Why The Reformers Liked Predestination

I have often wondered why the Reformers (Calvin, Luther, etc) were so big into predestination. Maybe I’m dense, but I’ve just figured it out. It’s because of the Catholic doctrine of salvation.

Here is a quote from Austin Flannery in a book he wrote on Vatican II:

“Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward towards his goal by freely choosing what is good, and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end.”

Sounds an awful lot like Arminianism! Catholic doctrine teaches that man saves himself through all his works or works others do for him, it’s his choice to do it. The Reformers would find this troubling in light of their “discovery” that salvation is by faith.

So that’s nice, now I can sleep at night.

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