Calvinism is the theological system of John Calvin who exerted international influence on the development of the doctrine of the Protestant Reformation. Calvin and his followers marked by strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of mankind, and the doctrine of predestination. This system was developed as a biblical Christianity. It was spread to countries such as Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, England and America. Calvinism spread rapidly, and became the basis for many Protestant denominations. This includes the Swiss Reformed Church, The Dutch Reformed Church, The English Puritans, The French Huguenots, The Presbyterian and Congregational Churches, The Baptist Churches, and through them the Pentecostal Churches and Assemblies of God. Jansenism, a Catholic form of Calvinism, was thought to be as unorthodox in 1653.
The central assertion of Calvinism canons is that God is able to save you from sin, from guilt and the fear of death; everyone is willing to receive God’s mercy. God is not frustrated by the ungodliness or the incapability of men because it is the unrighteous and the helpless that he intends to save. In Calvinism; man, in your state of innocence, had freedom and power to will and to do that, which is good and pleasing to God; but yet it may change, so that God might fall from it. This concept of free choice makes Calvinism to stand supreme among all the religious systems of the world. The great men of our country often were members of Calvinist Church. Calvinism can be summarized into the acronym: T.U.L.I.P.
The “T” stands for total depravity. Total depravity is the belief that has affected all parts of man. The heart, emotions, will, mind, and the body are all affected by sin. We are completely sinful. We are not as sinful as we could be, but we are completely affected by sin.
The doctrine of Total Depravity is derived from scriptures that reveal human character: Man’s heart is evil and, man is a slave of...