While We Were Sinners

Not wanting to accept the classical, Augustinian view of Predestination, those of the Semi-Pelagic view say that predestination is God seeing into the future and choosing a man based on that man’s future acceptance or declination of God’s gift of salvation. Semi-Pelagians say that God looks into the future and bases His predestining choice on man’s choice. But Paul explicitly condemns this heresy in Romans 5:6-11 (among other, numerous places in his letters). “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” If God based His predestining on our future, independent actions, we would all be damned, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

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