Robert W. Godfrey on the Synod of Dort…

“In a profound sense, this synod saved the Reformation for the Reformed churches. While Lutherans would reject several elements of the canons, Calvinists saw clearly that a proper understanding of election was necessary to protect the Reformation’s ‘grace alone.’ The proper understanding of Christ’s atoning work was necessary to protect the Reformation’s ‘Christ alone.’

A proper understanding of the regenerating and preserving work of the Holy Spirit and of the Christian’s comfort in these doctrines was necessary to protect the Reformation”s ‘grace alone’ and ‘faith alone.’ Implicit in the canons’ conclusions is their commitment to the Reformation’s ‘Scripture alone’ as the only source of religious truth.As the Reformation was a revival of a biblical Augustinianism, so the Synod of Dort stands in the great Christian heritage that rejects Pelagianism and semi-Pelagianism. It stands in the tradition of Jesus against the Pharisees, Paul against the Judaizers, Athanasius against Arius, Augustine against Pelagius, and Luther against Erasmus. Dort against the Arminians continues that great commitment. The canons became the official teaching and sincere conviction of many churches and millions of Christians through the last four centuries.”

~ Robert Godfrey, Saving The Reformation

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