Puritan Board Junior
The canons of Dort are not my confession per se, but I know it is a summary of Reformd beliefs regarding soteriology. Here's something that quite honestly stunned me and I was wondering if I get some help.
My understanding of the covenant is there is a distinction between the inward reality, accomplished by Christ's blood, and the outward administration, figured in baptism. One can certainly be in the covenant who are not elect. But, correct me if I'm wrong, Dort seems to claim that infants of godly parents are necessarily elect by virtue of their parents? This obviously raises all kinds of problems for me, so I must be missing something.Article 17: The Salvation of the Infants of Believers
Since we must make judgments about God's will from his Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature but by virtue of the gracious covenant in which they together with their parents are included, godly parents ought not to doubt the election and salvation of their children whom God calls out of this life in infancy.