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Where All Church Heresies Come From

The soul of man, by reason of the corruption of nature, is not only darkened with a mist of ignorance, whereby he is disenabled for the comprehending of divine truth, but is also armed with prejudice and opposition against some parts thereof, which are either most above or most contrary to some false principles which he hath framed unto himself.

As a desire of self-sufficiency was the first cause of this infirmity, so a conceit thereof is that wherewith he still languisheth; nothing doth he more contend for than an independency of any supreme power, which might either help, hinder, or control him in his actions. This is that bitter root from whence have sprung all those heresies and wretched contentions which have troubled the church, concerning the power of man in working his own happiness, and his exemption from the over-ruling providence of Almighty God.

~John Owen

from A Display of Arminianism, volume 10 of Works, page 11

One comment on “Where All Church Heresies Come From

  1. Reblogged this on Justification by Grace and commented:
    From my favorite volume of Owen’s work, Vol. 10.

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