“Let us now consider some of the properties of the Divine decrees.  First, they are eternal.  To suppose any of them to be made in time is to suppose that some new occasion has occurred; some unforeseen event or combination of circumstances has arisen, which has induced the Most High to form a new resolution.  This would argue that the knowledge of the Deity is limited, and that He is growing wiser in the progress of time–which would be horrible blasphemy.  No man who believes that the Divine understanding is infinite, comprehending the past, the present, and the future, will ever assent to the erroneous doctrine of temporal decrees.  God is not ignorant of future events which will be executed by human volitions; He has foretold them in innumerable instances, and prophecy is but the manifestation of his eternal prescience.”

 

(Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God, “The Decrees of God,” Chpt. 2, p 14, first printing 1930, Baker 1985)

The Erroneous Doctrine of Temporal Decrees

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