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Erasmus Sarcerius on Conditional Predestination

May 15, 2009


Of Predestination there may be two parts. The one is called Predestination of alligation[?], and the other Predestination of condition, according to the division of Augustine in his book of Predestination. Alligation is the necessity of things present, as when a thing is seen to be present by God’s foresight, that same must needs be, although it has no necessity of Nature: as that all men be mortal, it is necessary, God so providing. Predestination of condition, is: As if Adam eat of this Apple, he shall die. If Israel shall walk in the way of the Lord, and shall keep his commandments, he shall be saved. If thou receives the Gospel, and stick fast thereunto to the end of life, thou shall be saved. But if thou receive it not, thou shall be damned.

In this part of Predestination we ought to comfort our conscience, when we be vexed with the judgment of reason, contrary to the universal promise of the Gospel. But of these parts we shall speak more in the title of contingence or chance, which chance because of the fathers of the church would not take away, they seem to have invented the foresaid parts.

Erasmus Sarcerius, Common Places of Scripture, trans., Richard Tauerner (Imprinted at London by Nycolas Nyll for Abraham Vele, dwelling in Pauls church yarde at the signe of the Lambe, 1553), folio xiia. [Some reformatting, some spelling modernized; marginal side-headers  not included; and underlining mine.]

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