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TROVERSY.

ARE SUPPORTED.

Ist. The arguments of the Supralapsarians.

1. God's decrees are absolute. For,

(1.) Conditionate decrees imply imperfection ; and

(2.) They involve a contradiction.

2. There are two decrees, of election and reprobation.

(1.) There is a decree of election.

1.) Proved from facts.

2.) from analogy

from the confessions of their adversaries.

4.) from Scripture.

(2.) There is a decree of reprobation. Rom. ix. 17.

Ex. iv. 21. Rom. i. 26. Jude 4.
Objections refuted.
3. The consequences of these decrees.
(1.) The grace of God is of itself efficacious.

1.) Proved from the glory of God.
2.)

the manner of our prayers.
3.)

the language of Scripture.
Objections refuted.
(2.) Christ died only for the elect. For,

1.) The contrary assertion is absurd.
2.) He intercedes for none others.

Objections refuted.

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3.) The elect must finally persevere.

James i. 18.

Heb. xiii. 5.

4. These decrees are consistent with free agency.
2nd. The arguments of the Sublapsarians.

(Nearly coincide with the preceding.)
3rd. The arguments of the Remonstrants.
1. God's decrees are not absolute. For,

(1.) They contradict his justice.
(2.) They contradict bis holiness.
(3.) They contradict his truth.
(4.) They contradict his sincerity.
(5.) They imply that he is the author of sin.

Objections of the Supralapsarians refuted.

Prescience of future contingents is certain.

(1.) Proved from prophecy.

(2.)

from examples.

(3.) It is consistent with God's perfection ; and

(4.) It does not involve a contradiction.
2. There are no decrees of election and reprobation.

Objections re.uted.

3. Grace is not irresistible. For,

(1.) It destroys responsibility.

(2.) It annihilates exertion.

(3.) It contradicts experience.

(4.) It frustrates all exhortations.

(5.) It is opposed to Scripture.

Objections refuted.

4. Christ died for all men.

(1) From Scripture.

(2.) From the obligation to believe in him.

5. The elect must not finally persevere.

Rev. ii. 10.

Heb. vi. 4. X. 26. Ez. xviii. 24.

4th. The arguments of the Socinians ;

(Are selected from the preceding.)
General observations.

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ARTICLE XXII.

OF PURGATORY.

I. THE DOCTRINES OF THE ROMAN CHURCH ARE REPUGNANT

TO SCRIPTURE.

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1st. With respect to purgatory.

1. The distinction upon wbich it is founded is invalid.

Heb. viii. 12.

Objections refuted.
2. There is no intermediate state. Luke xxiii. 43. 2 Tim.

iv. 8. Phil. i. 23. 2 Cor. v. 8.
Objections refated.

2nd. With respect to pardons.

3rd. With respect to worshipping of images. Ex. xx. 4. Is.

xl. 18. Ps. cvi. 20. Hos. viii. 4. Acts xvii. 16.

Rom. i. 21.

Objections refuted.

1th. With respect to worshipping of relics. Deut. xxiv. 6.

2 Kings xviii. 4. Acts viii. 2.

5th. With respect to invocation of saints. 1 Tim. ii. 5.

Rom. x. 14. Rev. xix. 10.

Objections refuted.

II. THESE DOCTRINES ARE CONTRARY TO THE SENSE OF THE

PRIMITIVE CHURCH,

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