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 Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, May 20, 2010

1662 Catechism: Part Two

Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of and earth:
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the Life everlasting. Amen.
    Question. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?
    Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the world.
    Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
    Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.

  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
    Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.


Charlie J. Ray said...

"Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind." This does not refer to a general atonement of Christ on the cross indiscriminately for every single individual who has ever lived. Rather it is a statement of faith that leaves it open that any individual who is drawn to saving faith has been redeemed by Christ. This distinction seems to escape Amyraldians and Arminians. It is illogical to say that Christ died for the sins of the reprobate in the Old Testament since this would mean that Christ died on the cross for the sins of those already in hell for eternity. It would also mean that Christ died on the cross for the sins He already knew were not elect, would not be effectually called, were decreed to be passed over in reprobation, and who would not believe in Jesus.

This is a matter so simply even a child could understand it yet the Amyraldians claim it is too difficult. The real problem is they do not want to accept God's justice in the divine decrees.

Even Ulrich Zwingli said that salvation begins with election and God's decree to elect and not with man's choice.


Charlie J. Ray said...

"...all the elect people of God" clearly does not mean every single individual but only those chosen and effectually called by God.

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