Francis Turretin: Does God have the ability to lie?

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This subject came up during a discussion of biblical inerrancy in the Theology Ireland lecture by Mark Thompson (of Moore Theological College, Sydney) that I attended last night:

XXV. This proposition that God can deceive if he will (although he neither will nor can will it), by whatever interpretation softened, is deservedly rejected as crude and dangerous. Yea it is openly repugnant also to the truth delivered in Scripture concerning God. For if God can deceive, he can also lie and sin if he so willed (which is opposed to his most perfect truth and holiness). For a long time, this concept was condemned therefore as blasphemous among the Scholastics. ...

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