Reformed theology, also known as "Calvinism" has its roots in the teachings of the fourth century theologian, Arulius Augustin. It is our contention that this system of doctrine correctly presented offers the most consistent expression of the good news of God's salvation plan for mankind commonly called the Gospel.
It's main flaw, and it is a huge flaw, is that it is almost always accompanied with the unbiblical doctrine of "endless torment." When coupled with this false doctrine, it changes from the most satisfying and God-glorifying expression of the gospel into a horrible mockery of the truth that, ( in the words of Arminian theologian John Wesley), "makes God out to be worse than the devil."
it sets forth the insideous idea that God, as a callous cosmic tyrant, created the vast majority of mankind solely for the self-serving purpose of glorifying himself at the expense of his children. By crushing his wayward children into the dust and treading upon them forever for evil deeds he intended for them to commit it is thought that he somehow brings glory to himself. What could be farther from the truth!
Men cannot help but do evil because of their fallen condition. A condition, which calvinists will admit God brought about by abandoning Adam to temptations from an evil angel possessed of unimaginable power, called Satan, that he could not possibly overcome.
They excuse God from wrong doing here, simply because Adam sinned freely. But this is really no excuse at all since a father is responsible to protect his children not only from physical harm but especially from the spiritual harm that comes from their own wrong choices. If even an earthly father, an echtype made in God's image, has this responsibility how much more so does our heavenly father the archtype of humanity?
calvinist worth his salt will deny that God could
have prevented Adam from sinning had he chosen to do so. But
calvinists excuse God from shirking his responsibility and abandoning
Adam when he needed God most simply because Adam feely chose to sin.
As though this somehow would excuse Adam's heavenly father for abandoning
him to harm's way.
when coupled with "universal
restorationism" calvinism becomes the comforting truth that
God loves his children and oversees and controls every event in history
(including the fall of man) in order to insure that all things work
together for good and that, as in Adam all died, so in Christ shall
all be made alive.
CALVINISTIC UNIVERSALISM is a synthesis between the doctrines of Augustinian Theology, which were popularized during the period of the Reformation of the 1500s and are now commonly called "Calvinism" and the "WIDER HOPE" Theology OF UNIVERSAL RESTORATIONISM.
Simply put, it is the purest expression of
Below you will find links to many good sources for Reformed theology. There is much good material here regarding the five points of calvinistic sotereology and "covenant theology."
The reader is cautioned to beware of the erroneous assertions supporting the "doctrine of endless torment."
INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL
THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL -- JOHN MURRAY & NED B. STONEHOUSE
THE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL -- CHARLES HODGE
GOD'S INDISCRIMINATE PROPOSALS OF MERCY -- R.L. DABNEY
ARE THERE TWO WILLS IN GOD - A RESOLUTION TO THE APPARENT ANTINOMY BETWEEN THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL AND ELECTION.
THE BALANCED TRUTH OF CALVINISM - from Cork Free Presbyterian Church, Cork, Ireland Pastor: Colin Maxwell
CALVIN AND THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL - from Cork Free Presbyterian Church, Cork, Ireland Pastor: Colin Maxwell
DOES GOD LOVE ALL PEOPLE - R.L. DABNEY
THE MARROW & THE DRY BONES: ESSAY ON THE SCOTTISH "MARROW" CONROVERSY - WILLIAM J. U. PHILIP
The Free Offer Of The Gospel: Is It Biblical And Reformed? - The Free Church Witness
THE WILL OF GOD AND THE GOSPEL OFFER - excepts from various Reformed Church Fathers - Rutherford, Turretin, Flavel, Edwards, Hodge, etc.
FREEDOM OF THE WILL -
ON FREE WILL - JOHN CALVIN
THE SOVERIGNTY OF GOD & FREE WILL - Michael Bremmer
THE COVENANT OF GRACE
THE COVENANT OF GRACE-- CHARLES HODGE
GOD'S COVENANT WITH MAN-- A.A. HODGE
COVENANT OF GRACE--
THE COVENANT OF GRACE-- JOHN MURRAY
COMMON GRACE-- LOUIS BERKHOF
COMMON GRACE-- JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE
THE UNCOMMON BENEFITS OF COMMON GRACE-- CHRISTIANITY TODAY INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD MOUW
COMMON GRACE-- JOHN MURRAY
THE REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION - LORRAINE BOETNER
NOTES ON SUPRALAPSARIAN -- FOUR MAJOR WAYS OF ORDERING THE DECREES
DABNEY ON SUPRALAPSARIAN -- R.L. DABNEY
REPROBATION -- Jerome Zanchius
THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST -- J. GRESHAM MACHEN
THE ATONEMENT -- JOHN MURRAY
THE DOCTRINE OF RECONCILIATION -- ARTHUR PINK
WHY I BELIEVE IN GOD by CORNELIUS VAN TIL
REFORMED THEOLOGY - APOLOGETIC MATERIALS - THEOLOGICAL MATERIALS FROM THE REFORMED PERSPECTIVES.
RELATION OF MINISTERS TO RULING ELDERS - by EDMOND CLOWNEY
MAY WE PROHIBIT TERM ELDERSHIP - NED STONEHOUSE
COMPARISON OF DUTCH AND SCOTTISH REFORMED THEOLOGY - DAVID PONTER
THERIES ON ELDERSHIP - LEE IRONS
PROPER ORDER IN THE ELDERSHIP - GEORGE KIRKPATRICK
SPIRITUAL LEADERS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH - FRED ZASPEL
THE PROBLEM OF ELDERSHIP - IAN MURRAY
ARGUMENTS AGAINST TERM ELDERSHIP - JOHN MURRAY
THE BEAST OF REVELATION -- AN EXPOSITION OF PRETERIST ESCHATOLOGY
POSTMILLENNIALISM -- Loraine Boettner
DAYS OF VENGEANCE -- DAVID CHILTON
THE PRETERIST ARCHIVE -- Materials for the Study of Preterist Perspectives
THE CANONS OF DORDT -- THE ORIGINAL CREDAL STATEMENT FROM WHICH WAS DERRIVED THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM
WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH
ON THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH
WHAT IS THE REFORMED FAITH?-- HIGH POINTS OF CALVINISM
LINKS TO REFORMED LITERATURE
CHRISTIAN CLASSICS ETHEREAL LIBRARY
- GREAT SOURCE FOR HISTORIC CHRISTIAN LITERATURE INCLUDING THE EARLY
FATHERS AND MUCH REFORMED MATERIAL.