An easy to read, but totally devastating attack against the heresy of Arminianism. Recommended reading by John Owen, John Gill, and Augustus Toplady. An Antidote Against Arminianism: Or A Treatise To Enervate And Confute All The Five Points Thereof () [Christopher Ness] on *FREE*. AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST ARMINIANISM or A Treatise to Enervate and Confute all the Five Points thereof [By Christopher Ness] on *FREE*.

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Every thing hath its accomplishment in time, which was decreed to fall out from all eternity. Common grace aggravates condemnation.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness (1621-1705)

He was happy in Himself from all eternity; would have been happy for ever without either of these; and to affirm that God stood in need of any such objects is to deny the perfections of God. What then cast the balance? Satan cannot; for that wicked one cannot touch them with any of his deadly touches 1Jo 5: This little book hath cost me great study and labour to compose it, that it might contain the very cream and quintessence of the best Authors on this subject.

It requires as much power to raise, quicken, and make alive a sinner dead in trespasses and sins, as to raise Christ from the dead Eph. If those that fall totally and finally be not nor ever were true believers, then it follows that such as are true believers cannot do so. In he had to conceal himself from the officers of the crown, who had a warrant for his arrest on the charge of publishing an elegy on the death of his friend John Partridge, another Nonconformist minister.

The apostle 2Pe 2: An antidote against Arminianism, or, A succinct discourse to enervate and confute all the five points thereof to wit, predestination grounded upon man’s foreseen works, universal redemption, sufficient grace is all, the power of man’s free-will in conversion, and the possibility of true saints falling away totally and finally: If to all generations, then predestinating love is an inexhaustible fountain!


The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints will therefore be considered in this last chapter; and the position to be defended is: Evangelical repentance is the gift of free grace; faith is the gift of God.

As reprobation gives not such a grace as infallibly to make them better, so it works nothing in them by which they are made worse. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions.

But Paul was ignorant, and these men are wiser than the Holy Ghost; for he tells us that our election proceedeth from the will of the Elector, and not from anything in the elected. A conditional decree makes a conditional God, since the decree is God Himself decreeing.

That there is no free-will to good in the fallen estate, is proved from the Fall itself; if man, in the Fall, lost his free-will to good, then it cannot be found in the fallen estate. In the fallen estate. The Arminian tenet, that Christ died for all men, proved to be erroneous, and ten reasons produced for its rejection.

These agajnst the petitions of the believing soul, who is convinced antidotte his strength is perfect in weakness, his wisdom is folly in the abstract, and that he is not safe from falling one moment but as supported by the arm of Omnipotence.

What is it to fall totally and finally?

Twelve Reasons assigned why the chosen of God cannot totally and finally fall away from that Grace. Wait then, my soul, submissive wait, Prostrate before His awful seat, And, midst the terrors of His rod, Trust in a wise and gracious God. Christ was believed on in the world of believers only 1Ti 3: We are not to question the secret will of God but to pay attention to His revealed will. The world cannot; for Christ gives them faith to conquer the world 1Jo 5: This is made evident by sundry reasons, as: And that little book was not shut nor sealed, but it was open.


God doth not decree the end without the means, nor the means without the end, but both together. Then let us learn submission to the will of God.

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Suppose we grant this position, would not the doctrine of discriminating love be thereby destroyed? God honours our sealing to His truth by His sealing with His Spirit; as the earnest makes the bargain, so the seal ratifies and confirms it. Whatever God thinks He ever thought, and always doth and will think. againstt

That which makes election an action of debt ought not to be received; and the conditional decree doth this. Delight in hearing the Word, as the stony ground hearer Matthew How much more the Word of the God of truth that cannot lie?

Freedom ahainst radically and originally in the will, not in the understanding; and it is an essential property of it, that it cannot be compelled by any created external agent, in its own free choice.