Thomas Paine Addresses Calvinist Clergy on Predestination



PREDESTINATION


REMARKS ON ROMANS, IX, 18-21


Addressed to the Ministers of the Calvinistic Church


Paul, in speaking of God, says, "Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth. Thou wilt say, why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will? Nay, but who art thou, O man, that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor?"