Instances of God’s predestination we showed from both Old and New Testament. Also we indicated how this truth is opposed, especially by those of Arminian thinking. We proposed to show also how this opposition to true Presbyterianism has and does appear in some of the Presbyterian bodies. In the recent confessional perversions being perpetrated in the United Presbyterian Church. USA, the doctrine of predestination was the first marked for extinction. Sometimes mother-tender intimidation is employed against this truth. It is said that, though scriptural, it is too easy to misunderstand, therefore is more dangerous than edifying, and so unwise to preach it. So, with increasing creedal changes, we may expect that the least semblance of this doctrine will finally be expunged from the modern Presbyterian churches. This has already practically come to pass. For most Presbyterians have been sailing under a false flag, that is, their true colors are deep-dyed Arminianism. Is this not true of many,many who bear the name Reformed? Many, if they could only bring themselves to be honest, just honest, for a change, would leave the Presbyterian and Reformed churches where they hibernate, to take up with the Unitarians, or at least go join the Arminian Baptists. If they had one grain of honesty, they would not pose as advocates of “good Calvinish.” Some people, today, talk about being “more than a Calvinist.” If we may so speak, then these many have a long, long way to go. For they are not only far from being Calvinist, but it is the least of their intentions of having any kind of Calvinism. And their purpose is to brainwash their dupes with humanism.
As the presbyterial form of government in the Presbyterian and Reformed churches is dying out, and democracy, socialism and communism are fast penetrating the churches and increasing in popularity everywhere, or at least are being forced on us whether we like it or not, while representative authority is more and more despised, it is no surprise that the authority of Scripture is denied. Following this thought, it is no surprise that the glorious truth of predestination should find its worst enemies within its own household. The writer was born, baptized and raised in what was then the Presbyterian Church, USA. Before he was born, the denomination drew up and adopted a document of a very shady character called “A Brief Statement of the Reformed Faith, 1902.” Since the church was founded on the wonderful, truly Reformed Westminster standards, what was the purpose of this brief declaration? It sounded rather suspicious, but nevertheless, it was prepared in order to express the Reformed Faith “in untechnical terms,” suggesting that the Westminster Confession is beyond even above average intelligence. It was also to be understood that the Brief Statement was only for “giving information” and “not with a view of its becoming a substitute or an alternative of our Confession of Faith.” In this document we read, “God, out of His great love for the world, has given His only begotten Son to be the Saviour of sinners, and in the Gospel freely offers His all sufficient salvation to all men…. He has provided a way of eternal life for all mankind” (Art. VI). This is not “giving information,” but injecting the corruption of “universal redemption.” If this is not substituting another creed for the Westminster, it is a compromise of that Confession. It is an Amyraldian drawbridge between Calvinism and Arminianism. At another place, election is said to me “unto holiness, service and salvation.” It is added that “those who come to years of discretion can receive this salvation only through faith and repentance” (Art. VII), which implies that faith and repentance are outside salvation, are conditions unto it, and are the ground of election, not the results of it. Faith, however, has its origin in the preordination of God. For He not only requires “faith in Him that they may be saved,” but also promises “to give unto all those that are ordained unto life His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe” (W.C., VII, 3). Further, the Brief Statement says, “the kingdom of God is to be made manifest” in the brotherhood of man (Art. XIII). But the W.C. states that the kingdom of God is to be made manifest in a brotherhood of the redeemed, which “consists of all those throughout the world, that profess the true religion together with their children, and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God” (XXV, 2). The drawbridge of 1902 was found too heavy for the orthodox, the conservatives to draw up and to keep up. Then the liberals, as they intended, let it down with a crash, the Westminster doctrine was given up to the enemy. In all too few places is its unadulterated form retained and defended.