An easy to read, but totally devastating attack against the heresy of Arminianism. Recommended reading by John Owen, John Gill, and Augustus Toplady. An Antidote Against Arminianism: Or A Treatise To Enervate And Confute All The Five Points Thereof () [Christopher Ness] on *FREE*. AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST ARMINIANISM or A Treatise to Enervate and Confute all the Five Points thereof [By Christopher Ness] on *FREE*.
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If the will of the potter be an absolute will over his pots, much more is the will of God an absolute will over mankind. When 23 years old he retired into Yorkshire, where he became a preacher of independent tenets successively at Cliffe, or South Cliffe Chapel in his native parish, in Holderness, and at Beverley, where he taught a school.
Whatsoever true believers ask of the father in the name of Armjnianism, according to His will, shall assuredly be obtained John Moral persuasion will never prove effectual to open the heart of man.
What is all this but to show that neither birth nor age, nor anything foreseen or existing in the creature, can produce any claim, but that all lies in the free election of God! As we are drawn, we have not a free-will to good, else arminiainsm fell in his understanding only, not in his will; yet are we volunteers Psalms Touching such sublime mysteries our faith stands upon two sure bottoms: The inward work of the Spirit cannot be resisted; as the creature can neither hinder nor further his own creation, nor the dead their own resurrection, so neither can fallen man hinder or further his conversion.
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And if Christ be the eternal purpose of the Father, the act of electing in Christ must needs be His eternal purpose also. Born of God by the grace of God; and, if we be born subjects into the kingdom of this gracious Lord and King, we must die His subjects; there is no alienation.
They first believed and then were sealed, i. If it is called humbling Himself to look down on things in Heaven, much more on things on earth. If conversion be a new-begetting, or generation, then fallen man hath no free-will to good. Everlasting destruction cannot be intended by the word destroy in Romans But there is no such imperfection in God, all things are naked before Him, dissected, or with their faces upward.
Surely when believers die they are the subjects of glorification, not of election. That which makes God go out of Himself, in His immanent and eternal actings, ought not to be received; and the conditional decree doth so. And it is so frequently restrained to His sheep, friends, church, believers, chosen, and such as are given to Christ, that it must mean some of all sorts; which, in equivalent terms, is clearly expressed in Re 5: In the first estate, man is free; in the second, a slave; in the third, set free; and in the fourth, having a glorious liberty.
Believers stand as upon a stable rock, and they are placed as upon a mountain of brass, so cannot totally and finally fall; for the Father is not inconstant in his love; Qn doth not love to-day and hate to-morrow. The final perseverance of the saints may be argued, seventhly, from the unchangeableness of the covenant of grace.
Christ was believed on in the world of believers only 1Ti 3: The Father, in covenant, gave to Christ a people John Inferences drawn from the foregoing.
Qgainst the end cannot be of a later date and determination than the means to that end; they have relations to each other. Bartholomew’s day in he was ejected ar,inianism his lectureship. The fifth and last point of Arminianism implies that saving agaibst is not an abiding principle, but that those who are loved of God, ransomed by Christ, and born again of the Spirit, may let God wish and strive ever so much to the contrary throw all away, and perish eternally at last.
That cannot be a truth which the Scripture nowhere affirms; and it nowhere asserts that Christ died for all men, much less for every man individually; therefore it is not a truth. The Fourth Property of the Divine Decree: Thus it was, according to the sovereign will of Jehovah, that Jacob and Esau were discriminated the one from the other.
The Divine decree of Predestination hath various properties; it is eternal, unchangeable, absolute, free, discriminating, and extensive.
Of cruelty; as if God were worse to His creatures than tigers to their young: Election must therefore armunianism discriminating, and arminiansm making of some to differ from others. At Hunslet he took an indulgence as a Congregationalist inand a new meeting-house was opened by him on June 3, Man, and the will of man, while in an unregenerate state, may be compared to the tied-up colt in Mark For as it gave a being to all things, so it preserves them in that being while they continue in the world; and the work of Arminianis, which extends itself from angels to worms, succeeds the work of creation.
Of Perseverance of the Saints. If the absolute will of God be the universal cause of all things, then no event can fall beyond or beside. As it respects man, Adam might have stood as well as fallen; for God gave not His creature a law only, but also furnished him with power sufficient to keep that law if he would; antidoge if man had not been mutable, he had been God and not man.
An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness (1621-1705)
It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. There can be no choice made, where all are taken, and none left. Before the Fall, the will had liberty both to good or evil, to do or not to do; but since the Fall, the will is evil, only evil, and continually evil Ge 6: The earnest is a part of the bargain, and the first fruits of Heaven.
The poor have the gospel preached unto them Matthew Againts the Apostle, in 2Ti 1: Though we are changeable creatures, yet unchangeable love is towards us, that keeps faster hold of us than we of it. The sun may sooner be stopped in his course than God hindered of His work or in His will. The justice of God must not be measured by the standard of our reason; what is this but speaking wickedly for God, and talking deceitfully for Him Job He had done man no wrong if He had never willed man to be, much less to be holy and happy.
He sntidote and He doth it; no created being can interpose agaunst the desire and the doing, to hinder their meeting together. He loved them, and chose them for His own.
Besides Christ there is no Saviour Isa