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The Unknown Reformer

You’ve probably never heard of Jacob Arminius, yet he played a pivotal role in restoring the vital truth of freedom of choice, which was lost during the Dark Ages.

By Henry Joseph Ware

“How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21.

He wasn’t a martyr. He never did anything heroic. He was no Luther, Huss, or Wycliffe. He was Jacob Hermanszoon, a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church and a professor at the University of Leiden. He played an important part in the chain of events that restored truths lost during the Dark Ages.

So much truth had been forgotten during that dark millennium that God could only replace error with truth gradually—as His people could handle only small amounts of light at a time. An example of this is God’s use of the Reformer John Calvin. Today, we are hard on him for his views on predestination—the belief that God alone decides whether a person will be saved, and that humans have no

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  1. Reprinted from Hartland Ministry Report, Feb-March, 2009. Used with permission.