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Canons Of Dort (19): Unconditional Atonement

Canons Of Dort (19): Unconditional Atonement

In 1611, Franciscus Gormarus (1563–1641), one of the principals in the controversy surrounding Arminius resigned his position in the theology faculty in the University of Leiden. He was frustrated by the fact that after Arminius’ death, the governors of the University...

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Canons Of Dort (14): Only We Sinned But Only God Saves

Canons Of Dort (14): Only We Sinned But Only God Saves

According to its critics, including the Remonstrants, the great fault of the Reformed doctrine of the atonement is that it is too exclusive. That, however, is not how the Reformed Churches presented their understanding of Scripture. Their opening note under the Second...

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Canons Of Dort (13): Predestination Is A Mystery

Canons Of Dort (13): Predestination Is A Mystery

It is a remarkable thing that, outside of Reformed circles, it seems to be widely assumed that the attraction of the doctrine of predestination is that it is reasonable. This is nothing but an assumption. The Reformed churches do not confess the “free grace of...

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Canons Of Dort (12): We Judge God’s Will From Scripture

Canons Of Dort (12): We Judge God’s Will From Scripture

The doctrine of unconditional election and conditional reprobation has often met with resistance in the church. The early post-apostolic church spoke of the elect and of God's election and found opposition to it. Augustine rather innocently wrote, "Command what you...

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The Church Of Misfit Toys

The Church Of Misfit Toys

Outside the church, i.e., outside the visible, organized Christ-confessing covenant community, where the gospel is preached purely, the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are administered purely, and where church discipline is used, the church often...

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