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Editor’s Note

Each article, with the exception of the editorial, looks at one head, or chapter, of the Canons of Dordt and applies its truth to the life of the child of God. What a shame if we think because the Canons are doctrinal they are not practical. An even greater shame would be if we lose […]

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Issue at Hand

I remember as a child hearing about the Canons of Dordt. Being a child and not knowing what the word “canon” meant, I often imagined cannons as you would find on a ship or a fort. I knew that the Canons of Dordt couldn’t be referring to actual cannons, but that image always stuck in […]

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Unspeakable Consolation

God did not choose you as his child because of anything in you. In eternity, long before the first clock ever sounded, he did not look into the future to see what your response would be when you opened Snapchat, clicked on the three dots in the bottom right corner, and browsed through the Discover […]

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Election: The Fountain of Every Saving Good

The synod of Dordt met during 1618–19 to settle the controversy about the doctrines of grace that had erupted around the person and teaching of the pestilential James Arminius. As a minister he underhandedly spread his lies from 1590 until his death in 1609. He made predestination the particular object of his attacks. The hope […]

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The Effectual Atonement of Christ

Many people believe that the difference between Arminianism and the Reformed faith with respect to the cross of Christ is simple—the Arminians teach that Jesus Christ died for all men without exception (universal atonement), while the Reformed faith teaches that Jesus Christ died only for some, that is, only for the elect (limited atonement). However, […]

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Secret Recesses of the Heart

The Canons of Dordt are often considered heavy stuff. Pretty doctrinal. Not easy to understand. Good for ministers and the more mature members of the church. But some think it to be out of reach for the common pew-sitter—and especially for young people. It is true that the Canons of Dordt are doctrine, that is, […]

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Perseverance of Saints

The young reader of this article is encouraged to read first the 5th head of doctrine of the Canons of Dordt and to have it before him as he reads the article. Introduction Can one who has been saved go lost? It often seems as though those who are saved for a while lose their […]

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Attaining the Resurrection of the Dead

Christ’s resurrection was a momentous event. It means that Christians have a savior who is alive today. Islam follows the teachings of a dead prophet, Judaism speaks of the future coming of a Messiah, but Christians worship a living, ever-present savior, who continues his work of salvation for us and in us. Christ’s resurrection also […]

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Synod of Dordt Part 8: Prince Maurice Takes Action

By 1617-18, the theological and political situation in the Netherlands had become tense. The truce would end in only three more years. What would happen when the war with Spain resumed, and the Netherlands was divided between Remonstrants and Gomarists? At the moment, the Netherlands was on the brink of a civil war between Prince […]

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