Calvinism teaches that God has foreordained all things that come to pass. They base this on supposition that if God does not "ordain", or "cause" ALL THINGS, then He cannot be God. This of course is grave error, as we cannot believe this without saying that God also "ordains" the sins of man! Indeed, Wayne Grudem says, "We have to come to the point where we confess that we do not understand how it is that God can ordain that we carry out evil deeds and yet hold us accountable for them and not be blamed Himself" Wow!!! "Ordain" means that God "causes" us to carry out evil deeds! However, though God "ordains" us to do evil, which must include sin, yet, after we have done the evil deed, God holds us responsible for doing them!!! This is completely against what the Word of God teaches, as it does make God the author of our sinful actions! Further, if our evil actions are something that is controlled by an outside force, then surely they cannot be said to be our actions at all, as they do not originate with us. Then we cannot be accountable for our sinfil lives! Dr J Gresham Machen says something similar to what Grudem says. "When God causes the bringing to pass of the evil actions of man, He does that in still a different way. He does not tempt men to sin; He does not influence them to sin. But He causes the bringing to pass of those deeds by the by the free and responsible choices of personal beings. He has created those beings with the awful gift of freedom of choice. The things that they do in exercise of that gift are their acts. They do not, indeed, surprise God by doing of them; their doing of them is part of His eternal plan: yet in doing of them they, and not the holy God, are responsible" (The Christian View of Man, page 44). Here we read that man does have a free will, but as I understand it, Calvinism teaches that man does not have a free will! Now, Machen says that our evil deeds are "part of His eternal plan". Does this then mean that God has from eternity past "planned" that people comit adultery, murder, steal, become homosexual? If our evil actions are predetermined by God Himself, it would be unjust for Him to punish us for doing things that were outside of our control. In fact, forgetting the language used by Grudem and Machen, in making God exempt from His own plans, it actually makes God responsible! This is all blasphemy!