Interview with Liz Love on Fundamental Calvinism
Intro to Calvinism
Calvinism is a form of Protestantism that follows the practices of John Calvin as well as other theologians. They broke with the Roman Catholic Church but differed from the Lutherans on a number of theological subjects within Christianity. Although Calvinism is so named after John Calvin, it’s kind of misleading in that it has always been diverse with a wide range of influences other than J-Dog. Calvinism was actually named by the Lutherans who opposed the movement but many within the tradition of Calvinism preferred the term “Reformed.” The movement further divided into the Arminians and the Calvinists. If you would like more information on the history of calvinism, there is a link in the description.
Calvinists have unique views on Soteriology, which is just the basic salvation of one’s soul, and Predestination which are contained in the Five Points of Calvinism. Some also say that Calvinism stresses sovereignty or the rule of god in all things, in life and the afterlife. They claim that since god is an infinite being and we are finite beings therefore we cannot comprehend him. To Calvinists, we cannot know anything about god except through self-revelation via The Holy Bible. Anything that is not revealed through his autobiography is not sanctioned. Furthermore, anytime a preacher is speaking about God it should be considered the Word of God because god is said to be speaking through them. Since we are talking about fundamentalist calvinists tonight, they hold the view that the bible is inerrant and incapable of being false in every aspect of it. Some Presbyterians, who are included in the Calvinist theology, don’t accept this idea but rather they see parts of the bible being false and therefore not the inerrant word of god.
Five points of Calvinism
Calvinists have 5 points that they emphasize: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints. Total Depravity refers to everyone being enslaved to their sin and at heart everyone just wants to serve themselves. Unconditional Election refers to predestination as far as their afterlife goes. They believe that god has already chosen those that will enter heaven and no amount of good deeds or faith will get you in. Limited Atonement says that Jesus’ sacrifice was only meant for those it was intended for, and not for everyone in general. Irresistible Grace is the idea that for a chosen few, god has placed an irresistible need to believe in him. Perseverance of the Saints is the notion that god’s will can’t be shaken by humans so if you truly believe in god, then you will do so till the end. If you fall from the faith, then you were never a true believer #NoTrueScotsman. For even more indepth information on the exact views of Calvinists on the whole, please check the description for the appropriate links.
Tonight we are talking with Liz Love who was a Fundamental Calvinist for 22 years and also a Pastors Daughter. Her Grandparents are actually founders of a number of African Bible Colleges. She frequents the group Godless Mingle and is very active on Social Media. I would emplore anyone who is watching to check the description for a link to Godless Mingle if you are interested in the group.