William Ames on Divine Hatred in Reprobation

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37. Because of this setting apart whereby God does not bestow blessedness upon some persons, he is said to Hate them, Rom. 9:13. This hatred is negative or privative, because it denies election. But it has a positive content, for God has willed that some should not have eternal life.

38. In this is found, nevertheless, the second difference (in reason) between election and reprobation, namely, that the love in election bestows good on the creatures directly, but the hatred in reprobation only denies goodit does not bring or inflict evil because the creature himself deserves it.

William Ames, The Marrow of Theology (Durham, North Carolina: Labyrinth Press, 1983), 156.

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Fantastic little gem! Amazing how many people try and say that it’s God’s fault that Adam sinned. That’s like saying that if I tell my children not to play in the street, and they do it anyway, that it’s my fault if they get hit by a car.

Nite site you have here! Some really good info!

(And PS–I am actually a full 5-point Calvinist. I had the screen name for about 6 months before I figured out Irresistable Grace.)

September 12th, 2008 at 9:51 am

Hey fourpointer,

Thanks and welcome to the site. You are right, often folk press upon Calvinism that God causes sin etc.

Irresistible grace hey? Thanks for the clarification. When I saw your blog, my little wee heart leaped for joy.

September 12th, 2008 at 10:12 am

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