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Election: The Fountain of Every Saving Good

The synod of Dordt met during 1618–19 to settle the controversy about the doctrines of grace that had erupted around the person and teaching of the pestilential James Arminius. As a minister he underhandedly spread his lies from 1590 until his death in 1609. He made predestination the particular object of his attacks. The hope […]

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The Effectual Atonement of Christ

Many people believe that the difference between Arminianism and the Reformed faith with respect to the cross of Christ is simple—the Arminians teach that Jesus Christ died for all men without exception (universal atonement), while the Reformed faith teaches that Jesus Christ died only for some, that is, only for the elect (limited atonement). However, […]

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Secret Recesses of the Heart

The Canons of Dordt are often considered heavy stuff. Pretty doctrinal. Not easy to understand. Good for ministers and the more mature members of the church. But some think it to be out of reach for the common pew-sitter—and especially for young people. It is true that the Canons of Dordt are doctrine, that is, […]

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Perseverance of Saints

The young reader of this article is encouraged to read first the 5th head of doctrine of the Canons of Dordt and to have it before him as he reads the article. Introduction Can one who has been saved go lost? It often seems as though those who are saved for a while lose their […]

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Attaining the Resurrection of the Dead

Christ’s resurrection was a momentous event. It means that Christians have a savior who is alive today. Islam follows the teachings of a dead prophet, Judaism speaks of the future coming of a Messiah, but Christians worship a living, ever-present savior, who continues his work of salvation for us and in us. Christ’s resurrection also […]

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Dr. Ralph Janssen

In the era preceding World War I, there was a spirit of change. New ideas were springing up in science, culture, medicine and ide­als. Liberal thought and morals had gained promi­nence over the more conservative thought of the last century. Unfortunately, the church was also affected by this spirit of change. The catalyst for the […]

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Charles Finney, 1792-1875

1858 was the year of revivals. In that year alone, 50,000 converts were made. Charles Finney was the originator of and chief instrument in the reviv­als which swept like wild fire through the state of New York and which also reached Philadelphia and Boston. He was involved in revival preaching from 1824-1860. His efforts were […]

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John Wesley

Conversion is a spontaneous experience which is followed by a long struggle. You can accept Christ as your Savior by your own will. Who believed these things? It was John Wesley. John Wesley was born in the early 1700’s being one of 19 children. Being the excel­lent student that he was, John was chosen to go […]

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The “Marrow Men” and the Gospel Offer

The Marrow Controversy sprang up as wild fire in the Scottish Presbyterian Church in 1718 through the re-publishing of a book called “The Marrow of Modern Divinity.” It was originally published in England in 1646, and was written (most probably) by a Gloucestershire scholar and gentleman called Edward Fisher. The book was really a compilation […]

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John Davenant (1576-1641)

The Canons of Dordt (1619) is the third of the three confessions in the Three Forms of Unity. It was formulated at the Synod of Dordt (1618-1619) in response to the rise, in the Dutch churches, of doctrines which were heretical and which contradicted the earlier confessions of the church, the Belgic Confession (1561), and […]

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The “Re-Baptizers”

It is important that we remember the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. When we do so, not only is it important for us to consider the Reformers and their work, but we also need to be reminded of the great and seemingly unconquerable enemies of the Reformers. It is our purpose in this article […]

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Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Although in our day his books lie on bookshelves collecting dust, in his time he was internationally famous. It is questionable, says his biographer, Stefan Zweig, whether Erasmus was a man of first-class intelligence, but what we can be sure of is […]

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Bolsec and God’s “Tyranny”

All throughout the history of the world, beginning already with Adam and Eve, man has desired to be as God. Man has always wanted to have merit in himself, apart from God. Examples of this run throughout history. The Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day wanted their own works to be worth something. Another example is […]

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Scholasticism

One of the most beautiful discourses of our Lord’s ministry was His discourse to His disciples in the upper room where together they celebrated the last supper.  In that lengthy conversation, the Lord talked especially about The Spirit of Truth Whom He would give to His church to lead the church into all truth (See […]

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Perseverance: Patti’s Problem

“Here I go again.  Looks like another Monday night with no sleep.  Why is this happening to me?  If I could just get out of going to catechism.  I’m sure everything would be alright. “Everything was going just fine earlier in the year.  It almost seemed too good to be true.  Being totally depraved by […]

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Sinless at Birth?

As I was studying up about Pelagius, I wondered if Pelagius ever had children?  I say this because Pelagius believed that children were born without sin.   As a father of three young children, I really do not know how Pelagius could come to such a conclusion. Pelagius was a British monk and theologian born in […]

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An Irresistible Need

                             Many years ago I was sitting in a religion class with a Protestant                         Reformed friend when the religion professor, who was also a                         minister, said concerning man and God’s grace, “What makes a                         man different from all the other animals is that he can say ‘no’                         to God.”   We […]

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Saved By Christ

Proof for the Doctrine of Limited Atonement             Mathematics is a school subject which has challenged us, or may still be challenging us today.  Whether we learn about integers, decimals, algebra, or even calculus, we should realize that without the basic facts learned in our earlier years, math in higher grades would almost be impossible […]

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Nestorianism

Nestorius, an unknown heretic to most of us, lived around 300 A.D. to 451 A.D.  He denied the unity of the two natures (human and divine) of Christ in the one person of Christ.  Nestorius viewed it as two natures and two persons, one human and one divine.  This heresy was called Nestorianism. Nestorius, a […]

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Unconditional Election

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than others, but with them involved in one common misery, God had 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 […]

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Apollonaris

Before reading, ask yourself: -Who is Apollonaris? -Why must Christ have a human nature? -How does heresy strengthen the church? Apollinaris, bishop of Laodicia, was a highly esteemed writer and theologian of the 4th century.  He was known for his piety and orthodoxy.  Athanasius held him in such high regard that he would not even […]

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Total Depravity

Total Depravity is the first in the tulip acrostic of Calvinism, which by the way, was not developed by John Calvin. Total depravity is one subject that does not have to look far and wide for, to find evidence of, its existence.  Tangible evidences abound all around us. Total depravity is misunderstood by many; in […]

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Arius’ Arianism

Go back in time approximately two millennia, and in doing so, erase from your mind all the knowledge the church has gained as she has developed the faith once given by her Lord. Wipe from your memory all you know about eschatology (doctrine of last times), ecclesiology (doctrine of the church), soteriology (doctrine of salvation), […]

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Tuning Our Gereformeerd Voerhoren

The Dutch had an interesting description for those in the church who were very sensitive to doctrinal issues.  Such people were said to have Gereformeerd Voerhoren.  “Gereformeerd Voerhoren” means “Reformed Antennae.” You might want to ask your parents how to pronounce this if they know any Dutch.  If not, just remember that “V” in Dutch […]

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Marcion – The First Bible Critic

One of the major figures in the history of second century Christian thought was a man named Marcion.  His doctrines were so distinctive that he formed a school of thought called Marcionism, after his own name.  Marcion and his followers maintained that there was no agreement whatsoever between the revelation of Jesus Christ and the […]

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