In 1618-1619 in the Dutch city of Dordrecht a synod met to discuss, and ultimately to condemn, the Arminian heresy, which had been spreading like a leaven throughout the churches in the Netherlands.
The fruit of this Synod of Dordt, at which not only Dutch, but also many foreign delegates were present, was the beautiful creed, the Canons of Dordt.
The Canons of Dordt are a creed of many Reformed churches today. They clearly set forth, against the Arminian heresy, the truth of sovereign, particular grace, rooted in sovereign, unconditional election.
The Canons of Dordt are divided into five heads of doctrine.
1. Of Divine Predestination
2. Of the Death of Christ and the Redemption of Men Thereby
3. and 4. (combined) Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God and the Manner Thereof
5. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
These are the original "Five Points of Calvinism" written in response to the Five Points of the Remonstrance (published in 1610, a year after Arminius' death).
The Limerick Reformed Fellowship will be studying this creed on Wednesday evenings, and will also be recording the lectures/discussions so that interested parties can follow the class online. In so doing, we shall see that the Canons of Dordt are a biblical creed, and beautifully pastoral, designed not only to confute the heretics (whose lies and subtelty are clearly exposed in the Rejection of Errors section of the creed) but also to comfort the children of God with a true assurance of their election, redemption and perseverance in salvation to the end.
"The sense and certainty of this election afford to the chidren 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 ..." (Canons, Head I, Art. 13).
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