Heidelcast For August 28, 2022: Every Tribe, Tongue, And Nation (14): Second Head Of Doctrine (6)

In this episode Dr Clark continues his series on the the Canons of Dort where we are looking at the Second Head of Doctrine of the Canons of Dort on the atonement. One of the principals in the Arminian controversy leading up to Dort was Franciscus Gormarus (1563–1641). He was one of Arminius’ colleagues in the theology faculty at the University of Leiden. He was one of the first to blow the whistle, as it were, on Arminius’ teaching and he was assigned to hold public and private discussions with Arminius (who did not publish anything in his lifetime) to discover what Arminius was saying. When Arminius died in 1609, however, the directors of the university proposed to replace him with an even more radical professor, Conrad Vorstius (1569–1622), who was later condemned by the Synod of Dort as a Socinian. Gormarus was so disgusted that he left. He went to Saumur, which later became famous as the home of the John Cameron (who succeeded Gomarus) and Moises Amyraut (1596–1644), who theorized that Christ died to make salvation available to all. That doctrine is known as hypothetical universalism. What you might not know is that there was an early proponent of a version of that doctrine at the Synod of Dort. He was one of the English delegates. Dr Clark explains the connection and how the Canons of Dort help us respond to “hypothetical universalism.” The opening audio clip is Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

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