John Wesley does not rank as high as other , more honorable Arminians . He did a number of underhanded things . One of those nefarious items dealt with Augustus Toplady . Toplady ( who is most famous for writing "Rock of Ages") , in November of 1769 , published "The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination Stated And Asserted : With A Preliminary Discourse On The Divine Attributes " . It was translated from the Latin of Jerome Zanchius . Some items related to this sad matter are told in a letter A.T. wrote on March 26,1770 . I will quote some extracts from "A Letter To The Rev. John Wesley Relative To His Pretended Abridgment Of Zanchius On Predestination " . Accordingly , in the month of March , 1770 , out sneaks a printed paper ( consisting of one sheet , folded into twelve pages ; price one penny ) entitled , "The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination Stated And Asserted , by the Reverend Mr. AT." Wherein you pretend to give an abridgment of the pamphlet above referred to . Unsatisfied with carefully and totally suppressing every proof alleged by Zanchius in support of his argument ; a false colouring must likewise be superinduced , by inserting a sentence or two now and then of your own foisting in . After which you close the motley piece , with an entire paragraph , forged every word of it by yourself ; and conclude all , as you began , with subjoining the initials of my name : to make the ignorant believe that the whole , with your omissions , additions and alterations , actually came from me . -- An instance of audacity and falsehood hardly to be paralleled ! Your concluding paragraph , which you have the effrontery to palm on the world as mine , runs thus : "The sum of all of 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 shall be damned , do what they can . Reader believe this , or be damned . Witness my hand , A T ." When I advert to the unjust and indecent manner in which you attacked the late excellent Mr. Hervey ; above all , when I consider how daringly free you have made with the Scriptures themselves , both in your commentaries , and in your alterations of the text itself ; I cease to wonder at the audacious licentiousness of your pen respecting me . I should rather wonder if you treated any opponent with equity , or canvassed any subject impartially . Rise but once to this , and I shall both wonder and rejoice . [ JW never responded or retracted his phony pamphlet . He was guilty as outlined in AT's letter -- Rip ] I do not expect to be treated by Mr. John Wesley with the candour of a gentleman , or the meekness of a Christian ; but I wish him , for his reputation's sake , to write with the honesty of a heathen .