Archive for November 14th, 2010

When we ordain sinful actions to occur (proceeding from ourselves), we do so opposing the glory of God and so we are morally culpable for our sin.

When God ordains sinful actions to occur (proceeding from responsible agents), he does so for the advancement of his glory and so in this way he does not sin.


Joseph’s brothers sinned when they sold him to be a slave in Egypt – they rejected God’s purpose for Joseph.

God did not sin when he ordained Joseph’s brothers to sell Joseph as a slave because he was not acting in opposition to his glory but rather advancing his glory by using human moral failure (the brothers’ sin) and weakness  (Joseph in prison) as the means to save his people from death.

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