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ARMINIANISM.

63

Yet

here obferve,

that

we do not abfelutely

cppolè

Freewill,

as

if

it

were

names inane,

a meer figment, when there

is

no fuck

thing

in

the world

:

but only

ha

that

fenfe

the

Pe!

giant

and Armimans

do

atèrt

it. About

words we will not contend, we

grantman

in

the

f

bftance

of

all

his

anions,

as

much,

power, liberty

and

freedom,

asa

meer

created nature

is

capable

of.

We

grant

him

to

be free in his choice, from

all

outward

coanioo, or

Lenard

natural neceftty,- to work

according

toele

&ion, and

deliberation,

fpontaneoufly embracing what feemeth good unto him. Now

call

this power, free

will,

or what you

pleafe,

fo

you make it not fupreme, independent,

and boundlefs,

ave

are

not at

all.

troubled.

The

impofition

of

names depends upon

the

difcretion

of

their

inventors. Again, even

in

fpiritual

things, we

deny

that

our wills are at all

debarred, or

deprived

of

their

proper liberty

;

but here

we fay

indeed,

that

we are

not

properly free, until the

fou

make

us

free, no great

ufe of

freedom,

in

that,

wherein

we

coas

do nothing at

all

:

we do not claim fuch

a

liberty,

as

lhould make

us

defpife

the

grace

of

God,

(a)

whereby

we may attain

true liberty indeed, which addeth to, but

taketh nothing from our original

freedom. But

of

this, after

I

have (hewed whatan

idol the

Armimans

make

of

free

-will

:

only take notice

in

the

enterance,

that

we

(peak

of it

now,

not

as

it

was

at

firft,

by

God created, but

as

it

is

now, by

fin

corrupted;

yet

being confsdered in

that

eftate alfo,

they

afcribe

more unto it, than

it

was

ever

capable

of. As

it

now

ftandeth, according to

my formerly propofed

method,

I

shall

thew,

F:'rft,

what inbred native

virtue rhèy.,fcribe

unto

it,

and with how abfolute a

dominion, andfovereignty, over

all

our

a

&ions,

they

endow

it.

Second.'y,

what power

they

fay

it

bath,

in

preparing

us

for

the

grace

of

God. Thirdly, how effe&uallyope-

rative it is,

in receiving

the

fait(

grace, and with how little

help

thereof,

it

accom

plifheth the

great work

of

our

converGon

:

all

briefly with fo many obfervations,

as

shall

fuffsce

to

difcover their proud errors

in

each particular.

(b)

Herein,

filth

Arminius,

confift

th

the liberty of the will,

that

all things

required

to

en-

able

it,

to will any

thing,

being accamplijhed,

it

fills remains indifferent

to will, or not.

And

all

of

them

at

the

fynod,

(c) There

,

fay

they,

accompanying the will

of

man,

an infepa-

cable property, which

we

call liberty,

from

whencethe mill

is termed

a

power:

which

when all

things

pre

-

required

as

neceffary

to

operation are fulfilled,may

will

any

thing, or not

will

it

:

that

is,

our free

-wills

have fach

an

abfolute,

and uncontroulable

power, in

the ter-

ritory

of

all

human

anions,

that

no influence

of

God's providence,

no

certainty

of

his

decree,

no unchangeablenefs

of

his

purpofe,

can

livay

it

at

all in

its free determinations,

or

have any power with his highnefs,

to

caufe him to

will,

or

refolve,

on any filch

-an

as

God

by

himintendeth to

produce.

Take

an

inftance, in

the

great

work

of

our con-

verton:

(d)

All

unregenerate men,

faith

Areainiuí,

have

by

virtue of their free

-will

a

power

of

refilling the

holy

fpirit,of relating

the

offered

grace

of

God,

of

contemning

the

counfel

of

God,

concerning

theAves:

of

refuting the Gofpel of

grace, of

not

opening

the heart,

to

him

that

knocketh.

What

a

flout idol

is

this, whom neither

the holy fpirit, the

grace, and

counfel

of

God, the

calling

of the

Gofpel,

the

knocking

at thedoor

of

the heart,

can

move

at all, or

in

the

leafs:

meafure prevail againft

him?

Woe

be

unto

us

then,

if

when

God

calls us,

our free

-will be

not

in good

temper, and

well difpofed

to hearken unto

him

:

for

it

feems,

there

is

no dealing

with

it,

by any

other

ways,

though powerful

and almighty.

For

(e) grant, faith

Corvine',

all the operations

of

grace,

which God can ufe

in

our cenverfion,

yet

cenverfion

remained, fo in

our own

free

power,

that

we

can

be

not

converted,

that

is,

we

eat, either

turn,

or

not

turfs

our

felves

:

where

the

idol plainly challengeth

the

Lord

to workhis utmoft

:

and

tells him,

that after

he

bath

fo

done, he will do what

he

pleafe

:

his infallible prefcience, his powerful

pre-determination, the moral

efficacy

of thë

Gofpel,

the

infufion

of

grace,

the

effe&ual

operation

of

the

holy fpirit ;

all

are

nothing

:

not all available in helping or furthering, our independent wills

its

them

proceedings.

Well then,

in what

eftate,

will you have

the

idolplaced?

(f)

In fuch

a

(a) Homo

non

libertate graham,

fed

gratia libertatem,

affeeqquitur,

Aqq.

(b) Libertas Arbitrii

ronfiftit

in

eo, quod homo, pofitis

omnibus

requiltis

ad volendum, indifferens tames

fit,

ad

volendnm

sel

nolendum hoc vel illud, Armin.

am

perpend.

fol.

ss.

(o)

Voluntatem comitatur proprietas

quadam infeparabilis, quam libertatem cocamos,

a

qua vóluntas

dicitur;

potentia

qua

poliitis

omnibus

pterequifitis ad

agendum necelfariis, poteR velle

&

nail, ass

vac

& non

relie,

Rem

in

*nod.

fan.

att.

(d)

Omnes

irregeniti

habeas

Lib. tarbit. &

potcntiam

Spiritui Sena, refiftendi: g

áám

Des

oblamm

repudiandi,

eonfilium

Dei

adverfus

fe

contemneadi, Evangelium

gratia

repudiarsdi, ei

qui

Forpslfat

ea,

aperiendo, Armin. artio.

perpend.

(e) Pofitis

omnibus

operationibus

gratin,

quibus

Deus

in

converGon, noftri usipofíiy manes [amen

convertoita

in noftra

poteftare libera,

ut pollmus

non

converti, hoc

eft,

nofinet ipfos

mnvertere, vel

non

cansertere,

Cor.

ad

Bog.

fol. 263.

(f)

Non

poteR

Deus Lib.

Arbit. integrum

fecvare,

nit

tam peccaré

hominem fineret, quam gene

agere,

Cor-

vin.

"ad Blolin. sop:

6,

one,