What Hath Dort to do With Moscow? LET'S HAVE A DUEL!
Dort, 15 January, 1618 Stylo Novo
Gomarus owes the Synod a shrewd turn...as soon as Martinius has spoken, [Gomarus] starts up and tells the Synod...and therewithal casts his glove, and challenges Martinius...and requires the Synod to grant them a DUEL, adding that he knew Martinius could say nothing in refutation to his doctrine...
Zeal and Devotion had not so well allayed Gomarus his choler, but immediately after prayers he renewed his challenge and required combat with Martinius again, but they parted for that night without blows."
Your Honours Chaplain and Bounden In All Duty, Jo Hales.
I had to take a break and put this in. Gomarus wanted hand-to-hand combat with Martinius. On the floor of Synod, Gomarus challenged Martinius to combat via a Duel! What do you say to this? The crazy thing is, Martinius was not a Remonstrant--he was on Gomarus' side. Well, these controversies certainly bring out the worst in us. Any similarities?
How many FV proponents, and other divisive persons (who make little sense and cannot refute our arguments) would I like to Duel! Well, not really, but I would at least like to take them out on the basketball court for some one-on-one and settle it. At least I would be a bit more civilized than challenging to a Duel. If we learn anything from this, we see how easily our tempers flare and our sin so easily ensnares us.
THE GORDIAN KNOT
n. 1. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock. 2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
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