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Comfort of double predestination

The topic on which I have been asked to write, though not exclusively a Protestant Reformed distinctive, is a fundamental one for the Reformed faith. After all, in the Canons of Dordt election is called “the fountain of every saving good, from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal […]

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The Reformation, Geneva, TULIP, covenant of grace, predestination, the Institutes of the Christian Religion; this was John Calvin. Nearly five hundred years later, we celebrate the work of John Calvin, the foundations of our Reformed faith that were set, and the truths and correct understanding of the mysteries of God which were revealed through this […]

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Chosen

Henry’s father pounded another nail into the roof of one of the birdhouses he was building. Henry watched closely. “Dad, do you think I could pound in one of those nails?” Henry asked. “Sure. I’ll get it started—” he tapped in a nail, “and you can finish it.” Henry carefully grasped the hammer. BANG-BANG. The […]

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Predestination: Who First Chooses Whom?

Lisa is an eighth grade student at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She wrote this essay for a Language Arts assignment. I am convinced that predestination is the biblical perspective on salvation. There are many Scripture texts that support the sovereignty of God in choosing His elect. If you believe that God chose […]

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On Predestination

Every load He asks me to bear – He carries. Every risk He asks me to take – He braves. Every door He bids me enter – He opens. Every child He chooses – He saves.   For everything He requires – there’s provision. For every trial – there’s grace. For every call – there’s […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election

Its Justice   The enemies of election contend that for God to sovereignly choose a people to Himself and to deny the rest of mankind the same blessing as the elect is to become so partial as to treat the latter with the greatest inequality.  They must realize, however, that the God of election is […]

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election (2)

2. THOUGHTS ON THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION Introductory (continued) The doctrine of election is a distinguishing truth. The preaching of the sovereignty of God in foreordaining the eternal destiny of angels, men and the whole realm of nature has the effect of winnowing and separating the chaff from the wheat. The effect of such preaching […]

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Our Present Controversy in the Light of History

It is important to bear in mind that a heretic is one that opposes one or more fundamental tenets authorized by the Church to which a heretic belongs. In the light of that definition it must be emphasized that those who will not submit to the teaching authorized by our Church are heretics. They are […]

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A True Confession

Young people – as well as adults – like to read newspapers and magazines in order to keep up with the news of the day. Some schools distribute to its students small leaflets that contain articles about current events, in order to encourage students to read news items of the day; other schools make it […]

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Missions and Predestination

I have these two questions: 1. If our churches should establish foreign missions, how would our missionaries approach heathen people, who have never heard the Gospel before, with the doctrine of predestination? 2. How would our covenant view be explained to the above people? * * * * * The fact of my correspondent’s singling […]

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An Undesirable Change

A news reporter from one of the Chicago daily papers recently attended a Presbyterian Church in the city. After the service he interviewed Rev. Richard S. McCarrol, the assistant to the super­intendent of the Chicago Presbytery’s Church Extension Board. During the interview, Rev. McCarrol reported to him the following: “Today the Calvinistic doctrine of pre­destination […]

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