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In 1621, two years after their hopes for free and open debate were dashed at the Synod of Dort, the colleagues and students of Jacobus Arminius published the Confession or Declaration of the Pastors, which in the Belgian Federation are called the Remonstrants, on the principle articles of the Christian Religion. The first and perhaps most important of Arminian confessions, written by Simon Episcopius (Arminius' successor at the University of Leiden and leader of the Remonstrant party at Dort) and then approved at a gathering of Remonstrant pastors, provided not only a defense of the "five points" condemned at Dort, but also a succinct declaration of the entire range of their theology. This fresh, unabridged translation of the Confession, the first since 1676, together with the original Latin, allows the contemporary reader to interface directly with theology of the original Remonstrant leaders without the intervening interpretations of either their opponents or later admirers.
About the Author
Mark A. Ellis is a theological education consultant with IMB Connecting, teaching in various seminaries throughout Brazil. He also authored Simon Episcopius' Doctrine of Original Sin.
Table of Contents
|The Confession Ordeclaration of the Remonstrant Pastors|
|Chapter 1||On the Sacred Scriptures||35|
|Chapter 2||On the Knowledge of the Essence of God||44|
|Chapter 3||On the Holy and Sacred Trinity||51|
|Chapter 4||On the Knowledge of the Works of God||53|
|Chapter 5||On the Creation of the World, Angels and Man||54|
|Chapter 6||On the Providence of God||58|
|Chapter 7||On the Sin and Misery of Man||63|
|Chapter 8||On the Work of Redemption, and the Person and Offices of Christ||69|
|Chapter 9||On the Knowledge of God's Will, Revealed in the New Covenant||74|
|Chapter 10||On the Commandments of Christ in General: Faith and Repentance, or Turning to God||76|
|Chapter 11||On Faith in Jesus Christ||78|
|Chapter 12||On Types of Good Works, and and Exposition of the Decalogue||83|
|Chapter 13||On Governing and Denying Ourselves, and Bearing the Cross of Christ||90|
|Chapter 14||On Prayer and Thanksgiving and the Lord's Prayer||96|
|Chapter 15||On Special Callings and the Commandements and Traditions of Men||102|
|Chapter 16||On the Worship and Veneration of Jesus Christ, the Only Mediator, and the Invocation of the Saints||103|
|Chapter 17||On the Benefits and Promises of God, Principally of Election to Grace, or Calling to Faith||105|
|Chapter 18||On the Promises of God that are Performed in this Life to Those Who Are Converted and are Believers, that is, Election to Glory, Adoption, Justification, Sanctification and Sealing||110|
|Chapter 19||On the Promises of God Pertaining to the Life to Come, or the Resurrection of the Dead, and Eternal Life||114|
|Chapter 20||On Divine Threats and Punishments of the Wicked Pertaining both to this Life, and the Life to Come: Reprobation, Hardening, Blinding and Eternal Death and Damnation||115|
|Chapter 21||On the Ministry of the Word of God, and the Orders of Ministers||117|
|Chapter 22||On the Church of Jesus Christ, and Its Marks||121|
|Chapter 23||On the Sacraments and Other Sacred Rites||124|
|Chapter 24||On Church Discipline||129|
|Chapter 25||On Synods or Councils, and their Manner and Use||132|