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History of how Calvinism
- Because of the widespread influence of Calvinism, this is
perhaps one of the most important studies a Christian can ever
en age in. It is essential to become familiar with these false
doctrines so that one will not be led astray. To that noble end,
this effort is dedicated.
- History of the Christian Church Vol II P 246 Philip Schaff,
"It was the universal faith of the church that man was made
in the image of God, pure and holy, and fell by his won guilt.
But the extent of sin and the consequences of the fall were not
fully discussed before the Pelagius-Augustine controversy in the
- John Calvin was born in France on July 10, 1509. As a result
of his study of the Greek New Testament, Calvin became dissatisfied
with and left the Catholic church. Through his influence and teaching,
he became the founder of the doctrinal system known as Calvinism.
- Calvin did not technically establish a denomination during
his lifetime. However, his theology is the basis for the modern
day Presbyterian church.
- It is somewhat difficult to find a classic five point Calvinist
these days. However, almost every religious denomination has adopted
a Calvinisticlike theology. Even some of the cults have
accepted some Calvinistic principles. The Jehovah's Witnesses,
for example, believe in the concept of inherited sin.
- ISBE, 1979, Depraved. "In the history of theology
mankind's depravity has been interpreted as coming from Adam.
Augustine, (354-430AD) credited with formulating the concept of
original sin, held that Adam's fall corrupted man, making the
human race a mass of sin. Man inherited both the tendency to sin
and the guilt for Adam's sin for in him the entire race sinned.
- Britannica 1979 VII, Pg837-8, "Pelagianism...(Palagius
370-440AD) rejecting the arguments of those who claimed that they
sinned because of human weakness, he insisted that God made human
beings free to choose between good and evil and that sin is voluntary.
Celestius, a disciple of Pelagius, denied the church's doctrine
of original sin and the necessity of infant Baptism" "He
(Pelagius) blamed Rome's moral laxity on the doctrine of divine
grace (as taught by Augustine) He attacked this teaching on the
grounds that it imperilled the entire moral law. He thus reasoned
that if a man were not himself responsible for his good and evil
deeds, there was nothing to restrain him from indulgence in sin.
Pelagus soon gained a considerable following at Rome"
- Calvinism: "A comprehensive theological system chiefly
distinguished by its view of God and His relationship to man.
The name of the system is derived from John Calvin's surname..."
The five points of Calvinism P1.
- "Calvin's name was given to a religious system of which
he was truly the champion but not the founder." F.T.Puckett
- Calvin accurately taught the correct concept of man before
the fall: "Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom and
power to will and to do that which is good and well-pleasing to
God; but yet mutably, so that he might fall from it." "God
has endued that will of man with that natural liberty and power
of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced for, by any necessity
of nature, determined to do good or evil." (Westminster Confession
of Faith) This freewill nature of man did not change when Adam
and Eve sinned but is the same today.
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