Limited Atonement

Calvinism consists of theological doctrines which use words found in the Bible. However, Calvinism consistently redefines those words, takes them out of context, applies the doctrines inappropriately, exaggerates the meaning of the words to the extreme, or in some other way distorts the Word of God to match the theology written by John Calvin in his book, Institutes of the Christian Religion. The following is a typical definition of Limited Atonement, the Third Point of Calvinism, written by one of the popular Calvinist authors.

Limited Atonement

"Christ's redeeming work was intended to save the elect only and actually secured salvation for them. His death was substitutionary endurance of the penalty of sin in the place of certain specified sinners. In addition to putting away the sins of His people, Christ's redemption secured everything necessary for their salvation, including faith which unites them to Him. The gift of faith is infallibly applied by the Spirit to all for whom Christ died, therefore guaranteeing their salvation."

Some Calvinists try to make an excuse for John Calvin by claiming he recanted his doctrine of Limited Atonement in the later years of his life and in his last will and testament. These Calvinists admit Limited Atonement is heretical doctrine and attempt to revise Calvin's theology after his death. Their claims are fake. John Calvin stuck to his false doctrines as presented in his book, Institutes, and his followers proceeded to publish his doctrines in their Geneva Bible many years after his death. These Five Points present the same doctrine John Calvin taught.

At first glance one would think that John Calvin's theology of Limited Atonement was an argument between the position that Christ died for the sins of all men and the Calvinist's position that Christ died only for the sins of some whom Calvin calls the elect. However, there is a much deeper problem with Limited Atonement in that John Calvin did not understand the full gospel and salvation. Calvin did not go beyond the cross in understanding the gospel. This is why the Five Points of Calvinism do not contain a reference to the resurrection of Christ, and many modern day Calvinists fail to mention the resurrection in their personal statement of faith. Apparently they do not recognize or understand the importance of the resurrection in salvation. Calvinists equate acceptance of Christ's death on the cross with the full requirement for salvation and disregard His resurrection as the final requirement in salvation. This is a very serious error in John Calvin's theology and shows his failure to understand the primary doctrine of the Bible, the gospel, which is clearly stated in the Romans 5:10.

Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (resurrection).

Scripture does not teach that salvation is accomplished by having one's sins forgiven. Calvinists teach the false doctrine of effectual forgiveness. They teach that sins are not forgiven until one believes Jesus died for their sins. They falsely believe that having one's sins forgiven equates to being saved. The effectual forgiveness doctrine is not in the Bible. Actually, the Bible teaches just the opposite. While we were enemies of God (meaning unsaved) we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son. It does not require faith to be reconciled to God as many churches falsely teach. Reconciliation does not mean one is saved as these churches teach. It means the enmity between man and God as a result of Adam's transgressions has been reversed. One is saved by faith in the resurrection of Jesus. We are saved by His resurrected life. The correct answer can be found in reading Romans 5:10 above.

In Romans 4:25 we see the separation between the forgiveness of sin and salvation. Jesus was delivered up and crucified for the forgiveness of our sin, and He was raised from the dead to provide the way of salvation. The only sin which has not been forgiven is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. This has been called by some as the "unforgivable sin."

Romans 4:25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

The Apostle Paul stressed the importance of the resurrection again in 1 Corinthians 15:13-27, "If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!"

1 Corinthians 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching [is] empty and your faith [is] also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if [the] dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith [is] futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man [came] death, by Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those [who] [are] Christ's at His coming. 24 Then [comes] the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death. 27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under [Him]," [it] [is] evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

Peter also taught that we are saved through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

The New King James Bible does not contain the words "atonement", "atoned" or "atone" in the New Testament. It simply is not there. The Israelites "atoned" for their sins in the sacrifice of animals. Each person had to offer his own animal as an atonement. Atonement is the appeasement of past sins, not the removal of all sins. Atonement is an Old Testament doctrine that is not in the New Testament.

Jesus' death on the cross removed forever the sins of all mankind and reconciled the spiritual division between God and man caused by the fall. His resurrection provided our access to God, for He became our advocate before the throne of grace. These verses are contradictory to the erroneous doctrine of John Calvin that Jesus died only for those He chooses to save, otherwise known as Limited Atonement. We are saved by His life or faith in His resurrection not by His death on the cross alone. The doctrine of Limited Atonement is an incomplete and inaccurate definition of salvation. God desires all men to be saved and Jesus Christ gave Himself a ransom for all. Neither confession nor baptism provide the forgiveness of sins because that was done at the cross for all mankind when Jesus died. Rather, salvation is by individual faith in the total redemptive work done by Jesus Christ including His death, burial, and resurrection. Everyone is potentially saved, but nobody is actually saved until he recognizes that he is a sinner, believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the sin debt, believes that Jesus rose from the grave to make intercession for him with God, trusts Him completely for salvation and receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in regeneration. The term salvation by grace is used by the Apostle Paul to denote that the Gentiles could be saved apart from the Law of Moses and circumcision in this Dispensation of Grace, or Church Age.

John Calvin's Incomplete Gospel

Calvinists falsely state that the Five Points of Calvinism, T-U-L-I-P, is the gospel. John Calvin's incomplete understanding of the gospel is exposed in his doctrine of Limited Atonement, and Calvinists continue to equate the cross alone with salvation. Calvinists teach that reading the following verses as written equates to universal salvation. They erroneously interpret these Scriptures because of their lack of understanding of the gospel.

1 Timothy 2:3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For [there] [is] one God and one Mediator between God and men, [the] Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Timothy 4:10 For to this [end] we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is [the] Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Hebrews 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for] [all].

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light."

Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ as clearly stated in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. This scripture soundly shows Calvin's doctrine of Limited Atonement to be false.

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all things [are] of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Christ did give Himself as a ransom for all because all mankind has been reconciled to God by His death. However, this does not equal salvation as stated in the incomplete Calvinistic doctrine of Limited Atonement. Christ removed the sins of all mankind and was raised from the dead to provide life, which is salvation. John Calvin taught a false gospel which leaves his own salvation in serious jeopardy.

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

Calvinism Negates the Cross of Christ

The doctrines of John Calvin make the death of Jesus Christ upon the cruel cross as unnecessary and ineffective. Calvin taught that some people are elected for salvation by God from eternity past, and Calvin's definition of God's sovereignty, foreknowledge, and predestination makes this salvation absolutely assured prior to the crucifixion of Christ. Salvation is forced upon the selected people against their will and leaves them with no way to avoid or reject their election. Therefore, why was Jesus crucified? Calvinism does not require a Savior. Perhaps this is why John Calvin trusted in his Catholic infant baptism for his salvation.

Calvin's False Gospel Is Warned Against In Scripture

The Five Points of Calvinism are a different gospel than presented in Scripture. The penalty for making this error is enormous and has sent millions of souls to hell in eternal torment. Therefore, the Calvinist should not dismiss this warning lightly as his eternal destiny may be at stake.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Christ's Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection is the Full Gospel

The world, as used in John 1:29; 4:42 and 1 John 4:14, means sinners who are God-hating, Christ-rejecting, and Satan-dominated. Yet, that is the world for which Christ died. In Luke 23:34 Jesus asked the Father to forgive those who were about to crucify Him. These people were not believers nor were they followers of Jesus. Certainly Jesus' prayer was in the will of the Father and answered as Jesus requested.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

John 4:42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard [Him] and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son [as] Savior of the world.

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."

Notice that 1 John 2:1 does not say that if anyone repents, he has an Advocate nor if anyone confesses his sins, he has an Advocate, Jesus Christ. Neither does he say that if anyone goes through a ceremony of baptism to get rid of his sins, he has an Advocate. John says that if any man sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, and we know from other Scripture that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Calvinists interpret 1 John 2:2 above to mean not the whole world but the whole of saved mankind. This interpretation is difficult in light of Romans 5:10 below which states that when we were enemies we were reconciled to God. Paul speaks of enemies as lost persons and reconciled as meaning the forgiveness of sins and restoration of the spiritual division caused by the fall. Romans 5:10 clearly states that this was accomplished through the death of His Son, Jesus, on the cross.

Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Christ died for the ungodly and everyone is ungodly; therefore, Christ died for everyone as stated in Romans 5:6 below. The Bible teaches that Christ died for sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; Romans 5:8). The word "sinners" nowhere means "church" or "the elect," but simply all of lost mankind. Christ Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:6). The Bible clearly teaches that Christ died for all mankind, and the gospel is clearly offered and equally available to all. Scripture states that God desires all to be saved. These Scriptures easily refute the false doctrine of John Calvin that Jesus died only for some and all the rest are predestined to eternal torment. Calvin's theology of Limited Atonement is clearly shown to be false.

Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Timothy 1:15 This [is] a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

1 Timothy 2:6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Likewise, Ephesians 2:13 below says, "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Notice that the ones far off means all Gentiles were without hope but were "brought near" by Jesus' shed blood. The Gentiles were forced to remain in a separate section in the Temple far off to the side because the promises and covenants given to Israel were not meant for them. The meaning of "brought near" most certainly does not mean final salvation. It means that the way was prepared for the next step in the road to salvation.

Ephesians 2:15-16 tells us that the Mosaic Law has also been abolished by Christ's death and both Jew and Gentile have been reconciled to God the same way. Ephesians 2:15 "having abolished in His flesh the enmity, [that] [is], the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man [from] the two, [thus] making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity."

Ephesians 2:11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-- 12 that at that time you 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 you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, [that] [is], the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man [from] the two, [thus] making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Romans 4:24 is another verse stating the same doctrine which is the complete gospel.

Romans 4:24 It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

The false teachers in 2 Peter 2:1 are clearly unsaved and have brought upon themselves swift destruction because of their blaspheming the truth and denying the Lord. Yet, they are said to be denying the "Lord who bought them." The verse indicates that Jesus paid for their sins upon the cross even though they are not saved.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, [and] bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

In 1 Timothy 2:4 above we see that God "desires all men to be saved" and in 1 Timothy 2:6 we see that Jesus "gave Himself a ransom for all." Therefore, we must conclude that the sins of ALL mankind were removed and placed upon Jesus on the cross. Because God desires all men to be saved and Jesus gave Himself a ransom for the sins of all mankind, we must conclude that having one's sins forgiven does not insure salvation. Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all but all are not saved.

Hebrews 2:9 above says that "Jesus tasted death for everyone."

Many Bible students may recall verses spoken by John The Baptist, Jesus Himself or others which suggest that one must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Those verses were true for those who heard them in that day, but they are not true for us today in this Dispensation of Grace or Church Age. The forgiveness of sins provided to mankind by Jesus' death on the cross occurred at His death and did not apply before His death.

Matthew 3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Matthew 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

The forgiveness of sins does not mean that all mankind has been saved from the torment of an eternal hell as believed by many cults and universalists. Having one's sins forgiven does not equal salvation.

Those who teach John Calvin's doctrine of Limited Atonement are teaching an incomplete and inaccurate gospel. They believe that Christ's death on the cross alone provides salvation and therefore applies only to some. The Scriptures teach salvation is by His entire redemptive work, specifically faith in His resurrection which gives us eternal life (regeneration).

Scripture does not teach that salvation is accomplished by having one's sins forgiven. The correct answer can be found in reading all of Romans 4:25 and 5:10 and the following Scriptures which state that salvation is the result of faith in Christ's resurrection.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (KJV)

Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 10:9-10 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it] [is] the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

1 Corinthians 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching [is] empty and your faith [is] also empty.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man [came] death, by Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Luke 23:42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

In Romans 4:25 above we see the difference between the forgiveness of sin and salvation. Jesus was delivered up and crucified for the forgiveness of our sin, and He was raised from the dead to provide the way of salvation. The only sin which has not been forgiven is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. This has been called by some as the "unpardonable sin."

In Christ all shall be made alive because of His resurrection from the dead as stated in 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 above. Salvation is described as receiving life (1 Corinthians 15:22) when one's name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

One of the two thieves crucified on his cross next to Jesus Christ was saved by his faith in the soon to come resurrection of Christ when he said in Luke 23:42 above, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." This is another clear example which shows that faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basic requirement for salvation.

The Apostle Peter preached the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost in Act 2 and those who believed were saved.

Acts 2:30 "Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 "he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 "Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

We are given a very clear description of salvation in Romans 10:9-10 above. It does not mention having one's sins forgiven, asking Jesus into one's heart or being baptized. Salvation is obtained by believing in one's heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead. The heart is symbolic of having true faith as the basis for salvation and not just empty verbal expression. We must confess our sin in the admission that we need a savior, but the confession of sins does not fulfill the requirement for salvation. We must confess faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. Likewise, Romans 5:10 says that we are saved by His life. This means that salvation is obtained by faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 gives a detailed description of the gospel. Some like to quote Bible verses about salvation that were written prior to Jesus' death and resurrection. These verses were applicable at that time for those people but are not applicable to us today in this Dispensation of Grace or Church Age. They are applicable only if one interprets faith in Jesus as including His death, burial, and resurrection for complete justification.

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith based upon the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all mankind by His death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead provides salvation to all who believe. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ through faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God.

We must also conclude that salvation is only possible by faith in the true Jesus of the Bible. Jesus is fully God and became a man in order to fulfill God's plan of salvation for us. Jesus is God who was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). Faith in a Jesus by some other definition does not result in salvation.

We believe in one God who is a personal and eternal Spirit, perfect and unchangeable in all His attributes. This one God eternally exists in three persons, impossible of division but capable of distinction as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All have precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and are worthy of precisely the same homage, faith, and obedience.

Calvinists certainly do believe that "Jesus" died for their sins, but the "Jesus" of Calvinism is not Jesus Christ, son of God, as presented to us in the Bible. The false "Jesus" of John Calvin died only for the "elect" (people who believe in John Calvin), but the true Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, took upon Himself the sins of the whole world.

The Dutch Church convened the Synod of Dordrecht in 1610 to resolve the dispute between Remonstrants (followers of Jacob Arminius) and the Reformed Church (followers of John Calvin) concerning the correct interpretation of the Bible. In the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands, Jacob Arminius began to teach doctrines contrary to the Reformed faith. The Remonstrants drew up five statements of doctrine in which they set forth their own views. The Calvinists answered the Five Points of the Arminians with their own, which has come to be known as the Five Points of Calvinism. The approval of the Calvinist position was sealed by a prejudiced Synod before it began, and the Calvinists relished the victory by murdering many of their opponents as they fled for their lives. This appeared to be a great victory for Calvinism at the time, but it has since been shown to have been the high point in their theological domination. Calvinism has continued to decline over the centuries because John Calvin's technique of terror is no longer allowed for the spread of his theology.

The Five Points of Calvinism which form the acrostic T-U-L-I-P will be shown here to distort and blaspheme the true attributes of God, the true nature of man and the Holy Scriptures.

Total Depravity

Unconditional Election

Limited Atonement

Irresistible Grace

Perseverance of the Saints

John Calvin

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