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Doctrines of Grace

              When people hear the term "Doctrines of Grace," they think of John Calvin, but the doctrines of Grace are not Calvin's doctrines; they are God's doctrines. Long before Calvin's time, the Apostles preached the doctrines of God's Grace.  During the Protestant Reformation, Jacob Arminius, a Dutch theologian, borrowed ideas from Pelagius, a 4th century monk. During Pelagius' time, his ideas had been deemed heresy.  After Arminius' death, his followers put what they thought were novel ideas into a document called the Remonstrants.  The Remonstrants was a protest against some of the doctrines of reformed theology of that time.  John Calvin took each of the points of the Remonstrants and refuted them with scripture.  These points became the five points which people mistakenly credit to John Calvin. All Calvin did was to summarize these points in the acronym TULIP, which makes it easy to remember them.  The doctrines of God's Grace are, and always have been, God's Doctrines, not Calvin's.

God's Doctrines of Grace

Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints