Quoting freely from Calvin, his major influence in this work, Knox lays low the heresy that man plays any part in his own salvation. This heresy, of man's pretended ability to save himself (in any way), is at the root of all defection from the sovereign God of Scripture and is rampant today! As Kevin Reed notes, in refuting this Anabaptist, Knox unequivocally states,
'For with the Pelagians and papists, you have become teachers of free will, and defenders of your own justice,' clearly recognizing that, 'the defence of man's free will, to do good and avoid evil,' is 'the damned heresy of Pelagius' (Kevin Reed, John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, only available on the new PHP CD [http://www.swrb.com/catalog/R.htm], pp. 219-20).
Knox here shows how God is not the author of sin, though He foreordains whatsoever comes to pass. This book is found on volume 5 of Knox's 6 volume Works, which are on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
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Educated in Glasgow and possibly at St. Andrews, Knox received minor orders, set up as a notary in Haddington, and then became a private tutor, c. 1544. Soon afterwards he embraced the principles of the Reformation. After being taken prisoner by the French during their attack on...