Chapter 10. Of Effectual Calling

Read Chapter 10(Of Effectual Calling) of the Westminster Confession of Faith

1. All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time effectually to call,1by His Word and Spirit,2out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;3enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God,4taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh;5renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power determining them to that which is good,6and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ:7yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.8

2. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man,9who is altogether passive therein, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit,10he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.11

3. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ through the Spirit,12who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth:13so also, are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.14

4. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word,15and may have some common operations of the Spirit,16yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:17much 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 law of that religion they do profess.18And to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.19