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Confession of Faith
Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling

4. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word,1 and may have some common operations of the Spirit,2 yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:3 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 laws of that religion they do profess.4 And, to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.5

  1. Matthew 22:14

    For many are called, but few are chosen.” (ESV)

  2. Matthew 7:22

    On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’

    Matthew 13:20-21

    As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.

    Hebrews 6:4-5

    For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, (ESV)

  3. John 6:64-66

    But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

    After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.

    John 8:24

    I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (ESV)

  4. Acts 4:12

    And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

    John 14:6

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    Ephesians 2:12

    remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

    John 4:22

    You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

    John 17:3

    And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (ESV)

  5. 2 John 1:9-11

    Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

    1 Corinthians 16:22

    If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

    Galatians 1:6-8

    I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (ESV)


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Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.