dordt

The
Canons of Dordt

Introduction

The
Canons of Dordrecht, the third of our &quotForms
of Unity
,&quote (Heidelberg Catechism, Netherlands
or Belgic Confession of Faith
, and The Canons of Dordt), are unique
among our confessions in more than one respect. They are the only one
of our confessions which was actually composed by an ecclesiastical assembly,
the Great Synod of 1618-1619. born out of internal controversy in the
Reformed Churches of the Netherlands which was occasioned by the rise
of the Arminian heresy, the Canons are the expression of the Synod’s judgment
concerning the Five Points of the Remonstrance. This also explains the
fact that the Canons are divided into five chapters, maintaining the truths
of sovereign predestination, particular atonement, total depravity, irresistible
grace, and perseverance of saints. Because the Canons are an answer to
the Five Points of the Remonstrance, they set forth only certain aspects
of the truth rather than the whole body of the truth, as do our other
confessions. For this reason also the Canons are referred to in our Formula
of Subscription as “the explanation of some points” of the doctrine contained
in the Heidelberg Catechism and the Confession
of Faith
. There is attached to each chapter a Rejection of Errors,
which refutes various specific errors taught by the Arminians, and does
so on the basis of Scripture, so that in our Canons the truth is defined
negatively as well as positively. The Canons represent a consensus of
all the reformed churches of that day. For all the Reformed churches participated
in the work of the Synod of Dordrecht; and when the Canons were completed,
the foreign delegates as well as the Dutch delegates affirmed them by
their signatures. A service of thanksgiving to God followed upon the completion
of the Canons, a service at which it was thankfully remembered that the
Lord had preserved the Reformed Churches in the midst of a life-and-death
conflict, and had preserved for the churches the truth that salvation
is of the Lord alone.

Head
of Doctrine: Index 1 2
3 4 5
Conclusion

The
Canons of Dordt

FIRST
HEAD OF DOCTRINE

Of Divine Predestination

Articles 1, 2,
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8,
9, 10,
11, 12,
13, 14,
15, 16,
17, and 18

Rejections I, II,
III, IV,
V, VI, VII,
VIII, and IX

SECOND
HEAD OF DOCTRINE

Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby

Articles 1, 2,
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8,
and 9
Rejections I, II,
III, IV,
V, VI, and
VII

THIRD
AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE

Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God, and the Manner Thereof

Articles 1, 2,
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8,
9, 10,
11, 12,
13, 14,
15, 16,
and 17
Rejections I, II,
III, IV,
V, VI, VII,
VIII, and IX

FIFTH
HEAD OF DOCTRINE

Of the Perseverance of the Saints

Articles 1, 2,
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8,
9, 10,
11, 12,
13, 14,
and 15
Rejections I, II,
III, IV,
V, VI, VII,
VIII, and IX

CONCLUSION

Head
of Doctrine: Index 1 2
3 4 5
Conclusion