God's will. My question is "Is abortion in America God's will?"

Adam R.

Aug 1, 2017

Hi Sam, I found this helpful but not mind blowing since I fully embrace the complete sovereignty of God. I was hoping you would address another aspect of God's sovereignty with respect to whether God "causes" all things. I'm clear that God is not the author of sin nor does He tempt man to sin. I see a lot of examples above (natural and moral) that God could stop if he wanted to. But my question is, when do we say God "caused" vs. God "allowed"?

Thanks for you insight on this and many other theological topics.

doug sayers

Jul 31, 2017

Thanks Sam. It is good to tackle these questions often (in times of trial and blessing )but we must keep our equilibrium and recognize that that although God can over ride our choices any time He chooses - He is not bound to; in fact He reserves the right to restrain His power to manipulate our decisions and delegate to us the power of contrary choice, especially in moral issues.

Tozer said it well: “God sovereignly decreed that man should be free to exercise moral choice, and man from the beginning has fulfilled that decree by making his choice between good and evil. When he chooses to do evil, he does not thereby countervail the sovereign will of God but fulfills it, inasmuch as the eternal decree decided not which choice the man should make but that he should be free to make it. If in His absolute freedom God has willed to give man limited freedom, who is there to stay His hand or say, ‘What doest thou?’ Man’s will is free because God is sovereign. A God less than sovereign could not bestow moral freedom upon His creatures. He would be afraid to do so.” – A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God

Glad to see you use the term "permission" regarding Satan's attacks on Job. Calvin refused to use the term but should have.

Just say no to: Que sera, sera AND untethered human autonomy!

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