Hymns by Charles Wesley
Against God’s Sovereign
(1) Oh Horrible Decree
Worthy of whence it came!
Forgive their hellish blasphemy
Who charge it on the Lamb.
The righteous God consigned
Them over to their doom,
And sent the Saviour of mankind
To damn them from the womb;
To damn for falling short
Of what they could not do
For not believing the report
Of that which was not true.
(2) God, ever merciful and just
With newborn babes did Tophet fill;
Down into endless torments thrust;
Merely to show His sovereign will.
This is that ‘Horrible Decree!’
This that wisdom from beneath!
God (O detect the blasphemy)
Hath pleasure in the sinner’s death.
Part of the "Conclusion"
of the Canons of Dordt (1618-1619)
This doctrine, the Synod judges to be drawn from the
Word of God, and to be agreeable to the confessions
of the Reformed churches. Whence it clearly appears,
that some whom such conduct by no means became, have
violated all truth, equity, and charity, in wishing
to persuade the public that … the same doctrine
teaches, that God, by a mere arbitrary act of his
will, without the least respect or view to sin, has
predestinated the greatest part of the world to
eternal damnation; and, has created them for this
very purpose; that in the same manner in which the
election is the fountain and cause of faith and good
works, reprobation is the cause of unbelief and
impiety; that many children of the faithful are
torn, guiltless, from their mothers’ breasts, and
tyrannically plunged into hell; so that, neither
baptism, nor the prayers of the Church at their
baptism, can at all profit by them; and many other
things of the same kind, which the Reformed Churches
not only do not acknowledge, but even detest with
their whole soul … Moreover, the Synod warns
calumniators themselves, to consider the terrible
judgment of God which awaits them, for bearing false
witness against the confessions of so many Churches,
for distressing the consciences of the weak; and for
labouring to render suspected the society of the
truly faithful …