Johannes Wollebius on God’s hardening

From Wikipedia:

==Johannes Wolleb (Wollebius) (1589–1629) was a Swiss Protestant theologian. He was a student of Amandus Polanus, and followed in the tradition of a Reformed scholasticism, a formal statement of the views arising from the Protestant Reformation.[1]

He was the successor of Johann Jakob Grynaeus at Basel Cathedral. The Compendium Theologiae Christianae of 1626 is his major work; it is shorter than the Syntagma Theologiae Christianae (1609) of Polanus, and served as an abridgement and development. It was translated into English by Alexander Ross, as Abridgement of Christian Divinitie (1650).[2]

Wolleb influenced the Westminster Catechisms.[3] His Compendium, with William Ames’s Medulla, and Francis Turretin’s writings, were used as textbooks into the 18th century and beyond.[4] In the late 17th century, Wolleb’s system began to displace Ames’s in favour at Harvard University.[5] Students at Yale University in the early 18th century used to study the Abridgement every Friday afternoon;[6] the books by Wolleb and Ames were written into the university Regulations (1745).[7] ==

Wollebius (in effect) walks up to and places his presumptuous finger upon Romans 9:18 and says, “I don’t believe this text”:

The hardening of the wicked is ascribed to God as a most just judgment; so as God can neither be blamed as faulty, nor can the wicked be excused.

The wicked are in this inexcusable, because God only hardeneth those who harden themselves;  neither doth he harden the soft-hearted, but in his just judgment he increaseth the hardness of them who were hardened before. … who so often said of Pharaoh…I will make obstinate, I will harden his heart, For not only doth he harden by permission, but also, 1.  By letting loose the bridle with which he held in their exorbitant lusts … 2.  By delivering them to Satan as to a Hangman. 1 Kings 22:21-22 … As therefore when the Magistrate delivers over to the Hangman a guilty person to be punished; he is neither the cause of his wickedness, nor of his destruction:  even so when God gives up wicked men to Satan;  neither is the cause of their wickedness, nor of their ruin to be imputed to God.” (Johannes Wollebius, The abridgment of Christian divinitie, pp. 59-61; modernized spelling and underlining mine–CD)


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