Recovering Pelagius: Diocese of Atlanta Seeks to Reinstate 5th Century Heretic

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It seems as if Pelagius is making a comeback these days.  The 4th-5th Century Theologian, Pelagius, is the father of Pelagianism.  Pelagianism is a theological system that was condemned as heresy by more church councils than any other in history.  Pelagius taught that man is basically good and can move towards God by his own power, without the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Man can convert himself to God, believe the Gospel and whole-heartedly obey God's Law and thus merit forgiveness of sins and eternal life. (Tim Ysteboe, We Believe (F&F Press, 2010), 55-56)
A special thank you to T.R. Halvorson from Twin Stone Warden for sending this to PM Notes.  This is very disturbing to read but consistent with much of American spirituality, especially what we see happening within Evangelicalism.  Enjoy the read below and the additional resources below.


Recovering Pelagius: Diocese of Atlanta Seeks to Reinstate 5th Century Heretic

By David W. Virtue
October 19, 2011

If the Rev. Benno D. Pattison, Rector, the Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta, has his way, the 5th Century heretic Pelagius, declared so by the Council of Carthage, will be reinstated at the next and final Diocese of Atlanta annual meeting presided over by Bishop Neil Alexander.

Nearly 500 clergy members and parish delegates will gather in Rome (Georgia) Nov. 4-5 for the 105th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta and vote on reinstating Pelagius who denied original sin as well as Christian grace.  
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Anonymous said…
Hey Matt, on the back of my Target brand (Up &Up) cough drops they have this printed on the back:
"We Promise to make good products at good prices for good people. Enjoy"

"Good People"? The Bible teaches. "No one is righteous, no not one"
Who would have guessed that the Target Corporation would be promoting Pelagianism

Andrew McGowan said…
Interesting how few people who made much of this story when it was a mere proposal by one individual have reported the fact that the proposal failed. Retractationes, anyone?

Got it covered my friend. It is in my blog line up for the December 4th post.

Pastor Matt
FYI: The follow-up article was just bumped from December 4th to the 8th.