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Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1690

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Chap. x. Of Effectuall calling S

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ALL those whom God hath predestinated unto life and those only he is pleased in his appointed and accepted time effectually to call by his word and Spirit out of that estate of sin and death in which they are by nature to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ inlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God taking away their heart of stone and giving unto them an heart of flesh renewing their wills and by his almighty power determining them to that which is good and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ yet so as they come most freely being made willing by his grace

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THIS effectuall call is of Gods free and speciall grace alone not from any thing at all foreseen in man who is altogether passive therein untill being quickened and renewed by the holy Spirit he is thereby enabled to answer this call and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it

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ELECT infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit who worketh when and where and how he pleaseth so also are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the word

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OTHERS not elected although they may be called by the ministry of the word and may have some common operations of the Spirit yet they never truly come unto Christ and therefore cannot be saved much less can men not professing the Christian Religion be saved in any other way whatsoever be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature and the law of that religion they do profess and to assert and maintain that they may is very pernicious and to be detested

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