Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism?
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Melkite, are you a Pelagian? DO you follow the Views of Either Pelagius or Coelestius?

Are You Semi-Pelagian? DO you follow the errors first put forth by St. John Cassian and St. Vincent of Lerins?

Do you accept the second Synod of Orange which condemned both pelagianism and semi-pelagianism and which was universally accepted in the west?

Perhaps you should read what the Council Fathers, who were fathers of the church had to say.

This is the main point:

Man cannot desire God unless the grace of God first comes to him.
Man cannot be saved unless man perseveres.
But perseverance is a particular gift.
God does not give all the grace of perseverance.
Without the Gift of Perseverance, none will be saved.
God foreknows from all eternity whom he will give his gifts to, and he has elected to give these gifts to some, and not to others.
Therefore, there are some who are elected to righteousness, and there are some who are elected to reprobation.

Calvin was condemned for teaching UNCONDITIONAL election to reprobation. Conditional election to reprobation is Catholic, i.e. God foresees all who will refuse his grace and sin mortally, and therefore who are destined for hell. Because of his FOREKNOWLEDGE which is infallible, the reprobate are CONDITIONALLY predestined to hell.
This should come as no surprise: Since God is outside time, those of us who will persevere are already with him anyway. But we need to ratify this IN time, Hence St. Paul; "Make every attempt to make your calling and election sure."
Those who are given the gift of perseverance will infallibly persevere, and those who God chose FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH to give this gift to, WITHOUT consideration of future merits are the elect. They alone will be saved.
This is just, because God is under no obligation to save anyone, and his just would be manifest by letting us, the mass of perdition, cast ourselves into hell. It is what we deserve. But he chooses to show forth his mercy by saving some, and not saving others to show forth his justice.

This is what St. Paul taught in all of Romans 9.

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Re: Can we extricate ourselves from Molinism? - by Gregory I - 07-21-2011, 12:39 AM



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