To those who believe in the sovereign grace of God in salvation, there is a common accusation made by free will proponents. The accusation is that we believe that God is the author of sin. In other words, they believe that in such a scenerio, God would not just be the creator of sin, but the first one to actually commit it. They come to this conclusion because they believe if God had purposed sin before the foundations of the earth, then it logically follows that He is the One who initially committed it. And along with this comes charges that such a God would be a monster, etc.
Now, I have written about this subject in the past, and you may comb through the site to see what I have to say about this. I have been pretty open about it, but the intention of this particular post is not to answer their accusations directly. Rather, I just want to point out an inconsistency in their definition of the word “author.” To them, the word author means the creator, cause, or reason for sin. That is how they use it. “God is the ‘author’ of our sin” – He “made” us sin. But their definition isn’t consistent. Let’s check out Hebrews 12:1-2. I just want to point out a small phrase:
“1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [Hebrews 12:1-2]
Did you catch it? It’s right there in verse 2. Jesus is described as the “author” of our faith. And the writer of Hebrews is speaking to fellow Christians by the way. If we are to take the definition of the free will proponent, then we must conclude that Hebrews clearly shows that “Jesus is the ‘author’ of our faith” – He “made” us have faith. Certainly they wouldn’t agree to this, because (for them) faith is wrought from within the free will choice of man.
Well, this was just a small thought I had, and wanted to pass it along. Next time someone throws “You believe God is the author of sin!!!” in your face, have them explain Hebrews 12:2 to you.