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Does God Control the Minds of Man? – by Gordon H. Clark

gordon-haddon-clark“It is however a specific assertion that God controls men’s thoughts. Proverbs 21:1 says “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord s the river of water: He turns it whithersoever He will.”


This verse states the general principle, and a particular example is found in Ezra 7:6, “And the king [of Persia] granted him [Ezra] all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”God controls all governmental policies and decisions. Not only did God cause Pharaoh to hate the Israelites, he caused Cyrus to send the captives back to build Jerusalem. He also caused Adolph Hitler to march into Russia, and he caused Lyndon Johnson to escalate a war in Vietnam. God turns the minds of a ruler in whatever direction he wants. If now we have hesitated to say that Proverbs 16:1 asserts that God controls a man’s thoughts as well as his speech, Proverbs 21:1 says so clearly. God controls the thoughts, plans, and decisions of men. Gordon H. Clark – book “Predestination”

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