It is true that your theory, manifestly includes the very doctrine which is stated in that allegation. Therefore, in that accusation, no sentiment contrary to your opinion and doctrine is attributed to you. It is also true, that the allegation contains no offense. For the Scripture in plain terms declares that |Many are called, but few are chosen| (Matt. xxii.14).
|Fear not, little flock| (Luke xii.32). In your reply, you show most clearly that nothing false is charged upon your theory, in that allegation. I do not, indeed, think that there is any one who can object, on this account, to that theory. For even all heretics, with whom we have become acquainted, think that the elect are few; many of them, and, I would dare to say, all of them, believe that |the few are known to God, and so definitely, that the number can be neither increased nor diminished, and they, who are numbered, can not be varied.| But they offer another explanation of the term election, contrary to, or at least different from your idea. You ought, then, to have presented this allegation, not in such terms, that it could be made against you only by a foolish opponent -- but as it would be stated by those who are opposed to your view. For they do not object to your theory, because you say that |certain persons, and few in number, are elected by God,| but because you consider that |God, by a naked and absolute decree, without any reference to sin or unbelief, elected certain men, and that they were few; and that, by the same decree, He rejected the residue of the multitude of men, to whom He did not give Christ, and to whom He did not design that the death of Christ should be of advantage.| But something shall be said of the allegation in that form, under the other allegations referred to by you.