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Random Selections: Free Will (Augustus Toplady, James Ussher)


This random selection (odd page, final paragraph) is from Historic Proof of the Doctrinal Calvinism of the Church of England by Augustus Toplady.

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Archbishop Usher, in his History of the Predestinarian Controversy, already referred to so often, cites some of Pelagius’s propositions, together with Beda’s refutations of them, in the very words of each writer. The following extract will enable the reader to form an exact judgment of Beda’s Calvinism.

“Whereas Pelagius says, that we are not impelled to evil by the corruption of our nature, seeing we do neither good nor evil without the compliance of our own will; he herein contradicts the apostle, who affirms, “I know, that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing.” Rom. vii.—Moreover, when Pelagius asserts that we are at liberty to do one thing always” [i. e. to do always what is good, if it be not our own faults,] “seeing we are always able to do both one and the other,” [i. e. in Pelagius’s opinion, free-will has a power of indifference to good or evil ; to either of which it sovereignly inclines, according to its own independent determination: to this Beda replies] “He herein contradicts the prophet, who humbly addressing himself to God, saith, I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not his own ; it is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps: Jer. x. 23. Nay, Pelagius maketh himself greater than the apostle, who said, With my mind I myself serve the law of God, but with my flesh the law of sin.” Rom. vii. 25.

The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady (Sprinkle Publications, 1987), 99–100.



Posted 2019·04·29 by David Kjos
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