I was speaking on the phone this week with World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah, a man I respect quite a bit. Joseph told me that I’m “splitting hairs” when I say that God never allows sin. Joseph sees little reason to discuss the issue. I see a lot of reason to discuss it because I’m fairly passionate about this subject.
So Why Is It Important?
Many times in churches I’ve been in, I’ll sit there and hear the trite phrase, “God allowed that bad thing to happen.” What Bible says that God allows sin?
God rejects sin. All sin. Every sin. God hates sin. God rejects future sin. He rejects past sin. He would never allow one sin.
So my position is that God never allows any sin but that He rejects all sins.
The reason my position is vital is two-fold:
- The Bible only supports God’s utter rejection of sin.
- A growing number in Christendom today actually state that God not only allows sin but that he decreed every sin that has and will even happen because He is sovereign. Wow. I’m shocked that One True sovereign God doesn’t strike them dead for saying that. He is far more patient than I would be.
The Fact God Doesn’t Stop Sin in No Way Implies that He Allows Sin!
This is my critical position. People make huge leaps when they say that God allows every one of the 3,500 babies to be murdered in the United States every day. God rejects the murder of the most innocent! If you say that He allows the murder of the most innocent then I suggest that you are dangerously close to giving God the attribute of an accomplice to murder.
Does God, in His sovereign being, decree every sin that will ever happen for His glory? Many today say that is true! This is the slippery slope one heads toward when one says “God allows sin.” No! God rejects sin.
A vast number of Christians today say:
“God causes sin for His glory.” The Bible is full of verses such as this one: “Then Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the LORD and [Jeroboam] made them commit a great sin.” (2 Kings 17:21)
Hmmm… God’s own inspired Words say that Jeroboam made Israel sin (I’m sure they helped) and not God. Hmmm…
Many Christians Today: Zero
The Bible: 1
Job and Peter
Joseph Farah also brought up the example of Job as being an instance where God allowed sin. I offered Peter as being virtually an identical example. Both my friend and I agree that God allowed Satan to test and sift Job and Peter. But doing that was not God allowing sin. God gave His permission for Satan to test and sift those two people. God rejects all sin so He would not have given Satan permission if doing so would be approving a sin.
Go And Sin No More
I firmly believe that you are committing an unintentional sin if you ever state the trite lie that “God allows sin.”
And I state without hesitation that God would never allow you to say such a thing.