Things The Reformed May Not Say About Salvation

We reject the error of those who teach:

That there are various kinds of election of God unto eternal life: the one general and indefinite, the other particular and definite; and that the latter in turn is either incomplete, revocable, non-decisive, and conditional, or complete, irrevocable, decisive, and absolute. Likewise: That there is one election unto faith and another unto salvation, so that election can be unto justifying faith, without being a decisive election unto salvation. For this is a fancy of men’s minds, invented regardless of the Scriptures, whereby the doctrine of election is corrupted, and this golden chain of our salvation is broken: “Whom He predestined, these He also called, and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom 8:30).

Canons of Dort Rejection of Errors 1.2.

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  1. What a comfort this doctrinal statement provides! Without it we would be in constant uncerainty over whether we could trust God’s promises to keep us in the faith. God’s promise is so certain that it is expressed in the past tense. It is not contingent on anything we do, or fail to do. Rather it is an accomplished fact that we can trust in with absolute certainty. This is assurance that lets us sleep well at night.

  2. We were accepted in the Beloved when Jesus offered the acceptable sacrifice of His perfect life. He came to save His people from their sins, His people being all those given to Him by the father, and all of whom He has vowed to raise up at the last day. This is our perfect assurance!

  3. Mark O, the current line of thought we are hearing about final justification seems to me nothing but a patent denial of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It says that our final acceptance with God depends on us doing our part which is nothing but a return to the doing of the law as the ultimate grounds for our acceptance with God! Only the alien righteousness of Christ imputed to us, when we trust in Him alone, can make us acceptable to a holy and perfectly righteous God. When we realize how much God loves us through the giving of His Son to be our righteousness, we will want to obey God, not from trying to be good enough for final justification, but out of love and gratitude to the Lord who has given us this great salvation.

  4. The ‘Final Salvation’ proponents seem to forget Regeneration. The regenerate, are ‘trees of righteousness, the planting of the lord’ whose fruits glorify God. You can’t be UN-born again!

  5. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is our down payment guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of His glory. Eph. 1:14

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