Westminster Confession of Faith
Of Effectual Calling
I. All those whom God hath predestinated unto life,
and those only, He is pleased, in His appointed time, effectually to
by His Word and Spirit, out of that
state of sin and death, in which they are by nature to grace and
salvation, by Jesus Christ;
enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the
things of God, taking away their
heart of stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh;
renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power, determining them to
that which is good, and effectually
drawing them to Jesus Christ: yet
so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.
II. This effectual call is of God's free and special
grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man,
who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by
the Holy Spirit, he is thereby
enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and
conveyed in it.
III. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are
regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit,
who works when, and where, and how He pleases:
so also are all other elect persons who are incapable of being outwardly
called by the ministry of the Word.
IV. Others, not elected, although they may be called
by the ministry of the Word, and
may have some common operations of the Spirit,
yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:
much 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 laws of that religion they do
profess. And to assert and
maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.
 Romans 8:30: "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified." Romans 11:7: "What then? Israel hath
not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained
it, and the rest were blinded." Ephesians 1:10-11: "That in the
dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all
things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even
in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will."
 II Thessalonians 2:13-14: "But we are bound to give thanks alway to
God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit
and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 3:3:
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ
ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the
living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
II Corinthians 3:6: "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new
testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth,
but the spirit giveth life."
 Romans 8:2: "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
made me free from the law of sin and death." Ephesians 2:1-5: "And you
hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time
past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the
prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the
flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as
others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he
loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together
with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)." II Timothy 1:9-10: "Who hath
saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our
works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in
Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and
hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."
 Acts 26:18: "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to
light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by
faith that is in me." I Corinthians 2:10: "But God hath revealed them
unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the
deep things of God." I Corinthians 2:12: "Now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know
the things that are freely given to us of God." Ephesians 1:17-18: "That
the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you
the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of
your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope
of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in
 Ezekiel 36:26: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your
flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh."
 Ezekiel 11:19: "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new
spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh,
and will give them an heart of flesh." Philippians 2:13: "For it is God
which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Deuteronomy 30:6: "And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and
the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live." Ezekiel 36:27: "And I
will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and
ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."
 Ephesians 1:19: "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to
usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." John
6:44-45: "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the
prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that
hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."
 Song of Solomon 1:4: "Draw me, we will run after thee." Psalm 110:3:
"Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of
holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth."
John 6:37: "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Romans 6:16-18: "Know ye not,
that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are
to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of
 II Timothy 1:9: "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose
and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."
Titus 3:4-5: "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour
toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Ephesians 2:4-5: "But God, who is rich
in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were
dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
saved). Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any
man should boast." Romans 9:11: "For the children being not yet born,
neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according
to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth."
 I Corinthians 2:14: "But the natural man receiveth not the things
of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Romans 8:7: "Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be." Ephesians 2:5: "Even when we were dead
in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
 John 6:37: "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Ezekiel 36:37: "Thus
saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of
Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock."
John 5:25: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now
is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that
hear shall live."
 Luke 18:15-16: "And they brought unto him also infants, that he
would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But
Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Acts
2:38-39: "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the
Lord our God shall call." John 3:3: "Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God." John 3:5: "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God." I John 5:12: "He that hath the
Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Romans 8:9: "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit
of Christ, he is none of his."
 John 3:8: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it
goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
 I John 5:12: "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not
the Son of God hath not life." Acts 4:12: "Neither is there salvation in
any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved."
 Matthew 22:14: "For many are called, but few are chosen."
 Matthew 7:22: "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in
thy name done many wonderful works?" Matthew 13:20-21: "But he that
received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the
word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself,
but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth
because of the word, by and by he is offended." Hebrew 6:4-5: "For it is
impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have
tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come."
 John 6:64-66: "But there are some of you that believe not. For
Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who
should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man
can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that
time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John
8:24: "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if
ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."
 Acts 4:12: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Ephesians 2:12: "That at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and
without God in the world." John 4:22: "Ye worship ye know not what: we
know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." John 17:3: "And
this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
 II John 1:9-11: "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of
Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you,
and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither
bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his
evil deeds." I Corinthians 16:22: "If any man love not the Lord Jesus
Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha." Galatians 1:6-8: "I marvel that
ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that
trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which
we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.