Whenever it is said that the Lord hardens, it is not meant that He does so by infusing any sinful qualities into the heart of man: as it is expressed by the apostle, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” For He is incomprehensibly holy, and infinitely removed from being accessary to anything that is sinful in the creature. But, It is said He hardens when He not only permits and leaves the man to the hardness of his own heart, which is natural unto the sons of fallen Adam, but also when He withholds or withdraws somewhat of that grace given to the creature, on which hardness of heart follows
This out of interest; was made in reference to Romans 9:16-18:
“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”
Our argument is that a man, having not been given grace by God’s sovereign reign – is predestined to damnation.
We do not make the argument that God had any role in making men lawless and sinful, for we after the fall of man – do that by our own free agency.