This brief post is a quote from one distinguished Southern man concerning the father of the Jews. In his small book The Five Points of Calvinism, Presbyterian theologian and Confederate army officer Robert Louis Dabney (1820-1898) makes a statement that –for several reasons- would absolutely stun most professing Christians in present day Imperial America. In the 3rd section, on God’s Election, Dabney states the following:
“God knew He had a reason for preferring the sinner, Jacob, to the sinner Esau. But this reason could not have been any forseeing merit of Jacob’s piety by two arguments: The choice was made before the children were born. There never was any piety in Jacob to forsee, except what was to follow after as an effect of Jacob’s election. Esau appears to have been an open, hard-mouthed, profane person; Jacob, by nature, a mean, sneaking hypocrite and supplanter. Probably God judged their personal merits as I do, that personally Jacob was a more detestable sinner than Esau. Therefore, on grounds of forseen personal desserts, God could never have elected either of them. But His omniscience saw a separate, independent reason why it was wisest to make the worse man the object of His infinite mercy, while leaving the other to his own profane choice”.
Without commenting on various positions on Soteriology and election, which was the purpose of Dabney’s book, let us examine one aspect of his statement. “Jacob was a more detestable sinner than Esau”. That is true. Esau was a strong, but unwise and profane man -a man of the field and the sword. Jacob was momma’s little boy, dwelling in the tent and scheming. In the effeminate and Zionist crazed land of present day American churches, would any preacher (1) think this way about Jacob and (2) then dare to say it in print or from his pulpit? I think not. In addition to being an actual manly man, Dabney apparently did not fear the Jews.
There is a reason why I like reading religious material by men who have been dead for at least a century; it is often much better than what is being published today.