Welcome to the Genuine Historical Calvinism  website. This site is intended to show you the doctrines of true Calvinism. You might be surprised at what you find.
 This website is labeled “Genuine Historical Calvinism” because custom has made "Calvinism" or ("the 5-points of Calvinism") familiar and easier to recognize, and not because I’m unaware of the arguably more precise labels of “Reformed catholic" or "Reformed catholicity.” Also, I’m aware that the “Reformed Tradition” is quite broad and diverse (cf. the many historical-theological works of Richard A. Muller).]
To many, Calvinism is a set of beliefs that is summed up in the so-called “Five Points of Calvinism,” also known as “The Doctrines of Grace.”
These doctrines are popularly put forth under the acronym “TULIP”:
Perseverance of the Saints
To many, Calvinism is a set of beliefs that magnifies the absolute sovereignty of God, especially in salvation. This includes the beliefs that God causes all actions and events, God does whatever He desires, God’s grace is particular, and, especially, that
The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was only intended for, and is absolutely effectual for, those whom God had chosen to be saved from the foundation of the world. There is absolutely no sense in which Jesus Christ died for anyone else.
Thus: Salvation is conditioned solely upon the work of Jesus Christ. It is the work of Jesus Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation.
It is the work of Jesus Christ alone that ensures and demands the salvation of everyone for whom Jesus Christ lived and died.
The above doctrines are absolutely true. But this is not true Calvinism.
True Calvinists down through history have opposed some of these doctrines. And opposition to even one of these doctrines means opposition to all of them.
Surprised? Read on.
If one believes that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception, then that person does not believe the true gospel of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.
That person who believes that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception does not believe that it is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation.
Instead, he believes that his own efforts form at least some part of the ground of his salvation. He believes in salvation conditioned on the sinner.
There are many different versions of salvation conditioned on the sinner, such as salvation conditioned on faith, salvation conditioned on good works, and salvation conditioned on perseverance (whether or not God enables the sinner to perform these things). But it is all salvation conditioned on the sinner. And it is damnable blasphemy.
This means that all who believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception are unregenerate, unsaved, God-haters.
You might think that this is what Calvinists believe. You might think that this is true Calvinism. You might think that this is Genuine Historical Calvinism. IT IS NOT.
As I will prove, the Lord willing, Genuine Historical Calvinists, from the time of Augustine to the time of Luther and Calvin up until the present day, did not and do not believe all of the doctrines of grace. They did not and do not believe all essential gospel doctrine. Different Calvinists believed different things down through history. They even fought one another over certain doctrines. But they all had this in common: They denied at least one essential gospel doctrine. This means they were all unsaved.
The heresies that Genuine Historical Calvinists believed/believe and taught/teach include the following:
Christ’s death made expiation for every man without exception.
There is a sense in which Christ died for everyone without exception.
Salvation is conditioned on faith.
God’s grace is resistible.
God loves and shows grace to the reprobate.
God sincerely desires the salvation of the reprobate.
God does not actively control all actions and events;
instead, he merely permits some things to happen.
God does not actively harden the reprobate;
instead, he merely leaves them in their sins.
Assurance is not of the essence of faith.
The efficacious atonement of Jesus Christ is not an essential gospel doctrine (i.e., not all believers believe in the efficacious atonement of Jesus Christ, and if one does not believe in the efficacious atonement of Jesus Christ, he is not necessarily unregenerate).
This web site is dedicated to exposing Genuine Historical Calvinism for what it is – a lie of the devil. In exposing Genuine Historical Calvinism, I hope that God will use this site to warn people of the insidious heresies of Genuine Historical Calvinism; to unite true believers around the world; to show true believers who call themselves Calvinists that they are not true, genuine historical Calvinists and should not call themselves Calvinists; to show true believers the heresies of the Calvinists whom they thought were orthodox, thus keeping them from endorsing these Calvinists; and to proclaim the true gospel that edifies the saints, opens the eyes of the unregenerate elect, and hardens the hearts of the unregenerate reprobate.
The format is simple:
In most cases, I will quote from Genuine Historical Calvinists and respond to these quotes. In other cases, I will post what others have written in e-mails or discussion groups and comment when appropriate. There will also be other items such as excerpts from correspondences and exposes of Calvinists from other sources.
You are welcome to respond to me. My name is Chris Duncan. I have another blog at agrammatos.wordpress.com. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.