A Brief Outline of the Canons of Dordt (), the Original Five Points of Calvinism. Rev. Angus Stewart. Head I: Of Divine Predestination (Unconditional. The Canons of Dordt of , the Reformed Tradition’s response to the Arminiam views of the Remonstrants in the Dutch Reformed Church. Everyone knows the acronym TULIP, but not everyone knows where this acronym comes from. The Canons of Dordt are among the most.
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And, whereas many who are called by the gospel, do not repent, nor believe in Christ, but perish in unbelief; this is not owing to any defect cnaons insufficiency in the sacrifice offered by Christ upon the cross, but is wholly to be imputed to themselves.
With respect to those who make an external profession of faith and live regular lives we are bound, after the example of the apostle, to judge and speak of them in the most favorable manner. These are to them a perpetual reason to humiliate themselves before God and to flee for refuge to Christ crucified; to mortify the flesh more and more by the spirit of prayer and by holy exercises of piety; and to press forward to the goal of perfection, until at length, delivered from this body of death, they shall reign with the Lamb of God dordf heaven.
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And every one that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure,” I John 3: This mystery of His will God reveals to but a small number under the Old Testament; under the New Testament the distinction between various peoples having been removed He reveals it to many.
For these contradict the apostle, who declares: For this doctrine tends to the despising of the wisdom of the Father and of the merits of Jesus Christ, and is contrary to Scripture. The Scripture moreover testifies that believers in this life have to struggle with various carnal doubts, and that under grievous temptations they do not always feel this full assurance of faith and certainty of persevering.
And this is how we know that he lives in us: For such is contrary to the description of the image of God, which the Apostle gives in Ephesians 4: That the reason why God sends the gospel to one people rather than to another is not merely and solely the good pleasure of God, but rather the fact that one people is better and worthier than another to whom the gospel is not communicated.
For these, while they feign that they present this distinction, in a sound sense, seek to instill into the people the destructive poison of the Pelagian errors. He opens the closed, and softens the hardened heart, and circumcises that which was uncircumcised, infuses new qualities into the will, which though heretofore dead, he quickens. The Canons of Dordt are placed with the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confessionas well as the Westminster Confessionas articulating the basic Faith confession of many Reformed churches.
The Canons of Dordt
But God, who is the Father of all consolation, does not suffer them to be tempted above that they are able, but will with the temptation also make a way dorvt escape that they may be able to bear it, 1 Corinthians That in the true conversion of man no new qualities, powers or gifts dordf be infused by God into the will, and that therefore faith through which we are first converted, and because of which we are called believers, is not a quality or gift infused by God, but only an act of man, and that it can not be said to be a gift, except in respect of the power to attain to this faith.
But as many as truly believe, and are delivered and saved from sin and destruction through the death of Christ, are indebted for this benefit solely to the grace of God given them in Christ from everlasting, and not to any merit of their own. And how shall they hear without a preacher?
For thereby they contradict the Holy Scriptures, which declare that God infuses new qualities of faith, of obedience, and of the consciousness of his love into our hearts: This assurance, however, is not produced by any peculiar revelation contrary to or independent of the Word of God, but springs from faith in God’s promises, which He has most abundantly revealed in His Word for our comfort; from the testimony of the Holy Spirit, witnessing with our spirit that we are children and heirs of God Rom 8: For this savors of the teaching of Pelagius, and is opposed to the doctrine of the apostle when or writes: Whereupon the will thus renewed is not only actuated and influenced by God, but in consequence of this influence becomes itself active.
That the true believers and regenerate not only can fall from justifying faith and likewise from grace and salvation wholly and to the end, but indeed often do fall from this and are lost forever.
For this conception makes powerless the grace, justification, regeneration, and continued preservation by Christ, contrary to the expressed words of the apostle Paul: That the perseverance of the true believers is not a fruit of election, or a gift of God, gained by the death of Christ, but a condition of the new covenant, which as they declare man before his decisive election and justification must fulfill through his free will.
And this is the regeneration so highly celebrated in Scripture, and denominated a new creation: For by this injurious error the pleasure of God and the merits of Christ are made of none effect, and men are drawn away by useless questions from the truth of gracious justification and from the simplicity of Scripture, and this declaration of the Apostle is charged as untrue: When these are neglected, they are not only liable to be drawn into great and heinous sins by Satan, the world and the flesh, but sometimes by the righteous permission of God actually fall into these evils.
For these contradict the Scriptures: Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. For by this injurious error the pleasure of God and the merits of Christ are made of none effect, and men are drawn away by useless questions from the truth of gracious justification and from the simplicity of Scripture, and this declaration of the apostle is charged as untrue: Their continued use as a standard still forms an unbridgable problem preventing close cooperation between the followers of Jacob Arminiusthe Remonstrantsand Dutch Reformed Churches.
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Canons of Dort A. Although the weakness of the flesh cannot prevail against the power of God, who confirms and preserves true believers in a state of grace, yet converts are not always so dodrt and actuated by the Spirit doordt God as not in some particular instances sinfully to deviate from the guidance of divine grace, so as to be seduced by and to comply with the lusts of canone flesh; they must, therefore, be constant in watching and prayer, that they may not be led into temptation.
This Calvinism -related article is a stub. That the unregenerate man is not really nor dordg dead in sin, nor destitute of all powers unto spiritual good, but that he can yet hunger and thirst after righteousness and life, and offer the sacrifice of a contrite and broken spirit, which is pleasing to God. This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than the others, but with them involved in one common misery, God has decreed to give to Christ, to be saved by him, and effectually to call and draw them to his communion by his Word and Spirit, to bestow upon them true faith, justification and sanctification.
To those who murmur at the free grace of election and the just severity of reprobation canins answer with the apostle “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? That all men have been accepted unto the state of reconciliation and unto the grace of the covenant, so that no one is worthy of condemnation on account of original sin, and that no one shall be condemned because of it, but that all are free from the guilt of original sin.
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This assurance, however, is not produced by any peculiar revelation contrary to, or independent of the Word of God. Election is the unchangeable purpose of God by which he has out dogdt mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, before the foundation of the world, chosen from the whole human canonns, which had fallen through their own fault from their primitive state of rectitude into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect and the foundation of Salvation.
And contrary to the Apostle John: Furthermore, these are contradicted by the example of the saints, both of the Old and New Testament, who though they were assured of their perseverance and salvation, were nevertheless constant in prayers and other exercises of godliness. The good pleasure of God is the sole cause of this gracious election; dort does not consist herein, that out of all possible qualities and actions of men God has chosen some as a condition of salvation; but that he was pleased out of the common mass of sinners to adopt some certain persons as a peculiar ot to himself, as it is written, “For the children being not yet born neither having done any good or evil,” etc.
For grace is conferred by means of admonitions; and the more readily we perform our duty, the more clearly this favor of God, working in us, usually manifest itself, and the more directly His work is advanced; to whom alone all the glory, both for the means and for their saving fruit and efficacy, is forever due.
The sense and certainty of this election afford to the children of God additional matter for daily humiliation before him, for adoring the depth of his mercies, for cleansing themselves, and rendering grateful returns of ardent love to him, who first manifested so great love towards them. Man after the fall begat children in his own likeness.