IMPORTANT SUBJECTS - SERMON XI. REPROBATION paragraph 48 Jeremiah, 6:30.--"Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the lord hath rejected them."

It has always been found convenient, by the opposers of election and reprobation, to represent them as partial. If by partial be meant that some are elected and not others, that some are reprobated and not others; in other words, that a part of mankind only are elected or reprobated; I have no objections to the term. But if by partial we are to understand any undue favor towards one, or want of favor to the other; if by partiality be meant that God reprobated some rather than others, on account of any prejudice, or improper bias against them, or on account of any particular dislike which he felt towards them more than towards the elect; if this be what is meant by a partial reprobation, I utterly deny it, and maintain that reprobation is entirely impartial. That it is an impartial act that takes into view all the circumstances of the case, and acts for the general good without any undue bias in favor or against any one. I have already endeavored to show the reasons for reprobating sinners relate entirely to their own wickedness, and the public interest; the public interest requiring their reprobation and damnation, because they refuse to obey God.




Lecture XI. Election and Reprobation



THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST 1852 paragraph 521 521 Lecture XI. Election and Reprobation ...

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THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST 1852 paragraph 522 521 Lecture XI. Election and Reprobation ...

Election and Reprobation
Lecture XI
November 24, 1852



THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST 1852 paragraph 527 521 Lecture XI. Election and Reprobation ...

From these texts you will perceive that I have chosen for my subject ELECTION AND REPROBATION. In discussing it, I propose

I. To define the terms.



THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST 1852 paragraph 531 521 Lecture XI. Election and Reprobation ...

First of all, let me admonish you not to be frightened at the terms, Election and Reprobation. They are Bible terms, and therefore need not alarm any but those who contend against the truth. They are Bible terms, yet have been greatly abused, so that my first business must be to define them, and then in my subsequent remarks, to illustrate them, in order to remove the stumbling-blocks occasioned by their abuse.



SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (1851), LECTURE 74 - Election paragraph 117

     This objection proceeds upon the assumption, that election must be unconditional to be election at all. That election must be so defined, as to be the cause of the difference in the eternal state of the elect and non-elect. But I see not why election may not be conditionated upon the foreseen fact, that the wisest possible administration of moral government would secure the free concurrence of some, and not of others. What could be wisely done being foreseen, the purpose that so it should be done would be election. No man has a right to define the terms election and reprobation in such a sense, as to exclude all conditions, and then insist that conditional election is no election at all.



SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (1851), LECTURE 75 - Reprobation paragraph 122

     (2.) The proper statement, explanation, and defence of the doctrines of election and reprobation, are important to a proper understanding of the nature and attributes of God.