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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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All the sins of all men. Now if all these things are true, as they most certainly are, then shall the whole Church finally persevere in grace, and be eternally saved.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness () | A Puritan’s Mind

God the Spirit gives the inclination to come, and the very power of coming to Christ; and Christ finds nothing that is good in us Romans 7: Thus Moses stood in the gap, and prevented the destruction of Israel Psalms Christian believer, there is much comfort and establishment to be drawn from a view of the freeness of the grace of God; then:.

Negatively, what Saving Antidtoe is not. Take away the sin, and you acquit the sinner. God must not lose the honour of His righteousness, because the reason of it appears not to our shallow understandings.

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 temple stood firmly upon those two pillars, Jachin and Boza, i. He is no fickle friend; Whom once He loves, He never leaves, But loves him to the end.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness (1621-1705)

For a decree of giving glory to believers persevering, as their reward, can be nothing else but remunerative justice. To deny grace, irresistible, special grace in conversion, is abominable; and the doctrine of free-will is a denial of this. What is this but to prefer time before eternity, and to set up a post-destination instead of a predestination?

But there is another view to be taken here.

While some are savingly enlightened by the Spirit of God to see their lost state and condition, their need of salvation by Christ and their interest therein, who shall never perish; there are others who are enlightened only into the scheme of the doctrines of the Gospel; and some of these persons to such a degree as to be able to preach them to others, and yet are themselves entirely destitute of the grace of God. If conversion be a new birth, then fallen man hath not a free-will to good.


Again, Christ is a High Priest, and the two parts of His priestly office, oblation and presentation, cannot be arminiansm Reason must neither sgainst the rule to measure faith by, nor the judge of it. The devils have more light than men, yet are they altogether dead in sin, though they believe and tremble James 2: It stands upon two unchangeable bottoms, even the Word and oath of God. But He compareth Himself to a potter, because first, the materials of a potter are vile and sordid, to wit, clay, so more answerable to fallen mankind, out of which God maketh His choice.

This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. They are in the world, and sojourning among the inhabitants of it as strangers and pilgrims only, this not qgainst their rest, their home; their desires being towards a better country Heb It is God that fitteth Peter for salvation; but Judas fits himself for damnation.

Predestination is an immanent act of the Divine will; and so, not only the cause, but also the first cause of all created beings; and therefore cannot in any good sense be said to depend on foreseen transient acts in the creature; so, by consequence, must be an absolute act, unless we will make the volitions of God to come behind the created and temporary volitions of man, which is grossly absurd.

Christopher Ness writes against the heresy of Arminianism. The Fourth Property of the Divine Decree: That which makes God go antidotr of Himself, in His immanent and eternal actings, ought not to be received; and the conditional decree doth so.

They first believed and then were sealed, i. Thus it was, according to the sovereign will of Jehovah, that Jacob and Esau were discriminated the one from the other. And that they are taken and chosen out of the world and given to Christ is clear from John The Divine decree hath an unchangeable fountain, to wit, the unchangeableness of God. In the pure estate.


The Arminians not only deny election to be an eternal, peculiar, unconditional, and irreversible act of God; and assert zn Christ died equally and indiscriminately for every individual of mankind; for them that perish no less than for them that are saved; but they also aver that saving grace is tendered to the acceptance of every man; which he may or may not receive, just as he pleases. Some principal Objections answered.

It is the will of God that some be poor and others rich; so here, that some be vessels of honour, and others of dishonour. If so, believer, then thy saintship and sufferings have eternal glory wrapped up in them.

If election be general under a condition of believing, then Pilate, Caiaphas, and Judas were elected under that condition; and so God is brought in to speak after this manner: That the covenant of grace is not extended to armiianism is evident, for it is agianst with the house of Israel only.

It is the royal prerogative of antiddote great Jehovah to order as well as appoint things that are coming and that shall come: It maketh man the cause why God willeth this or that; so God must attend on the will of man, and not be infallible in His decrees, nor working all things according to the counsel of His own will Eph.

And this Word is confirmed with an oath, when God swears by His holiness that He will not alter the thing that is gone out of His lips. Saints are compared to a tree that fades not Psalms 1: Did David dance before the Lord with all his might? This assumption is clear, for first, our calling is from free love.

Truth hath evermore observed the golden mean. I know My sheep, and am known of Mine.

What God reveals is true; but God nowhere reveals that it is His intention that Judas shall believe, or that all shall believe.

For the eminency of gifts, and the prevalency of sin, a form of godliness and the power of sin may dwell and consist together.