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Edward Gibbon tells us, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, (D.M. Low abridgement page 290), as soon as the defeat of Licinius had invested Constantine with total dominion of the Roman world, he immediately, by circular letters, exhorted all his subjects to imitate, without delay, the example of their sovereign, and to embrace the divine truth of ...


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They could not argue against the legitimacy of the emperors of Rome because they believed the emperors were legitimate authorities. Christ Himself implied this when He said “give unto Cæsar that which is Cæsar’s,” or “thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above,” and also St. Paul when he said in the Epistle to the ...


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The only major church father to hold a view on predestination similar to that of the reformers was Augustine, and I'm not able to find in his works a specific reference to "foreknowledge" implying "forelove." However, he did believe that foreknowledge implied predestination: This is the predestination of the saints,—nothing else; to wit, the ...



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