03 August, 2017

Zacharias Ursinus Quotes

Here is a list of quotes from the writings of Zacharias Ursinus (1534 – 1583) that either do not fit with, or out-rightly contradict central tenets of the theory of “common grace” and the “well-meant gospel offer.”

[N.B. These quotes are not intended to imply, however, that this theologian never made erroneous statements on this subject or that all his writings were always entirely consistent on these points.

1. Against the theory of Common Grace

[T]emporal blessings are bestowed upon the godly for their salvation, and are therefore evidences of God’s favor towards them; whilst they are conferred upon the ungodly partly that they may be rendered inexcusable, inasmuch as they have been in this way called to repentance, and partly that the godly and the elect, who are mixed with them, may enjoy these things.

(Source: Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, trans. G. W. Williard [1616; Ohio, 1852], p. 577.)

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