The Works Of James Arminius Vol 1 by James Arminius
6. The same request is privately repeated to me, and my answer to it.
In addition to these different applications, I was privately desired, by certain ministers, |not to view it as a hardship to communicate my views and intentions to their colleagues, the brethren assembled in Synod:| while others intreated me |to disclose my views to them, that they might have an opportunity of pondering and examining them by themselves, in the fear of the Lord,| and they gave me an assurance |that they would not divulge any portion of the desired communication| To the first of these two classes, I gave in common my usual answer, |that they had no reason for demanding such an account from me, rather than from others, but to one of these ministers, who was not among the last of the two kinds of applicants, I proposed a conference at three different times, concerning all the articles of our religion; in which we might consider and devise the best means that could possibly be adopted for establishing the truth on the most solid foundation, and for completely refuting every species of falsehood. It was also a part of my offer that such conference should be held in the presence of certain of the principal men of our country; but he did not accept of this condition. To the rest of the inquirers, I returned various answers; in some of which I plainly denied what they requested of me, and in others, I made some disclosures to the inquirers. My sole rule in making such a distinction, was, the more intimate or distant degree of acquaintance which I had with the parties. In the mean time it frequently happened, that, a short time after I had thus revealed any thing in confidence to an individual, it was slanderously related to others -- how seriously soever he might have asserted in my presence, that what I had then imparted to him was, according to his judgment, agreeable to the truth, and although he had solemnly pledged his honour that he would on no account divulge it.