A Strange Question: Who Said It?

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Predestination is not anything in the predestined; but only in the person who predestines. . . . As men are ordained to eternal life through the providence of God, it likewise is part of that providence to permit some to fall away from that end; this is called reprobation. Thus, as predestination is a part of providence, in regard to those ordained to eternal salvation, so reprobation is a part of providence in regard to those who turn aside from that end. Hence reprobation implies not only foreknowledge, but also something more, as does providence…. Therefore, as predestination includes the will to confer grace and glory; so also reprobation includes the will to permit a person to fall into sin, and to impose the punishment of damnation on account of that sin.

1. John Calvin

2. St. Augustine

3. Thomas Aquinas

4. Martin Luther

The answer is here.

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