The Reformed Layman




The Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther, 1525.

One of the most influential works on the subject of Predestination and Free-Will ever written. It was Luther’s response to the Diatribe of Erasmus. The style may seem a bit rough and bombastic, but the stakes are quite high here. The doctrine of predestination is at the very heart of the Gospel. If you pervert this doctrine with notions of “free-will,” you pervert the Gospel itself. This is a link to an offsite page at They have a great selection of works to view there.


The Synod of Dort, 1619

This is taken from the 1619 edition printed in London by John Bill when it was “Englished out of the Latin copy” Here we see five of the principal errors of Arminianism refuted in some detail. The Biblical doctrines of Predestination, Limited Atonement, Total Depravity, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance are all clearly explained and defended against the destructive and damnable heresies of Arminius and his followers. In addition, you will find “The Sentence of the Synod concerning the Remonstrants” which will give some insight into the views of these Reformed Theologians concerning the suppression of heresy by the Magistrate.


The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination, by Jerom Zanchius

        The original Latin version was written sometime in the 1500’s. In 1769 Augustus Toplady translated it into English. Apparently, the nefarious John Wesley reproduced a grossly distorted and mutilated version of Toplady’s translation, and even forged Toplady’s initials, falsely attributing the counterfeit document to Toplady. Wesley ended his distortion of Toplady’s translation with the following paragraph, (which words Toplady never wrote nor uttered). Yet, Wesley shamelessly forged Toplady’s initials with the words, “Witness my hand.”

The sum of all is this: One in twenty (suppose) of mankind are elected; nineteen in twenty are reprobated. The elect shall be saved, do what they will; the reprobate will be damned, do what they can. Reader believe this, or be damned. Witness my hand,



                Rest assured, the version on this site is free of Wesleyan perversions.  The reader will profit greatly from the truths clearly taught in this classic work on the subject of God’s sovereignty and predestination.