For if any one have continence, and fall away from that virtue and become incontinent,--or, in like manner, if he have righteousness, if patience, if even faith, and fall away, he is rightly said to have had these virtues and to have them no longer; for he was continent, or he was righteous, or he was patient, or he was believing, as long as he was so; but when he ceased to be so, he no longer is what he was.The quotes, when I am able, will be linked so you can go and read them yourself.
On the Gift of the Predestination of the Saints Chapter 1
Saturday, February 18, 2006
The quote below, once again demonstrates that St Augustine believed that a person could fall from grace, faith, and righteousness. While it is true that St Augustine believed that the predestinate would infallibly die in a state of grace, he held that no one knew if they were of that number since such a person had not yet actually perservered until death. Thus assurance depended on the act of final perseverence in Christ at the moment of death.