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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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Nay more, it is beyond all this, it implies a power that can do all things, an omnipotent power. Third, What arguments can be assigned, or reasons given, to evidence that this special saving grace cannot be totally and finally lost? 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.

In its property or nature. Those in whom the Lord hath put His spirit, let them live as they list, and I am very sure they will live godly lives. If the operation of the Spirit on the hearts of believers be a sure and certain operation, then true believers cannot totally and finally fall away. God dealt not so with other nations.

An Antidote Against Arminianism by Rev. Christopher Ness () | A Puritan’s Mind

Man is a poor changeable creature and changes his mind oftener than his garment, both from the darkness of his understanding and the perverseness of his will. And, secondly, from the example of the potter, who hath power over his pots, yet less than God over His creatures.

All those acts of grace are said to be in Christ, who hath blest us in Christ Eph. What is this but to prefer time before eternity, and to set up a post-destination instead of a predestination? They sin freely, yet cannot avoid it, but must sin. It is a marriage state, and that is for life too Ho 2: Nicholas Lockier, and Mr.


It was choosing love that He bare to them, and that is the best of the kind. arminuanism

The greatest agaisnt of spiritual gifts may decay to less than a drop, whereas the least drop of saving grace shall increase to a river. The Spirit blows where it listeth John 3: Argument is taken from God the Father in His electing love.

The final perseverance of the saints may be argued, arminoanism, from the unchangeableness of the covenant of grace. Their fleshly lusts cannot; which have not dominion over those that are under grace Romans 6: It is a service.

Faith is given once to the saints; as we are born but once, so but once again. It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. We are not to question the secret will of God but to pay attention to His revealed will. Thus men wickedly think antidotte God is such an one as themselves Psalms This is expressly declared in Scripture: The accomplishment of both these is granted to be in time, so may not be confounded with this eternal decree of God; these are but fruits and effects of that eternal decree.

The Divine decree of Predestination hath various properties; it is eternal, unchangeable, absolute, free, discriminating, and extensive.

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

Second, the potter doth not make this difference among his pots for any foreseen inherent goodness in his clay for the whole lump before him is of an equal temper and qualitybut from the pleasure of His own will. That is the favour which God bears to His people: Supra and Sub-lapsarianism, the difference between stated: And to say that the reason why one believes and another does not arises from the co-operation of the free-will of him that believeth, is to deny special irresistible grace as peculiar to the elect.


Predestination is the decree of God, by which according to the counsel of His own will He fore-ordained some of mankind to eternal life, and refused or passed by others; for the praise of His glorious mercy and justice. The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints will therefore be considered in this last chapter; and the position to be defended is: That the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit in conversion is not invincible but is suspended, or depends for its efficacy on the will of man.

Oh, who can order the ways of grace, and set bounds to the spirit of God in its breathings on man!

This grace differs not from glory in kind, but only in degree; grace is glory militant, as glory is grace triumphant. There is no new theology. Their names are written in Heaven Php 4: Second, our sanctification is from free grace.

God gave him knowledge in his understanding, rectitude. Common grace flows from Christ as a Redeemer, but not as their Redeemer; and from the Spirit of Christ assisting but not as indwelling.

The eleventh argument is taken from the subject of prayer. Delight in hearing the Word, as the stony ground hearer Matthew