These statements by God cannot be reconciled with Calvinism. As is pointed out by this author, if
Calvinism is true, then not only did this behavior come into His
mind, but it came into no one else's mind, because He ordained these
events as the sole freely willing agent in history:
"But if God has, by an express decree, ordained
whatsoever shall come to pass, he has ordained. . .that Cain should
murder his brother; that the old world should be immersed in
sin and sensuality, and then be drowned. . .also that the Israelites
should murmur, tempt God, commit fornication in the wilderness, and
their carcasses should then fall; in like manner, after they were
settled in the promised land, that hey should fall in with the
various abominations, such as burning their children to Moloch, use
enchantments, witchcrafts, and every other abomination which we find
them charged with." (Thomas Taylor, A Solemn Caution Against the Ten
Horns of Calvinism, Kindle location 66).
"[N]or did it come into My mind" doesn't mean that He is unaware of what these people are doing,
either while they are doing it, or after they have done it, or
indeed even centuries prior. No, He means this is nothing He willed
or intended. Therefore He is not the sole willing, choosing agent.
Man-made theories which leave Him as such must accordingly be
Blot Me Out
"Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin — ; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." (Exodus
The vehemence of John Calvin's protest startles:
“By 'the book,' in which God is said to have written His
elect, must be understood, metaphorically, His decree. But the
expression which Moses uses, asking to be blotted out of the
number of the pious, is an incorrect one, since it cannot be that
one who has been once elected should be ever reprobated; and
those lunatics who, on this ground, overturn, as far as they can,
that prime article of our faith concerning God’s eternal
predestination, thereby demonstrate their malice no less than their
ignorance.” (John Calvin, Harmony of the Law, Volume 3, Four Last
Books of Moses, Return to the History, pp. 266-267).
The reader will notice, this arrogant man is not just correcting Moses, who he correctly realizes
is not using these words in Calvin's strained sense, but God Himself, who takes up the same expression.
What else in the Bible does he dismiss as "incorrect"?
Most of those who accept this recondite, man-made philosophy are
in no sense any sort of menace to society, or threat to the church.
But there are exceptions. One popular modern Calvinist author who is surprising
well-accepted by his colleagues is Douglas Wilson. Some time ago he
and a collaborator, affiliated with the secessionist League of the
South, wrote a pamphlet singing the praises of Southern slavery.
After the controversy kicked off by that publication had died down,
Douglas Wilson sought to re-ignite it by a publishing a book called
'Black and Tan,' a disorganized and meandering account of the
original pamphlet, reactions to it, and such non-retraction
retractions as seem prudent. This author identifies himself as a 'paleo-Confederate'
and describes the South as a 'nation:'