It is amazing how frequently Calvinists pretend friendship with the Council of Orange. Well-known apologists such as John Calvin, John Hendryx, Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, Dr. R. Scott Clark, continue to sing the praises of this Council.
I wonder how many Calvinists have actually read the canons of the Council of Orange.
Imagine how silly it would be for a 5-point Calvinist to sing the praises of quotes like these:
- “all baptized persons have the ability . . . to perform with the aid and cooperation of Christ what is of essential importance in regard to the salvation of their soul.”
- “God himself first inspires in us both faith in him and love for him without any previous good works of our own that deserve reward, so that we may both faithfully seek the sacrament of baptism, and after baptism be able by his help to do what is pleasing to him.”
- “We not only do not believe that any are foreordained to evil by the power of God, but even state with utter abhorrence that if there are those who want to believe so evil a thing, they are anathema.”
These quotes are directly from the Council of Orange (529 A.D.), and they contradict Calvinist doctrine in no uncertain terms. While Calvinism teaches that all people have a total inability to cooperate with Christ for their salvation, the Council of Orange states that “all baptized persons have the ability” to cooperate with Christ. And while John Calvin himself taught that there are men foreordained to evil by the power of God, the Council of Orange explicitly anathematizes this view.
Since the Council of Orange contradicts Calvinism, it might be wise for Calvinists to stop referring to it so much.