Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine
Chapter 51 [XX.]--Predestination Must Be Preached.
Wherefore, if both the apostles and the teachers of the Church who succeeded them and imitated them did both these things, -- that is, both truly preached the grace of God which is not given according to our merits, and inculcated by wholesome precepts a pious obedience, -- what is it which these people of our time think themselves rightly bound by the invincible force of truth to say, |Even if what is said of the predestination of God's benefits be true, yet it must not be preached to the people|? It must absolutely be preached, so that he who has ears to hear, may hear. And who has them if he has not received them from Him who says, |I will give them a heart to know me, and ears to hear?| Assuredly, he who has not received may reject; while, yet, he who receives may take and drink, may drink and live. For as piety must be preached, that, by him who has ears to hear, God may be rightly worshipped; modesty must be preached, that, by him who has ears to hear, no illicit act may be perpetrated by his fleshly nature; charity must be preached, that, by him who has ears to hear, God and his neighbours may be loved; -- so also must be preached such a predestination of God's benefits that he who has ears to hear may glory, not in himself, but in the Lord.