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Please contact project staff at eebotcp-info umich. This he compares arminiainsm a foundation and a seal, two things of the greatest validity and security.

Creation is a production of something out of nothing; but if there be a free-will antdiote do good in man before conversion, then is there something of its own nature spiritually good in unconverted man towards the work of conversion; so can it not be called a new creature.

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God hath not an imperfect but a thorough foreknowledge of all future things; the means and the end; not only as they may be, but also as they shall be, by His Divine determination. And this Word is confirmed with an oath, when God swears by His holiness that He will not alter the thing that is gone out of His lips.

Rejoice in the Lord, sing to the honour of His great name, and live to His praise and glory.

The Fourth Property of the Divine Decree: It is a marriage state, and that is for life too Ho 2: Truth hath evermore observed the golden mean. Christ raised not all up that were dead, but Lazarus, etc.

Answer The following are the arguments and reasons assigned why the chosen of God cannot totally and finally fall away from grace.

We are not only clay Job 4: It is the royal prerogative of the great Jehovah to order as well as appoint things that are coming and that shall come: Therefore Adam sinned freely in respect of himself, but necessarily in respect of God. Read it seriously without partiality, and the Lord give you understanding in all things.


There is no manner of good in us Romans 7: God was not bound to any of His actions concerning man. If one member may be broken off from Christ, then all may; one having no more privilege than another in respect of their state and standing; so Christ may be supposed, upon this hypothesis, to be a head without a body or members and to have died in vain; both which are grossly absurd.

The covenant doth absolutely promise the grace of perseverance, and all things that accompany salvation to the elect, even to the end of their lives. He is a Saviour to all parts of the body Eph. How can it be safely said that God ever intended the salvation of any others, but those who are, or shall be, effectually saved?

If moral persuasion could recover man, then faith would be an easy work, and not require such mighty power as has just been proved. God doth not decree the end without the means, nor the means without the end, but antiddote together.

Christ was first chosen, then the members. God ordains to the means as well as to the end.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness (1621-1705)

Let me live as Ab list; if I am elected to salvation I shall certainly be saved. This grace differs not from glory in kind, but only in degree; grace is glory militant, as glory is grace triumphant. There is a world of believers Rev. We may not make that an antecedent to election which is gaainst the consequent of it. Touching such sublime mysteries our faith stands upon two sure bottoms: Who can condemn those for whom Christ was raised?

God acts freely, as the first cause; and man freely, as the second; in concurrence and not by constraint. It is infinite condescension that the great God should hold a poor lump of clay so fast in His Almighty hands, as to secure our interest to all eternity John Nor could the Lord foresee repentance, faith, love etc. Now although this special Divine decree of predestination extends not as the general decree to every individual, it is nevertheless very extensive, even to all ranks, sexes, ages, nations and generations.


If those that fall totally and finally be not nor ever were true believers, then it follows that such as are true believers cannot do so. That which infers a succession of acts in God ought not to be admitted, and election upon foresight doth so. As reprobation gives not such a grace as infallibly to make them better, so it works nothing in them by which they are made worse.

That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so none are saved. Now if all these things are true, as they most certainly are, then shall the whole Church finally persevere in grace, and be eternally saved. But when this mystery was revealed and made fully known by the divine mission to Paul, who was by Christ sent to preach to the Gentiles Ac If to all generations, then predestinating love is an inexhaustible fountain!

What is all this but to show that neither birth nor age, nor anything foreseen or existing in the creature, can produce any claim, but that all lies in the free election of God!

So it was when Christ bade.