Calvinism: Wednesday's Word Of The Week

The Lutheran Lexicon

Calvinism is a theological system that has its roots in the teachings of John Calvin.  The center of Calvinist theology is God's sovereign will manifested for His Glory.

The fundamental teachings of Calvinism are as follows:
  1. Total Depravity: Mankind is totally sinful.
  2. Unconditional Election: Salvation has no conditions from man.
  3. Limited Atonement: The death of Christ was to save only the elect.
  4. Irresistible Grace: God's election cannot be resisted
  5. Perseverance of the Saints: Once saved, always saved.

Calvinism differs from Lutheran teaching in that the center of Lutheran theology is not found in God's sovereign will but in the cross.  Nearly all the protestant denominations that are not Lutheran are a result of Calvin's teachings and are influenced in some way by Calvinism.  Take note of Arminianism.

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