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Synod of Dordt Part 9: Preparation for the Synod

Planning for a national synod had begun early in 1618, even before Prince Maurice called for a synod. Because the church and state were tied together in the Netherlands, the churches in the Netherlands couldn’t call a synod themselves. Only the government, Prince Maurice, could call one.
Representatives from all the provinces of the Netherlands were called, along with major theologians from the Dutch universities and fourteen Remonstrants to present their case to the synod.
While this synod started out as a Dutch synod, it was attended by over twenty-five delegates from other countries, including Great Britain, Switzerland, and various German states. Because of all the foreign delegates, this synod would not be a quiet synod in the backwaters of the Netherlands. It would be a synod discussed in the Reformed churches all over Europe and from there, the rest of the world through the colonies the European countries held at the time. The Synod of Dordt became, in many ways, an international synod and its decision would hold great weight.
A weighty matter lay before the many delegates. Was grace resistible as the Remonstrants claimed or irresistible as the Gomarists argued? Were men totally depraved? Was God’s grace for all or for his particular chosen people? When the synod began, these were the doctrinal questions the delegates would have to answer.

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