Divine Decrees

The doctrine that all events in the natural and spiritual realms were sovereignly determined by God from all eternity. According to Reformed theologians, the divine decrees are, in fact, part of one plan that embraces all human acts whether good or evil. In regard to evil, God’s agency is said to be permissive. On this subject the Seventh-day Adventist position approximates that of Arminian theology ( see Arminianism ), in contradistinction to the Calvinist. SDA s believe that God decreed a holy, happy life for all His creatures, and that sin was never part of God’s sovereignly determined, eternal plan. The Reformed position, as John Wesley pointed out, brands God as responsible for the existence of sin, and produces antinomianism. “The doctrine of the divine decrees,” wrote Ellen ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.