Semipelagianism is a lesser form of the Pelagianism heresy, it affirms Palegianism but not completely, Semipelagianism does not deny the doctrine of original sin and all its implications but teaches that God cooperates with man in order to bring out salvation, it also teaches that though the grace of God is necessary for salvation man is able to initiate of which leaves some inconsistencies, grace is no longer grace as it can be merited if the sinner is the one who initiates.

This teaching like Palegionism tries to repudiate the biblical doctrine of Justification by faith as it teaches that God offers forgiveness and justification as a reward to the sinner who seeks Him, grace becomes due payment rather than a gift that can't be merited. Palegionists denies The doctrine of predestination.

Rom 4:4  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Rom 4:5  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Rom 4:6  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

Rom 4:7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Rom 4:8  Blessedis the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

It was condemned as a heresy in the Second Council of Orange in 529.


  1. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church,(Oxford University Press 2005 ISBN 978-0-19-280290-3), article Semipelagianism
  2. ^ Catechism of the Catholic Church 2008 (
  3. ^ Catechism of the Catholic Church 2010 ( /ENG0015/__P70.HTM)
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