The Article sets forth that offers of salvation imply that it is within the power of natural men to accept or reject the grace of God. This is indisputable, since to offer to a person in dire necessity, advantages of which he could not by any possi­bility avail himself, would be to mock and insult him in the cruellest manner. If the Gospel is an effective offer of salva­tion, the character of God necessitates the belief that man is able to accept it, or it would never have been made.[1]

The absolute spiritual impotence of man, apart from the operations of the grace of God, has, however been amply demonstrated in Notes 1 and 6 to Article 10. Offers of salva­tion cannot be preached without implicitly denying these.

It is, therefore, a distinguishing feature of the Creed of the Strict and Particular Baptists to repudiate the doctrine of Offered Grace, not only because it has no authority in the word of God, but because it involves a contradiction to the testimony of the Bible to men’s real condition as lost and helpless sinners.

[1] The late John Gadsby, in a note to the last edition of the hymn-book of which he was the proprietor, points out that Watts’ well-known line, “Else we had still refused to taste,” involves the idea of an offer accepted or rejected, and contends that it should not be sung by those that love “the truth.”


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