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Contemplating and Discussing Election (Digging into Dort, Point 1, Part 6)

I really wrestled with whether or not to write this series of posts on the Canons of Dort because the doctrine of election is one that is often misunderstood and debated among Christians. It can provoke quite a response, and I wasn’t sure if a blog would be the appropriate platform to...

How the Doctrine of Election Can Offer Comfort in Tragedy (Digging into Dort, Point 1, Part 5)

One of the most surprising and remarkable things I found when I started “Digging into Dort” in preparation of this series is that the Canons of Dort address a question I am often asked as a pastor, but one that is not mentioned in the more widely known and read Reformed statements of...

How Election Relates to Reprobation (Digging into Dort, Point 1, Part 4)

The First Main Point of the Canons of Dort deals with the doctrines of divine predestination and reprobation. We have dealt with the idea of election over the past few posts, but we will now turn to see what the Canons teach about reprobation (and what it means). The Canons recognize that this...

How Election Leads to Assurance and Holiness (Digging into Dort, Point 1, Part 3)

As we discussed last week, a major concern with the doctrine of election is that viewing some people as elect would seem to cause arrogance, but in fact this idea actually leads to humility. Another common concern is that it may lead to Christians not seeking to live lives of obedience because...

How Election Leads to Humility (Digging into Dort, Point 1, Part 2)

“Before the foundation of the world, by sheer grace, according to the free good pleasure of his will, God chose in Christ to salvation a definite number of particular people out of the entire human race.” This statement found in Point 1, Article 7 of the Canons of Dort is the source...

Digging Into Dort: Point 1, Part 1 (Election)

In many ways, the main issue that the Canons of Dort addresses is the subject of election, or as people often label it, predestination. This issue was the first point in the writings of the Remonstrants (those followers of Jacob Arminius), so it becomes the first main point of the Canons of...

Digging into Dort: Overview

As we prepare to “Dig into Dort,” I thought it would be wise to consider more of the context in which this document was produced. The official title of this document is, “The Decision of the Synod of Dort on the Five Main Points of Doctrine in Dispute in the Netherlands&rdquo...

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