Article XVII: Of predestination and election

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  1. Stuart says:

    As I’ve said before, I think it is a mistake to go too far down the road of declaring the precise ways our salvation is wrought. History should inform us that people who announce the exact means of salvation almost always have found a way to put themselves on the heavenward side of the line. Rather than spending our time explaining how we are saved and others aren’t, I think we do well to focus our energy on living as Christ-followers and inviting others to do the same. There’s no salvation downside to that, surely.

    That pretty much sums it all up – and wraps it up – for me personally.

  2. Bob Chapman says:

    I haven’t been to seminary, nor do I play a seminarian on TV. Even so, to this layperson, this part of this article tells me that someone was hedging their bets on a full-on double predestination:

    “…so for curious and carnal persons, lacking the Spirit of Christ, to have continually before their eyes the sentence of God’s Predestination is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation or into wretchlessness of most unclean living no less perilous than desperation.

    “Furthermore, we must receive God’s promises in such wise as they be generally set forth in Holy Scripture; and in our doings that will of God is to be followed which we have expressly declared unto us in the word of God.”

    Why would or should we be worried about someone without the Spirit of Christ if that person was damned and nothing could be done about it?

    This is true Anglican Fudge, of the best tradition.

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