Calvinism Essay

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Since John Calvin first introduced the belief of election, it has caused debate among theologians
in many Protestant churches. John Calvin’s beliefs consisted of five general themes.
The first of the is the most important concept of understanding the beliefs of grace. Due to the
fall, man, in his spiritually dead state, is unable of himself to savingly believe the Gospel. The
sinner is totally dead, and cannot natural turn to the things of God, not seek Him. Man's is
deceitful and desperately corrupt. Man does not have free will; it is in complete bondage to his
evil and sinful nature; therefore, he will not--better yet, he cannot--choose good over evil in the
spiritual realm. Due to this state, it is only by the grace of God moving trough the Spirit to
regenerate a person's spiritual state. Therefore a desire to seek God and also faith to believe does
not begin and end with man, but it is a gift of God and evidence of His grace. There it is not
man, who chooses faith, but God. This doctrine relates to man's nature and not his actions, and it
says he is powerless in his own being to know God, to desire God, and to come to God
Unconditional Election- This one of the most debated God's choice of certain individuals unto
salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will. His choice
of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part, such as
faith, repentance, etc. On the contrary, God gives faith and repentance to each individual whom
He selected. These acts are the result, not the cause, of God's choice. Election therefore was not
determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man. Those whom
God sovereignty elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of
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