Jacob Arminius – Part 8

Arminius’ positions on predestination soon landed him in hot water with his colleagues on the theological faculty of the university.  He continued to defend his theological positions for the remainder of his life.  In 1608 he presented his Declaration of Sentiments before the Estates General of Holland, an extremely Calvinist organization.  That Declaration is the most important document that we have from Arminius on his doctrine of predestination.  That document treats many topics, with predestination receiving the most attention.  In that writing Arminius clearly established that he did not embrace Reformed theology of any variation.  Arminius listed four eternal decrees that influence his understanding of predestination.  First, he understood there to be a general decree from God to appoint Christ as the mediator, without there being a reference to individual people but rather as result of God’s gracious will to save generally.

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