Of The Past & Present
In this article we have catalogued the names of many famous Calvinists – Christians who believed and taught the five points of Calvinism, abbreviated as T.U.L.I.P. and also known as “The Doctrines Of Grace”. One important point we wish to make in this article is that all these godly and scholarly Bible teachers believed that what is known today as Calvinism, was and is in fact the true Gospel, the true teachings of the Bible regarding election, predestination and the sovereignty of God in salvation. And their views on these doctrines were the accepted views of what was considered “orthodox” – as compared to “unorthodox” or heretical – teaching regarding salvation. It is only in the past 150 years or so, and most predominently in the past 50 to 100 years, that the opposing view (Arminianism, also known as the “Free-Will” gospel) has spread like wildfire in the churches to the point where Calvinism is now considered heresy by many professing Christian teachers and preachers. It was Arminianism and the free-will gospel that was once called heresy and labeled such at the Synod of Dort back in 1618. Things have greatly changed in the Church in 400 years.
T – U – L – I – P (The 5 Points Of Calvinism) Summarized
T stands for Total Depravity
U stands for Unconditional Election
L stands for Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Redemption)
I stands for Irresistable Grace
P stands for Perseverance Of the Saints (also known as Preservation Of The Saints)
Please check out our material on Predestination & Free Will for some extremely insightful articles and Bible studies on these intriguing and controversial subjects.
Famous Calvinists Of The Past:
- Arthur W. Pink: 1886-1952 (Bible teacher, theologian and author)
- Augustus Toplady: 1740-1778 (author of “Rock Of Ages” and other hymns)
- B. B. Warfield: 1851–1921 (principal of the Princeton Theological Seminary)
- Benjamin Keach: 1640-1704 (primary author of the 1689 Baptist Confession)
- B.H. Carroll: 1843-1914 (founder South Western Theological Seminary)
- Charles Hodge: 1797–1878 (Presbyterian theologian and principal of Princeton Theological Seminary)
- Charles Spurgeon: 1834-1892 (famous Baptist preacher in England)
- Cornelius Van Til: 1895–1987 (Christian philosopher and Reformed theologian at Westminster Theological Seminary)
- Francis Schaeffer: 1912-1984 (author of “How Shall We Then Live” video series)
- George Mueller: 1805-1898 (Christian evangelist and orphanage director)
- George Whitefield:1714-1770 (evangelist, preacher and one of the founders of Methodism)
- Isaac Watts: 1674–1748 (hymn writer, theologian, pastor)
- J.C. Ryle: 1816-1900 (writer, pastor, evangelical preacher)
- J.P. Boyce: 1827-1888 (founder Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
- John Bunyan: 1628-1688 (author of Pilgrim’s Progress)
- John Calvin: 1509-1564 (preacher & Bible scholar)
- John Gresham Machen: 1881–1937 (American Presbyterian theologian at Princeton Seminary, founded the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, founded Westminster Theological Seminary)
- John L. Dagg: 1794-1884 (Baptist theologian)
- John Foxe: 1516-1587 (author of Foxe’s Book Of Martyrs)
- John Gill: 1697-1771 (renowned theologian and Bible commentary author)
- John Knox: 1513-1572 (founder of Presbyterianism)
- John Newton: 1725-1807 (wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”)
- John Owen: 1616-1683 (theologian and author)
- Jonathan Edwards: 1703-1758 (evangelist, preacher, author of “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God”)
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones: 1834-1892 (pastor and theologian)
- Martin Luther: 1483-1546 (Protestant Reformer)
- Matthew Henry: 1662-1712 (famous Bible commentary author)
- Roger Williams: 1603-1683 (founded the first Baptist church in America)
- Ulrich Zwingli: 1484–1531 (a leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland)
- William Carey: 1761-1834 (missionary to India)
- William Wilberforce: 1759-1833 (slavery abolitionist in England)
- Zacharias Ursinus: 1534–1583 (Reformed theologian in Germany)
Contemporary Famous Calvinists:
- D.A. Carson
- D. James Kennedy
- J.I. Packer
- James Montgomery Boice
- James White
- John F. MacArthur
- John Piper
- Joshua Harris
- Loraine Boettner
- Albert Mohler
- R.C. Sproul
- Steve Lawson
- Voddie Bachham
- Wayne Grudem
People Guilty Of Greatly Spreading The False “Free Will” Gospel:
- Bill Bright
- Billy Graham
- Charles Finney
- Dwight L. Moody
- Chuck Colson
- Chuck Smith
- Dave Hunt
- David Cloud
- your pastor
 – most preachers nowadays preach free-willism
VIDEO: Calvinism Is The Gospel
by Jerry Johnson
Additional notes about Calvinism:
- What Is Neo-Calvinism?
Neo-Calvinism is a form of Calvinism initiated by the Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper.
- What Is New-Calvinism?
New Calvinism is not so much a belief as it is a movement. New Calvinists believe in the five points of Calvinism. It is just that they are also accepting of things that many Calvinists have not historically embraced and that includes the “sign gifts”, such as speaking in tongues. For example, there is a group called “Sovereign Grace Ministries” that falls into this category. New Calvinists tend NOT to adhere as strictly to the Three Forms of Unity and other Reformed confessions of faith as do traditional Calvinists.
- What Is Hyper-Calvinism?
While there are various opinions on what constitutes Hyper-Calvinism, most calvinists would define the term hyper-calvinism to mean the belief that there is no need to preach to anyone in order for a person to be saved by God and that salvation is entirely an act of God, even apart from a preacher. However this belief is erroneous in light of Romans 10:14 and other Bible passages. See our article about Primitive Baptists – True Hyper-Calvinists for a more in-depth discussion of hyper-calvinism and why it is most definitely unbiblical.
Is True Biblical Salvation Synergistic Or Monergistic?
The true Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ is monergistic. As scripture says in Jonah 2:9 “Salvation is of the Lord”. True salvation does not require the spiritually dead sinner to do anything. God regenerates without the sinner’s cooperation or acceptance or participation of any kind whatsoever. This type of salvation is “one-way” (where only one party – God – is at work) therefore it is referred to as monergistic, with God being the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith. This view is in stark contrast to a two-way salvation (God doing His part and man supposedly doing his part), which is a synergistic – and unbiblical though very popular – view. If a person ever truly comes to God, the God of the bible, it is because GOD has already taken out their heart of stone and given them a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Related Material On Calvinism, Election, Predestination & Free-Will:
- Video: Does God Love Everyone? by Robert Morey
- Video: Short Sermon On Election by John MacArthur
- Monergism Vs. Synergism — Which View Is Correct?
- Ages Software’s Reformed books on CD-ROM
- Answers to Arminian Arguments
- Arthur Pink’s book “The Sovereignty Of God” on-line
- Other articles by Arthur Pink
- Arthur Pink Collection
- Doctrines of Grace Categorized Scripture List
- Greg Elmquist’s articles on election and predestination
- John Gill (a biography)
- Doctrines Of Grace Overview At BannerOfTruth.org
- Loraine Boettner articles on Calvinism, election, etc.”
- Various authors and articles pertaining to reformed theology
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Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>