No, as Calvin makes excessively clear in his A BRIEF REPLY, INTENDED TO REFUTE THE CALUMNIES OF A CERTAIN WORTHLESS PERSON, BY WHICH HE ENDEAVOURED TO POLLUTE THE DOCTRINE OF THE ETERNAL PREDESTINATION OF GOD.
THERE has been cast in my way the silly script of a certain worthless mortal, who, with all his vileness, boasts of being a defender and avenger of the glory of God by waging war against the Divine principle, and doctrine,—‘that the world is so governed by God, that nothing is done therein but by his secret counsel and decree.’
Meanwhile, this miserable being, sees not, that when he is catching at fallacious pretences of clearing the justice of God from imputation, he is all the while utterly subverting his power: all which is, as it were, attempting to rend in pieces God himself. But to give a colour to his profanity; he prefaces his undertaking, not less wickedly than maliciously, with the remark,—‘that God is not the cause of evil, nor wills sin.’ As if, when we claim for God the supremacy of all rule, we assert, that He is the author of sin!
Now it is evident, that JOHN CALVIN is attacked by this sentence. But it is well known, that JOHN CALVIN is too far removed from the blasphemy, with which this worthless being would charge him, to need any lengthened protection of himself, from its malignity.
JOHN CALVIN constantly declares aloud, throughout his writings, wherever sin is the subject of discussion, that the name of God is not to be mingled or mentioned with sin: because, nothing is consistent with the character of God, but rectitude and equity. How foul, then, is the calumny, to involve a man, so long deserving well of the Church of God, in the crime of making God the author of sin!
The OBJECT of this malicious calumny does indeed affirm, throughout his publications, that nothing is done but by the WILL OF GOD! But he at the same time asserts, that those things which are done wickedly by men, are so overruled by the secret counsel of God, that that counsel hath no connexion whatever with the sinfulness of men.
Not only is the title catchy, the content is clear. Those who accuse Calvin of attributing sin to God are simply misrepresenting him. Intentionally, or out of ignorance: either way, misrepresentation is misrepresentation.
[NB- I think next time I review some piece of rubbish I’ll begin with the line THERE has been cast in my way the silly script of a certain worthless mortal… That’s a delightful opening!]