Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, October 05, 2012

Common Grace Refuted in WCF 5:6

The Westminster Confession of Faith outright denies the neo-Kuyperian doctrine of "common grace" since Chapter 5, Of Providence says that God uses general providence to soften the elect and harden the reprobate:

6. As for those wicked and ungodly men whom God, as a righteous judge, for former sins, doth blind and harden,1 from them He not only withholdeth His grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understandings, and wrought upon in their hearts;2 but sometimes also withdraweth the gifts which they had,3 and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occasions of sin;4 and, withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan,5 whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, even under those means which God useth for the softening of others.6


1 Rom. 1:24,26,28; Rom. 11:7,8.

2 Deut. 29:4.

3 Matt. 13:12; Matt. 25:29.

4 Deut. 2:30; 2 Kings 8:12,13.

5 Ps. 81:11,12; 2 Thess. 2:10,11.

6 Exod. 7:3; Exod. 8:15,32; 2 Cor. 2:15,16; Isa. 8:14; 1 Pet. 2:7,8; Isa. 6:9,10; Acts 28:26,27.

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