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Semi-Pelagians rejected Pelagianism (see Pelagian Controversy, 4–5) but did not deny freedom of the will and what they regarded as irresistible grace and predestination. They coordinated the human will and divine grace as factors in the work of salvation, holding that the reason why some are saved, others not, lies in an inner condition and receptivity in man, some making proper use of the will, others not; free will is only partially impaired but needs the help of divine grace; salvation is dependent on grace and the right use of natural powers. J. Cassianus* of Massilia (Marseilles) was an early leader of semi-Pelagians, who were first called Massilians.

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