Predestination/Election Quiz

Reformed Christians are accused of many false and foolish things regarding the doctrine of predestination. Here is a short list. Do you hold to any of these errors? Take a close look.
1. The doctrine of predestination and related subjects, by its very character and tendency, turns the hearts of men away from all godliness and religion.
2. It is an opiate for the flesh administered by the devil, and a stronghold of Satan, where he lies in wait for all, wounds multitudes, and mortally pierces many with the darts both of despair and false security.
3. It makes God the author of sin, an unjust tyrant and hypocrite; and is nothing more than a renewed Stoicism, Manichaeism, Libertinism, and Mohammedanism.
4. It leads to sinful carelessness, since it makes people believe that nothing can prevent the salvation of the elect, no matter how they live, and that, therefore, they may safely commit the most atrocious crimes. On the other hand, it would not in the least contribute to the salvation of the reprobate, even if they had performed all the works of the saints.
5. The same doctrine teaches that God has predestined and created the greatest part of the world for eternal damnation by a mere arbitrary act of His will, without taking into account any sin.
6. In the same manner in which election is the source and cause of faith and good works, reprobation is the cause of unbelief and ungodliness.
7. Many innocent children of believers are torn from their mothers’ breasts and tyrannically thrown into hell, so that neither the blood of Christ nor their baptism nor the prayers of the church at their baptism can be of any help to them.

Does your thinking about predestination lead you to these false conclusions? The famous Synod of Dort 1618-19 rejects all of the above false notions and states boldly:

“And there are many more teachings of this kind which the Reformed churches not only do not confess but even detest wholeheartedly.”