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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Article 6 – The Saving Power of the Gospel What therefore neither the light of nature nor the law could do, that God accomplishes by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the word or ministry dorddt reconciliation. What, therefore, neither the light of nature nor the law could do, that God performs by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the word or ministry of reconciliation; which is the glad tidings concerning the Messiah, canpns means whereof it has pleased God to save such as believe, as well kf the Old as under the New Testament.

Retrospect and Prospect” PDF. Wherefore also, ddordt is himself rightly said to believe and repent, by virtue of that grace received. 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.

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?

Instead, even this light, man in various ways totally distorts, and holds it in unrighteousness, and is so doing becomes inexcusable before God. In this is especially displayed the profound and merciful, and at the same time the righteous, discrimination between men equally involved lost. Love each other as I have loved you.

It dordf not even because God bestows the power or ability to believe, and then expects that man should by the exercise of his own free will, consent to the terms of that salvation, and actually believe in Christ, but because he who works in canobs both to will and to do, and indeed all things in all, produces both the will to believe, and the act of believing also.

Article 5 – The Inadequacy of the Law In the same light are we to consider the Ten Commandments, delivered by God to his peculiar people the Jews by the hands of Moses.

It must be admitted that canone was not a purely theological move, since there were several subtle political factors at work.

The Canons of Dordt

His understanding was adorned with a true and saving knowledge of his Creator, and of spiritual things; his heart and will were upright; all his affections pure; and the whole man was holy; but revolting from God by the instigation of the devil, and abusing the freedom of his own will, he forfeited these excellent gifts; and on the contrary entailed on himself blindness of mind, horrible darkness, vanity and perverseness of judgment, became wicked, rebellious, and obdurate in heart and will, and impure in his affections.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The cause or guilt of this unbelief as well as of all other sins is no wise in God, but in man himself; whereas faith in Jesus Christ and salvation through Him is the free gift of God, as it is written: And therefore with holy adoration of these mysteries, we exclaim in the words of the apostle: Man was originally formed after the image of God.

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” John Hence spring forth the daily sins of infirmity, and blemishes cleave even to the best works of the saints. The death of the Son of God is the only and most perfect sacrifice and satisfaction for sin; and is of infinite worth and value, abundantly sufficient to expiate the sins of the whole world.


That the grace whereby we are converted to God is only a gentle advising, or as others explain it that this is the noblest manner of working in the conversion of man, and that this manner of working, which consists in advising, is most in harmony with man’s nature; and that there is no reason why this advising grace alone should not be sufficient to make the natural man spiritual; indeed, that God does not produce the consent of the will except through this manner of advising; and that the power of the divine working, whereby it surpasses the working of Satan, consists in this that God promises eternal, while Satan promise only temporal good.

May Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who, seated at the Father’s right hand, gives gifts to men, sanctify us in the truth; bring to the truth those who err; shut the mouths of the calumniators of sound doctrine, and endue the faithful ministers of his Word with the spirit of wisdom and discretion, that all their discourses may tend to the glory of God, and the edification of those who hear them.

For these contradict the Scriptures, being: For this is nothing less than the denial of all that efficiency of God’s grace in our conversion, and the subjecting of the working of Almighty God to the will of man, which is contrary to the apostles, who teach that we believe accord to the working of the strength of his might Eph 1: That in spiritual death the spiritual gifts are not separate from the will of man, since the will in itself has never been corrupted, but only hindered through the darkness of the understanding and the irregularity of the affection; and that, these hindrances having been removed, the will can then bring into operation its nature powers, that is, that the will of itself is able to will and to choose, or not to will and not to choose, all manner of good which may be presented to it.

Others, though they receive it, suffer it not to make a lasting impression on their heart. For the ancient Church has long ago condemned this doctrine of the Pelagians according to the words of the apostle: This is repugnant to the entire Scripture, which constantly inculcates this and similar declarations: That the spiritual gifts or the good qualities and virtues, such as goodness, holiness, righteousness, could not belong to the will of man when he was first created, and that these, therefore, could not have been separated from it in the fall.

So also this grace of regeneration does not treat men as senseless stocks and blocks, nor take away their will and its properties, neither does violence tp it.

Article 17 – God’s Use of Means in Regeneration 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.

The Canons of Dordt

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.

But this is altogether Pelagian and contrary to the whole Scripture, which, besides this, teaches yet another and far more powerful and divine manner of the Holy Spirit’s working in the conversion of man, as in Ezekiel: For the experience of all ages and the Scriptures do both testify that this is untrue. Today the Canons of Dort form part of the Three Forms of Unityone of the confessional standards of many of the Reformed churches around the world, including the NetherlandsSouth AfricaAustraliaand North America.


For in the first place, in these falls he preserves them in the incorruptible seed of regeneration from perishing or being totally lost; and again, by his Word and Spirit, certainly and effectually renews them to repentance, to a sincere and godly sorrow for their sins, that they may seek and obtain remission in the blood of the Mediator, may again experience the favor of a reconciled God, through faith adore his mercies, and from that point more diligently work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.

For not only is it absurd to speak of an uncertain certainty, but also contrary to the experience of the saints, who by virtue of the consciousness of their election rejoice with the Apostle and praise this favor of God, Ephesians 1; who according to Christ’s admonition rejoice with his disciples that their names are written in heaven, Luke For these contradict the Scriptures: And as to others who have not yet been called, it is our duty to pray for them to God, who calls the things that are not as if they were.

What do you have that you did not receive?

That Christ has in no place prayed that believers should infallibly continue in faith. That the unregenerate man is not really nor utterly dead in sin, nor destitute of all powers unto spiritual good, but that he can yet hunger cwnons thirst after righteousness and life, and offer the sacrifice of a contrite and broken spirit, which is pleasing to God.

YesFather, for this was your good pleasure Mat My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand John And therefore, with holy adoration of these mysteries, we exclaim in doedt words of the apostle: This mystery of His will God reveals to but a small number under the Old Testament; under the New Testament the distinction between various peoples having pf removed He reveals it to many.

They must, therefore, be constant in watching and in prayer that they be not led into temptation. Article 8 – The Saving Effectiveness of Christ’s Death For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to canonw the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly canond salvation: For such is contrary to the description of the image of God which the apostle gives in Eph.

God is under no obligation to confer this grace upon any; for how can He be indebted to one who had no previous gifts to bestow as a foundation for such recompense? For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not fo works, so that no one can boast Eph 2: For these contradict the apostle, who declares: That all men have been accepted unto the state of reconciliation and unto the grace of the covenant, so that no one is worthy of condemnation on account of original sin, and that no one shall be condemned because of it, but that all are free from the guilt of original sin.

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 fulfil through his free will.