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Part 2—Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. Rejection of Errors, Article 8 (cont’d)

Our fathers obviously cite the text in I Peter 1:23 in order to make one point, namely, that we are born again out of incorruptible seed. This, to them, makes the Arminian teaching of regeneration that can be lost and of frequent regenerations of the same individual absurd.

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The Church and the Sacraments. The Time of the Reformation Views on the Church. Formal Principle (cont’d). The Reformation Versus False Mysticism.

4.  The doctrine of the merit of good works as taught by Romanists is another most prolific error. They hold that works done after regeneration have real merit (meritum condigni), and that they are the ground of the sinner’s justification before God. They hold that a man may do more…

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Part 2—Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. Rejection of Errors, Article 8

Article 8. Who teach: That it is not absurd that one having lost his first regeneration, is again and even often born anew. For these deny by this doctrine the in­corruptibleness of the seed of God, whereby we are born again. Contrary to the testimony of the Apostle Peter: “Having…

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Part 2—Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. Rejection of Errors, Article 7 (cont’d)

As we mentioned last time, our fathers in this article reject the Arminian contention that temporary faith and saving faith differ only in duration with an appeal to the Parable of the Sower, or, more correctly, the Parable of the Four Kinds of Soil. And they make a comparison between…

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1. Christian Reformed Synod Faces Nigerian Question Again. 2. “Our Children Belong to God!” 3. “Apartheid”—Is It Really Race “Discrimination”?

Christian Reformed Synod Faces Nigerian Question Again The reader may recall that about a year ago attention was called to the problem facing the Christian Reformed synod relative to a Theological College of Northern Nigeria. The synod at that time took a definite stand in respect to this problem.

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The Church and the Sacraments. The Time of the Reformation Views on the Church. Formal Principle (cont’d)

Rome, therefore, contends that the Church, as an external and visible society, consisting of those who profess the Christian religion, united in communion of the same sacra­ments and subjection to lawful pastors, and especially to the Pope of Rome, is divinely appointed to be the infallible teacher of men in…

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Part 2—Exposition of the Canons, Fifth Head of Doctrine. Of the Perseverance of the Saints. Rejection of Errors, Article 6 (cont’d)

In brief this objection of the Arminians is that the doc­trine of the certain perseverance of the saints and of the as­surance thereof is intrinsically an immoral doctrine: it leads necessarily and inevitably to carelessness and profanity. It is a soft cushion on which the flesh may recline in ease…

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