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4 8 The A f kte this or that finne, and fo to efcape condem- nation. The Fathers , when they confider that the wills 'of mennot-ele ted do com- mit all their evil as freely, ufually fay, that they had a power to have done the contrary : But when they confider the in- fallible certainty of their irnpietie and in- fidelity, then many times they pronounce it a thing impoiiible that they thould un- feignedly repent, perfeverantly believe, and finally attein falvation Of which man ner of phrafe of fpeech we have frequent examples in Scripture,Fathers, Schoolmen, and all kindof Authours. He that embraceth the opinion of the orthodoxFathers, cannot hold Predeílina- tion to be grounded upon the previfion of perfeverant faith, fince theyconfci%Perfe- verance to bean eñeet of Elehion; nor the decree of negative Reprobation to be grounded upon forefight of infidelitie, fince' Infidelity is a confequent thereof. 1. Reafas uNVVIL- livtgneffe to be tried. Treatife. IL ItsUnvvillingneff'e to abide the trial']. I find that the authours and abettours of it have beenverybackward tobring it to the flandares not onclywhen they have been called upon by their adverfaries to have it weighed, but allo when they have been entreated thereto by their chief Magiftraces, who might havecompelled them : A íhrewd argument (me thinks) that it is too light. In the difputation at Nlompelgart, Anno 1586. held be- tween 13cu and Jacobus Andrexÿvvithfore Cecottds on both