“Calvinism” is very popular and many Christians, though they would not identify themselves as Calvinists, may have embraced some of Calvin’s doctrine without realizing it. The doctrine is named after a man named John Calvin, a reformer, who lived in the 1500’s. Calvinism propagates error. Knowledge of error helps us to be discerning when listening to or reading Christian material. If a teacher is a Calvinist, all that they teach will be taught through the lens of Calvinism. The result of this Calvinistic “bent” will be teachings that are dangerously distorted.

This is just a simple outline of Calvinism . . .

T.U.L.I.P. is an acronym used by Calvinists to describe the main five points of Calvinism.

T stands for TOTAL DEPRAVITY – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that that man is so depraved and corrupt that he is not capable of making a choice to follow the Lord. It is taught that God is the one who predestines some to believe in Him and be born again, and predestines others not to believe in Him. The ones who are not predestined to believe will perish in hell. This doctrine denies free will. They say it doesn’t, but it does.

SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES that an individual has the God given ability to choose:

Matthew 11:20 “Then began he (Jesus) to UPBRAID the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:”

(UPBRAID – Find fault with, or reproach severely.

Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but YOU WERE NOT WILLING!” (NKJV)

Romans 1:18-20 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, FOR GOD HAS SHOWN IT TO THEM. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE,” (NKJV)

U stands for UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that some individuals are elected/chosen to salvation, and some are not. It is taught that God’s choices are unconditional.

SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES that Christ is the chosen, Christ is the elect. When we believe the gospel we are then called chosen and elect because we are “in Christ.” It’s not about us, it’s about Christ.

Matthew 12:18 “Behold my servant, whom I have CHOSEN; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.”

Luke 23:35 “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the CHOSEN of God.”

Isaiah 42:1 “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine ELECT, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”

L stands for LIMITED ATONEMENT – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that Christ’s atoning work on the cross was only for certain individuals.

SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES that Christ’s atonement is available to all people.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Luke 2:10 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL people.”

Luke 2:31 “Which thou hast prepared before the face of ALL people;”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely.”

I stands for IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that when God calls a person to salvation, that person cannot resist God’s call.

SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES that it is possible to resist the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 11:20 “Then began he (Jesus) to UPBRAID the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:”

(UPBRAID – Find fault with, or reproach severely.

Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but YOU WERE NOT WILLING! (NKJV)

Acts 7:51 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, YE DO ALWAYS RESIST THE HOLY GHOST: as your fathers did, so do ye.”

P stands for PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS (also known as “Once Saved Always Saved”) – This “Calvin” doctrine propagates the error that a person can never fall away from the faith.

SCRIPTURE CLEARLY TEACHES that it is possible to fall away from the faith.

John 8:31 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF YE CONTINUE in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

1 Timothy 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away CONCERNING FAITH HAVE MADE SHIPWRECK:”

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have KEPT THE FAITH:”

2 Peter 2:20-22 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have KNOWN the way of righteousness, than, after they have KNOWN it, to TURN from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is TURNED to his own vomit again; and the sow that WAS WASHED to her wallowing in the mire.”

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A Christian sister once said . . . “the Lord draws, but we have the free will to respond, or not to respond, to that drawing.”  True. We are not robots.  Also, with Calvinism, a person is left to wonder if they are one of God’s chosen ones. How can anyone ever have any peace wondering if they are one of God’s elect. Our peace comes from the atoning work of Christ on the cross. There is stability at the cross. There is nothing to wonder about. Jesus said “whosoever will” may freely receive salvation. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17 You can have peace and assurance that Christ is the chosen One, and when you believe in Him you are chosen in Him. This leaves the door to salvation open for all people, as God intended it to be, and as the scripture declares.

Believing truth, and continuing to do so, will give you peace because your assurance is firmly based upon Christ’s finished work of atonement. Understanding Calvinism helped me to understand that the doctrine of “once saved always saved” is a false doctrine. This was something I struggled with for many years. Why did it help me? Because I understood that the root of the “once saved always saved” teaching is Calvinism’s doctrine “irresistible grace.” The two are obviously connected. Error begets more error. As we have seen, it is possible to resist the Holy Ghost, and what a serious thing it is to do so.

Calvinistic teaching superimposes itself upon Scripture. It is man’s teaching, not God’s. I have written this because I love the Lord, and I love the brethren. False doctrine is harmful, and causes division among God’s people. My prayer is that we, the followers of Jesus Christ, will be guided into all truth. As the scripture says in John 16:13 “. . . when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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  1. Cathy says:

    There are those who teach that baptism is a work and therefore not for the church. This is false doctrine and is one of the errors taught by some dispensationalists. The bible teaches believer’s baptism …

    Also, it is true that the Lord is not done with the Jewish people, but it is in the same way that He is not done with anyone else. There are not two distinct people as dispensationalists teach. Believing Jewish people and believing Gentiles are grafted into the same olive tree, and ultimately the true Vine is Jesus Christ. This believing remnant is the true Israel of God.

    Consider the following Scriptures …

    Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

    Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    Ephesians 2
    11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
    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:
    13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
    14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
    17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
    18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
    19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
    20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

    Philippians 3
    1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
    2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
    3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
    4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
    5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
    6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
    7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
    8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
    9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
    10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
    11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
    12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
    13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
    14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
    15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
    16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
    17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
    18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
    19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
    20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
    21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    See also …

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    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment …

  2. Steve says:

    Great site.I am a Messianic Jew ,and my comment is many say Immersion-Baptism is a work,thus not included in salvation.Could it be a condition? Salvation truly is a gift. But we have to Believe- condition #1 we have to Repent – condition #2 we must confess condition #3 now here is where most of the world stops ??? could it be that Immersion-Baptism is condition # 4 ??? Acts 2:38 Arise and be Baptised and wash away your Sins ! Romans 6:4 We are burried with him in Baptism to walk in the newness of life ? For my Jewish people in the 1st covenant Immersion was for purification . Baptism means Immersion . The Great Commision Go and Teach And Baptise ??? Could you comment that Baptism may be just a part of the conditions as Belief ,Repentance,and Confession. And if not Why Not .
    Shalom ,,Baruch Ha Ba Ba ‘Shem Adoni Baruch Rabbi Yeshua Messiah ! (John 1:49)

  3. Cathy says:

    To tommichnay …

    Please see my comment above dated September 24 2009 …

  4. Cathy says:

    While at times I do allow opposing views, I will not post comments which contain teachings on Calvinism since I obviously believe Calvinism is false teaching and harmful to the Body of Christ. Someone once said that if you want to teach the opposing view (a view that is not scriptural) you are free to do so on your blog. I hope you understand.

  5. JM says:

    Your false objections have been answered below. What’s wrong?

  6. Cathy says:

    According to the Scriptures, Calvinism is clearly a false teaching. It is error. There is no peace or safety in error.

    On the other hand Scripture does teach that one can fall away from the faith.

    We do not have to deny the Scriptural truth that people can and do fall away from the faith in order to “know” we are going to heaven and to enjoy the peace that comes with that knowledge. There is peace and safety in truth.

  7. Brent says:

    A Calvinist cannot have true peace with God when he lays to sleep on his pillow, for he does not know if he really was chosen by God to be saved; perhaps his heart is deceiving him. An Arminian likewise cannot know true peace with God when he goes to sleep, for he does not know if he has lost his salvation or not.

    The scriptures, rather, teach that we can have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and that if we confess our sins (as Christians) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.

    Folks, let the simplicity of scripture speak. If the alarm bells start going off, the speaker or teacher or preacher has likely deviated from scripture. Go back to the Word yourself, like the Bereans of old, and see if these things be so.

    Acts 16:31 is good enough for me: Beleive on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” It worked for the Philippian jailer, it worked for me and it will work for you.

  8. Red Johnson says:

    Excellent webpage …. I have not been content in just finding out that the ‘Reformed faith is man made and therefore wrong’ – I wanted to find out why? It would appear that John Calvin aka Jean Chauvin was a cryptic-jew and possibly a plant (which does make sense in the light of his false doctrine … and Martin Luther was possibly a Rosicrucian which could well account for the factions and splintering of the Protestant church. It is well possible that the Reformation as history records was a diabolical and very clever plan to destabalise the ‘church’. Their success is momentous – however the ‘true church’ has and will survive as the head which is Jesus Christ as He said it will. I would love to hear from anyone who is going/gone this route in research, there is much I haven’t said. I really would enjoy having a chat.

  9. Byron says:

    The fact of the matter is Calvinist love to always preach the later half of Romans and John however Romans 1 and John 1 prove free will…you can’t just talk about Romans 9 and leave out of context Romans 1 and you can’t leave out John 1 when quoting john 6. scripture always interprets scripture…

  10. Cathy says:

    So very true.

    Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

    Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

    Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

    Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

    Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

    Romans 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

    Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

    Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

    Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

    Romans 6:16 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?

    Romans 6:17 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.

    Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

    Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

    Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

    Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  11. Dave says:

    Calvinism is appealing to those who do not want to be held accountable for his/her own actions. In certain ways it mirrors one of the largest growning religions Atheism. In similar fashion Atheists love their religion because they are not accountable for what they do and their is no penalty. They only need to abide in man’s law and finding loopholes is OK. Also they can break man’s law, and that is fine as long as they don’t get caught, again because there is no penalty. OSAS is a feel good teaching that will lead many to destruction. Once you are “saved”, you can do as you please. This philosophy is in direct line with the Satanist Aleister Crowley’s, “Do What Thou Wilst”.

  12. Elizabeth Burke says:


    Thank you for that. Tonight the police are dragging
    the river – but still I believe that with God all things are posssible. Unfortunately Ireland is currently overun with “health wealth & prosperity groups” in addition to the Calvinism. Many people
    are in denial of ill health – which in turn can lead to depression…
    Thanks again for all your prayers, Elizabeth

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