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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His understanding was adorned with a true and saving knowledge of his Creator, and of spiritual things; dodrt heart and will were upright, all his affections pure, and the whole man was holy.

Since therefore we are unable to make that satisfaction in our own persons, or to deliver ourselves from the wrath of God, he has been pleased in his fo mercy to give his only begotten Son, for our surety, who was made sin, and became a curse for us and in our stead, that he might make satisfaction to divine justice on our behalf.

Article 12 – Regeneration a Supernatural Work And this is the regeneration so highly celebrated in Scripture, and denominated a new creation: Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath canonss him Rom 5: By this gross error they make God be changeable, and destroy the comfort which the godly obtain out of the drdt of their election, and contradict the Holy Scripture, which teaches that the elect can not be led astray Matt Article 18 – The Proper Attitude Toward Election and Reprobation To those who murmur at the free grace of election, and just severity of reprobation, we answer with the apostle: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Canns even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.

So even to this day, be it far from either instructors or instructed to presume to tempt God in the church by separating what he of his good pleasure has most intimately joined dogdt.

As the almighty operation of God, whereby he prolongs and supports this our natural life, does not exclude but requires the use of means by which God of his infinite mercy and goodness has chosen to exert his influence, so also the before mentioned supernatural operation of God, by which we are regenerated in no wise excludes or subverts the use of the gospel, which the most wise God has ordained to be the seed of regeneration, and food of the soul.

Rejection of Errors The true doctrine having been explained, the Synod rejects the errors of those: Faith is therefore to be considered as the gift of God, not because it is offered by God to man, to be accepted or rejected at his pleasure; but because it is in reality conferred, breathed, and infused into him. Article 8 – A Single Decision of Election There are not various decrees of election, but one and the same decree respecting all those who shall be saved, both under the Old and New Testament, since the scripture declares the good pleasure, purpose and counsel of the divine will to be one, according to which he has chosen us from eternity, both to grace and glory, to salvation and the way of salvation, in which he has ordained that we should walk.

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Hence spring daily sins of infirmity and as a result blemishes adhere to the best works of the saints. This is an innovation and an error, and tends to elevate the powers of the free will, contrary to the declaration of the prophet: That it is not absurd that one having lost his first regeneration, is again and even often born anew.

But this doctrine is justly terrible to those, who, regardless of God and of the Savior Jesus Christ, have wholly given themselves up to the cares of the world, and the pleasures of the flesh, so long as they are not seriously converted to God.

Wherefore, this Synod of Dort, in the name of the Lord, conjures as many as piously call upon the name of our Savior Jesus Christ to judge of the faith of the Reformed Churches, not from the calumnies which on every side are heaped upon it, nor from the private expressions of a few cankns ancient and modern teachers, often dishonestly quoted, or or and wrested to a meaning quite foreign to their intention; but from the public confessions of the Churches themselves, and from this declaration of the orthodox doctrine, confirmed by the unanimous consent of all and each of the members of the whole Kf.

That the faith of those who believe for a time does not differ from justifying and saving faith except only in duration. This doctrine the Synod judges to be drawn from the Word of God, and to be agreeable to the confession of the Reformed Churches.

The Canons of Dordt

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. Christ Jesus, who died Rom 8: In both England and the newly formed United States, Methodism and an array of churches followed what became known as Arminian-Wesleyan theology.

Article 7 – Election Election is the unchangeable purpose of God by which he has out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, before the foundation of doordt world, chosen from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault from their primitive state of cahons 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.

For all the Reformed churches participated in the work of the Synod of Dordrecht; and when the Canons were completed, the foreign delegates as well as the Dutch delegates affirmed them by their signatures.

The Canons of Dordt

We know it by the Spirit he gave us 1 John 3: Of this preservation of the elect to salvation and of their perseverance in the faith, true believers themselves may and do obtain assurance according to the measure of their faith, whereby they surely believe that they are and ever will continue true and living members of the Church, and that they have the forgiveness of sins and life eternal. Hence it clearly appears, that those of whom one could hardly expect it, have violated all truth, equity, and charity, in wishing to persuade the public: Thirty-nine Articles Lambeth Articles.


My Father who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand,” John 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.

For these contradict the Scriptures: Article 11 – Election Unchangeable And as God himself is most wise, unchangeable, omniscient and omnipotent, so the election made by him can neither be interrupted nor changed, recalled or annulled; neither can the elect be cast away, nor their number diminished.

For this is firmly decreed: So especially 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. Further, with respect to those who outwardly profess their faith and amend their lives, we are bound, after the example of the apostle, to judge and speak of them in the most favorable manner; for the secret recesses of the heart are unknown to us.

There are not various decrees of election, but one and the same decree respecting all those who shall be saved, both under the Old and New Testament; since the Scripture declares the good pleasure, purpose, and counsel of the divine will to be one, according to which He has chosen us from eternity, both to grace and to glory, to salvation and to the way of salvation, which He has ordained that we should walk therein Eph 1: Article 9 – The Fulfillment of God’s Plan This purpose proceeding from everlasting love towards the elect, has from the beginning of the world to this day been powerfully accomplished, and will henceforward still continue to be accomplished, notwithstanding all the ineffectual opposition of the gates of hell, so that the elect in due time may be gathered together into one, and that there never may be wanting a church composed of believers, the foundation of which is laid in the blood of Christ, which may steadfastly love, and faithfully serve him as their Savior, who as a bridegroom for his bride, laid down his life for them upon the cross, and which may celebrate his praises here and through all eternity.