December 28 – 1618 “Certainty of Grace” delivered by Scultetus at Synod of Dort
Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
The Synod of Dort met to decide the fate of the Arminians and their doctrine. Was it Reformed? Was it Biblical? On December 28 the Synod had dismissed the Arminians after hearing their case, but was in process of debating the substance. On that day, Abraham Scultetus, Court Preacher of Heidelberg, rose and gave a speech on “the Certainty of Grace”. He along with the vast majority of the Synod favored condemning the Arminians and reaffirming the Reformational truths of Election, Depravity, and Grace. Scultetus did not give a lecture nor a theological treatise in the “Certainty of Grace”, but rather spoke more as a sermon. He showed great skill at rhetoric and ended the sermon/speech by imploring the civil delegates and elder delegates not to allow the “Abomination of the Remonstrants” to remain in any part of the Netherlands. Many believe that Scultetus was one of the most influential non-Dutch members of the Synod. Scultetus understood the importance of the debate and how it was fundamentally a part of the gospel. Heresy is not to be tolerated in the church of God and Scultetus would not only speak on it, but live his life accordingly. So, by Christ’s grace, may we.
Dates taken from Good’s “Origin of the Reformed Church in Germany” pg. 360 and more details taken from “History of the Reformation and Other Ecclesiastical Transactions” pg.214
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