Calvinism's 5 Points REFUTED!

by David J. Stewart | January 2011

       John Calvin was a total heretic (1509-1564). All of John Calvin's religious tenets are FALSE! These are commonly referred to today as the “5 points of Calvinism”; but they ought to be called “the 5 points of doctrines of devils.” Jesus told us to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES in John 5:39. It is tragic that millions of men and women today would rather search the minds of corrupt and misguided men; rather than SEARCH the inspired and incorruptible Word of God.

NONE of Calvin's teachings can be legitimized when the Light of God's Word is shone upon his works of darkness. Calvin taught 5 main heresies, which Pastor Curtis Hutson refutes.

Tragically, millions of misguided religious people today are following a modernist John Calvin—whose name is John MacArthur of GRACE TO YOU ministry. In the Afterward written by John MacArthur for the unscriptural book, THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM: DEFINED, DEFENDED AND DOCUMENTED, MacArthur openly states that he wholeheartedly agrees with the doctrines of John Calvin...

I am thankful for this timely revision of wonderful classic that has already been an immense blessing to countless thousands. Notwithstanding its success over the years, the only question that ultimately matters about the "five points of Calvinism" is whether these doctrines are biblical. This book has demonstrated (conclusively, in my judgment) that the "five points" are nothing more or less than what the Bible teaches. The doctrines of grace and divine sovereignty are the very lifeblood of the full and free salvation promised in the gospel.

Today Calvinism is being subjected to constant attack. Several recent, popular, published critiques have tried to discredit John Calvin the man, or they have unfairly blamed Calvinism for the dubious politics of the Reformation era. But the doctrines of Calvinistic soteriology must stand or fall by the test of Scripture, period.

Scripture speaks with absolute, unmistakable clarity on these vital issues: (1) Sinners are utterly helpless to redeem themselves or to contribute anything meritorious toward their own salvation (Rom 8:7-8). (2) God is sovereign in the exercise of His saving Will (Eph 1:4-5). (3) Christ died as a substitute who bore the full weight of God's wrath on behalf of His people, and his atoning work is efficacious for their salvation (Isa. 53:5). (4) God's saving purpose cannot be thwarted (John 6:37), meaning none of Christ's true sheep will ever be lost (John 10:27-29). That is because (5) God assures the perseverance of His elect (Jude 24; Phil 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5).

Those are the five points of Calvinism. I believe them not because of their historical pedigree, but because that is what Scripture teaches. ~John F. MacArthur Jr.

SOURCE: John F. MacArthur Jr.; quoted from, The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended and Documented; 2nd Edition: David Steele, Curtis Thomas, and Lance Quinn.

John MacArthur is the most prevalent teacher of the heresies of Calvinism today. Should it be surprising that Dr. MacArthur teaches Lordship Salvation? (i.e., the lie that a sinner must cease from committing sins and surrender one's life to Christ in order to be saved). MacArthur states in his book, HARD TO BELIEVE, page 93:

Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing. Salvation isn’t gained by reciting mere words. Saving faith transforms the heart, and that in turn transforms behavior. Faith’s fruit is seen in actions, not intentions. There’s no room for passive spectators: words without actions are empty and futile. Remember that what John saw in his vision of judgment was a Book of Life, not a book of Words or Book of Intellectual Musings. The life we live, not the words we speak, reveals whether our faith is authentic. [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.

At a glance, the preceding quote sounds impressive. It certainly seems proper to authenticate one's profession of faith with a life of good works. It appeals to our sinful human nature to attempt to please God by our own self-righteousness. Yet, the true nature of MacArthur's deadly teaching becomes more apparent when you only consider the first two lines of his quote...

“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing...”

Is that Biblical? No, it is not. MacArthur foolishly teaches that it is hard to become a Christian, because he says it will cost you your life of worldliness, sinful bad habits and selfish ambitions to make your faith valid. Clearly he does not believe that faith alone in Christ is enough to be saved. MacArthur deceitful says that mere words won't save, which is true if they are insincere words; however, the thief on the cross was saved immediately when he spoke the words, “Remember me” to Jesus (Luke 23:42). Why? It is because of his FAITH! We are saved BY FAITH. We are saved solely by faith in Christ, which may or may not be expressed by words. Words are not required to be saved. Praying a prayer is not required to be saved. We are saved the moment we believe (trust) in our heart that Jesus is the Christ Who died FOR OUR SINS on the cross, was buried, and bodily raised up from the dead three days later. This is “THE GOSPEL” (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).


Calvinism is the “Doctrines of Devils”

John MacArthur is very wrong in his teachings. All 5 points of Calvinism are a lie of the Devil. Woe unto those who are deceived by the heresies of John Calvin and John MacArthur!

Let's examine each of the 5 points of Calvinism and shine the Light of God's holy Word upon them. Let's “try” (test) the spirits as 1st John 4:1 tells us to do...

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1st John 4:1).

The Bible speaks of “doctrines of devils”...

1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

Any doctrine that contradicts the plain teachings of the Word of God is a doctrine (teaching) of devils. All of Calvinism's 5 points are demonic doctrines. An acronym that is commonly used to remember the 5 points of Calvinism is TULIP...

  1. T = TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MEN (Calvin taught that men are totally depraved, which is Biblical is the sense that all men are vile sinners, Romans 3:10,19-23. However, Calvin meant much more, teaching that men cannot come to God of their own free will for salvation. That is totally unscriptural. The Bible is abundantly clear that “WHOSOEVER” may come to Christ for salvation, Romans 10:13; Revelation 22:17. John MacArthur doesn't properly explain Calvin's teachings and whitewashes Calvin's evil doctrines).

  2. U = UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION (Calvin taught that God chooses who gets saved, and that person has no choice in the matter. This is ridiculous. The Bible again teaches the free will of man. Acts 17:30 commands ALL men everywhere to repent. Why would the Bible command “ALL MEN” to repent if God only chooses some to be saved?

  3. L = LIMITED ATONEMENT (Calvin taught that Jesus only died for those who would be saved. This is damnable heresy not taught in the Bible. repeatedly we are told that God loved “THE WORLD,” and that Christ died “FOR ALL MEN.” 2nd Peter 2:1 tells us that Jesus died for false prophets, “even denying the Lord that bought them).

  4. I = IRRESISTIBLE GRACE (Calvin taught that if God chooses a person to be saved, then God forces Himself upon that person, doing what it takes to make them comply with His will. Again, this violates the free will of humanity which God has given to each individual. Salvation is offered, not shoved down anyone's throat. If you want to reject God's gift of eternal life, as many do, then God will let you go to the Lake of Fire for ever. It is your choice alone to make! 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 pronounces judgment on them who disobey the gospel, i.e., reject the good news of Christ crucified, buried, and risen. If you trust upon Jesus Christ to forgive your sins—believing that He went to the cross for you to pay for your sins, was buried, and has risen, then you are saved). Eternal life is a free gift which is received, not achieved. It's not what were doing that gets us to heaven; it's where were looking... LOOK TO JESUS!

  5. P = PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS (Calvin unscripturally taught that those who are saved will persevere in holy living until the end. The Bible teaches the preservation of the saints; not the perseverance of the saints. Salvation is of the Lord, not man. Man has no part if God's salvation. We are saved by the imputed righteousness of Christ, 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:5-6. Charismatics and Lordship Salvationists have adopted Calvin's heresy on perseverance, teaching that salvation can either be lost by committing sin; or else that a person cannot be saved unless they are willing to stop committing sin. Calvin's teachings, all of them, negate the free gift of God).

Much more could be said in defense of the Scriptures, I have just shared a handful of powerful Scriptures with you. God NEVER chooses anyone for salvation, Scriptures such as Acts 17:30 make this abundantly clear (“...but now commandeth all men every where to repent”). Why would God command ALL men to repent if only certain men have been chosen for salvation? There really is NO debate concerning Arminianism, Calvinism, and Hyper-Calvinism if you simply take the Word of God at face value... they're all messed up! 

The Bible is so clear on all these matters. There are problems with all three views. Arminianism is wrong to teach that a person can lose salvation. Romans 5:15 declares that eternal life is a “FREE GIFT.” A gift CANNOT be taken back if it is freely given. Salvation is God's gift to man, paid for by the blood of Jesus (Romans 6:23; Colossians 1:14). Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism teach “limited atonement” and “selective salvation,” which are both Satanic lies. 1st John 2:2 couldn't be any clearer, “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Calvinism is unbiblical heresy! THE END

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“Can a man who's predestined to salvation really be lost before he is saved? If a man is predestined to salvation, why does he need to hear the Gospel? What would be the point?” —Pastor Yankee Arnold, pastor of Calvary Community Church in Tampa, Florida; "Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong?"

Calvinism lie = They believe, because they were chosen.
The truth = We were chosen, because we believe!

Biblical Predestination

Calvinist False Prophet Rolfe Barnard

Election Has NOTHING To Do With Hell (Dr. Bob Gray Sr.)

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Jesus died “FOR EVERY MAN” . . .

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 honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

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Luke 11:28, “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”

“Repentance don't save you! Calling on the Lord don't save you! You know what saves you? Receiving
what Christ done for you on the cross!”
—Pastor Danny Castle, a quote from the needful MP3 sermon, “WHY THERE'S A HELL.”

1st Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

“But I do believe we see the setting of a stage today, when action will begin when the Church is removed from this earth. Now the reason the date's not given here is that the Church is dateless, nameless, timeless. You see, we are heavenly people—have no name, but some of you folk thought it was Baptist, and some others of you thought that the name of the Church was Presbyterian, and even some of you thought it was Methodist, and some of you thought it was Independent; but I have news for you, the Church has no name!”

SOURCE: Pastor J. Vernon McGee, THRU-THE-BIBLE, Hosea 3:4.

“The Lord gave the word: great was the company
of those that published it.”
—Psalms 68:11

3rd John 1:8, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”


An Awesome Video Sermon by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980
The Sevenfold Sin of Those Who Do Not Win Souls

Getting Started Soul-Winning| MP3  (by Pastor Steven Anderson)

SOULWINNING| MP3 (by Pastor Danny Castle)

If you don't believe the Bible, you can either get right or die wrong!


Souls are Dying

Some Golden Daybreak (by Pastor Lee Roberson)

The 5 Points Of Calvinism Refuted (by Pastor Steven L. Anderson)

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The Imputed Righteousness Of Jesus Christ

Why Lordship Salvation Is Wrong!
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold)


“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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