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Calvinism is the Gospel

What many enemies of the cross of Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ do not realize, when reading the title of my blog post, is that in making such an assertion I am not claiming to be following a man. I also am not claiming to be following man made ideas of what the Bible teaches on the subject of the Gospel. What I am claiming is that I follow the gospel that is revealed in scripture and so clearly understood and taught by Calvin. This Gospel could very well have been called Augustinianism or Paulism. This is because Augustine and the Apostle Paul himself taught the gospel of which I believe and expound.

Therefore, if you are offended at my view of the gospel, then you are offended at Paul’s view of the gospel. You have problems with the very word of God itself. In my defense of the gospel, I want to point you to an article entitled:


Calvinism is the Gospel by Prof David Engelsma

Here are some quotes from his article:

“Calvinism is the Gospel. Its outstanding doctrines are simply the truths that make up the Gospel. Departure from Calvinism, therefore, is apostasy from the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ. Our defense of Calvinism, then, will proceed as follows. First, we will show that Calvinism is the Gospel. This is necessary because of its detractors, who criticize it as a perversion of the Gospel. Second, we will defend it as the Gospel. In doing this, we carry out the calling that every believer has from God. Paul wrote that he was “set for the defense of the Gospel” (Philippians1:17). I Peter3:15calls every believer to give an answer, an “apology,” or defense, to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is in us. As the name indicates, Calvinism is a certain teaching associated with John Calvin; it refers to Biblical doctrines that he propounded.”

“Calvinism is concerned to proclaim the Scriptures. The preaching of Scripture, both within the Church and outside the Church, is the central interest of Calvinism. It is false to conceive of Calvinism as a theoretical, abstruse science carried on by heady intellectuals in ivory towers. With the entire Reformation, it wanted, and wants today, to preach the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes.”

“The Gospel proclaims the death of Christ as a death that effectively redeems some men, rather than as a death that merely makes salvation possible for all men. Scripture teaches limited atonement. Jesus Himself taught this about His own death in John10:15“… and I lay down my life for the sheep.” A little further in the same chapter, the Lord specifically states that some men are not included among “the sheep”: “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you” (v.26). He died for some men, “the sheep,” in distinction from other men, who are not of His sheep. Jesus described His death similarly in Matthew 20:28: “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for (Greek: ‘in the stead of’) many.” The important point is not so much that He spoke of those for whom He died as “many,” not as “all,” as it is that he spoke of His death as the ransom given in the stead of others. By dying, He paid the ransom-price to God on behalf of many sinners. He did this by taking their place, giving up his own life where theirs was forfeit. The effect of this death is that everyone for whom He died is freed from sin, death, and hell. Not one for whom He died will perish. None may perish, for the ransom is paid. This Gospel (and there is no other) was preached already by the evangelistic prophet, Isaiah, in Isaiah 53: the suffering Christ bears away the iniquities of God’s people by being smitten of God as their substitute.”

Read the entire article here.

Soli Deo Gloria