What's the right terminology here for when God's allowing something, but not blessing it? I once had it, but now I forgot. It's something about two different types of God's will. One is kind of "allowing" will, for example, in such things like earthquakes, in which children die, and the other one is a "good-pleasure" will, for example, in such things like preaching the gospel and saving people. So, what are the correct words here?
- Anybody can ask a question
- Anybody can answer
- The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
I think that's considered His passive will as opposed to His active will
There is no universally accepted terminology for this idea. While some circles have distinctions they make, the lines between them and the terminology are not ubiquitous. Whatever terms you use, you would do well to define what you mean by them as part of your own content.
That being said, the most common terms I have heard are Will of Decree and Will of Desire or Will of Command.
We life in the "now and not yet" period where it is not always clear to use how these two wills converge. To continue with our example, we know that God ordains the number of a man's days and that it would be impossible for a man to live longer or shorter than God wills for them, but that murder (which can be the physical cause of their "early" termination) is against God's will. In this sense his commands can be broken while not violating his sovereignty. There is an apparent tension between these that with our limited view of only the physical world we are unable to resolve.
A time will come when all that is wrong will be made right. This means that these two forms of "will" will eventually become one. When death is disposed and Jesus is given permanent reign over the new Jerusalem (we're talking about heaven here) then there will be no more murder (his desire will be decreed).
Just to add another version I have mostly heard: Sovereign Will and Moral Will
Here's a really good article for reference - http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/gods-moral-will-and-sovereign-will
In summary, God's sovereign will, will be accomplished and cannot be changed. His moral will consists of morals He has prescribed for us, but His moral will can be disobeyed. Such as it isn't God's moral will that we murder, but yet we do. But it is God's sovereign will that Jesus came and died for our sins, this couldn't have been changed.