What is Calvanism?

Today’s Calvinism is a teaching that is taught by many, including Evangelicals, who are opposed to Charismatic Christianity

Calvanism is a branch of Protestant theology dating back to the 16th century to the man credited with its beginning—John Calvin. Modern day Calvanism is based on a set of ideas, many of which bear little resemblance to the ideas espoused by John Calvin. Two of the more prevalent beliefs that Calvinists hold to today are cessationism and predestination.

Cessationism is the belief that the work of, and the office of, the Apostle ended with the death of the last Apostle. This belief extends as far as to deny the working of the Holy Spirit as is documented in Acts 2. Further, Cessationists  believe that God allows sickness and disease for the purpose of teaching believers lessons of some kind. As you might begin to see, Calvinists are opposed to Charismatic theology; whose primary focus is on the work of the Holy Spirit through believers.

Calvinists have other unscriptural beliefs; chief among them is the ideas of predestination. Without going into too much detail, predestination is the idea that God has already chosen who will be saved, and who will not be saved. This idea leads to other contorted ideas by Calvinists. This may explain why Calvinists do not seem to demonstrate any initiative in soul-winning. I guess the reason would be why waste the time, when God has already made that decision. Their efforts to proselytize seem to be directed to current believers as opposed to unbelievers.

Calvinists seem to engage more in criticism of other groups, especially Charismatics. It seems that there are many of these Calvinists who spend their time in criticism of any person or group that professes a belief in the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. It seems that these Calvinists were not appointed as elders, or overseers, of their own respective church, but as elders, or overseers of all churches. They are, in essence, the new television evangelists, only on YouTube.


For a significantly more detailed explanation of Calvanism I highly recommend the YouTube teaching of Rob Saunders from Jew and Greek entitled, Calvinism in a Nutshell. His ministry is focused on Apologetics in support of Charismatic Christianity.

Or CLICK HERE FOR Calvinism in a Nutshell, a 21 minute YouTube video.

Gregg F. Swift, J.D.