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The CALVINIST.CABINET UNLOCKED: in an APOLOGY for Tilen US, against a VINDICATION of the Synod of Dort.
IT may conduce to our settlement, to consider how many 1 of the most Learned these last Ages have produced, even when they launched forth on purpose to oppose the Truth, have absolutely yielded up themselves to the empire of it. Arminius undertakes the defence of Beza, but finding it impossible, retreats unto those Opinions which have worn his name ever since. Tilenus, while he sets himself in opposition to Arminius, is awakened with so clear a light, that he becomes a profelyte. Arminius' Arguments pressed fo hard upon Junius, that he thought fit to give ground : and Vol. VI. Ą
Piscator flincht a little more upon the impresion made by his adversaries.
The Absurdities which unavoidably follow from these doctrines, are very reproachful to the Majesty of heaven ; they deflower the beauty of his Attributes, evacuate che merits of Christ's death, frustrate the use of the holy Ordinances, and enervate the power of Godliness. For while they advance his Sovereignty, they impeach his Goodness; while they magnify his Liberty, they obscure his Wisdom; while they sweeten his Mercy, they imbitter his Justice; while they boast his Grace, they confound his Truth and Sincerity.
'This doctrine attributes to God a power, not only above the laws he prescribes, and the promises he makes unto his servants, but paramount to his own essential Equity. For it faith he hath ordained the greater part of mankind to destruction, merely for his own pleasure. It makes God like. an unwise Potter, who makes vellels on purpose to dash them in pieces. It teacheth, that of men, amongst whom he found no disparity, he hath elected some, and rejected others; and that he introduced a necessity of limning for the illustration of his glory.
It teacheth, that God sent Christ to reconcile men to himself, whom he loved with an uncbangeable love, before he decreed to give Chrilt for tbem : that he courts others to be reconciled, whom he hates immutably : that he calls them to repentance, enlightens them, gives them a talle of the heavenly gift, and zeal to do good works; and all this to serve for a golden chariot to conduct them with the more formality to a worse execution : that he binds some men to believe in Christ, for whoin he never died: that he invites them to a Covenant of Grace, 'and ties them to impossible conditions under it, that he may inflict the greater torments upon them; that some men's fins, (of what nature foever,) are privileges of their Adoption, confirmations of their Grace,
and pave their way to glory, being part of that medium conducing to the execution of the decree of Election in them.
: Befdes, this Do&rine empties hell of a part of its tor. ments, which consist in anguish and remorse of conscience, proceeding from reflexion upon loft advantages. Now this muft needs be taken away by that doctrine which implies that God's decree hath, from all eternity, set heaven, and sufficient means to lead to it, out of the reach of the Reprobate.
It renders God's Commands irrational; for though he commands the work to others, yet he must do it himself; and his Euges (Well done good and faithful servants,) are for such actions only as himself hath irresistibly produced, in men, who could not do otherwise.
The CALVINIST-CABINET UNLOCKED.
T Hase serioully considered Mr. Baxter's. Vindication of
the Synod of Dort, against the Examination of young Tilenus, and proceed to make some Remarks on every part of it.
The different Opinions of the Members of the Synod, one of them Antonius Walaus, states thus : There must be lonie common state pitched upon, out of which God made a segregation of mankind, by his eternal predestination, and diftris buted them into two classes, viz. of such as are to be saved, and such as are to be danned.
Touching this there are four Opinions. Either God confidered men, 1. As to be created; or 2. As created, and not fallen: or 3. As created and fallen in Adam; or 4. As rekored in Christ.
Here are three several Opinions acknowledged to be amongst the Calvinilts, viz. Supra-lapsarians of two sorts, and