Does Calvinist theology change the character of God? In answering this question, the author has attempted to allow notable Calvinists to speak for themselves by providing a plethora of footnotes. (Footnotes marked with an * sign include additional quotations and helpful content.) The primary focus of this work is whether God has authored sin—a conclusion that seems to be natural to the Calvinist doctrine of predestination—because this strikes at the heart of God’s character.
The author was formerly a Calvinist for ten years who frequently debated the matter with others. As such, the author understands the Calvinist perspective, and he is sympathetic to the struggle of many Calvinists to understand how others cannot see such an “obvious” and “logical” teaching of Scripture. It is his hope that those reading this book—regardless of their theological system—will endeavor to truly grasp what the other side intends by what they teach. Beyond this, he hopes that those reading this book will understand the reasoning that under-girds each position as well as the necessary conclusion of such reasoning.
It should be noted that Calvinism is an unsettled Theology. Debate rages within their camp even to this day. Flavors of Calvinism include Traditional Calvinists, Modern Calvinists, Neo Calvinists, New Calvinists, 5 Point Calvinists, 4 Point Calvinists, 3 Point Calvinists, Supralapsarian Calvinists, Infralapsarian Calvinists, Sublapsarian Calvinists, etc. … For this reason, we have chosen to focus our attention on the founding fathers of Calvinist Theology because every kind of Calvinism builds upon the foundation laid by these men. Particularly key to the doctrine of Calvinism are the many writings of John Calvin. Therefore, special attention has been given to his writings.
The natural conclusion of the Calvinist doctrine of predestination leads one to believe that God is the author of sin which is an outrageous attack against the character and nature of God. Contrary to the opinions of many, this issue is forever settled Biblically: God, by His very nature, attributes, and character, cannot possibly be the author of sin. Yet, Calvinist doctrine, carried out to its logical end, can leave one with no alternative to the conclusion that Almighty God is the author of sin. When Calvinist doctrine alters the character of God, it becomes a doctrine worthy of serious consideration and debate. By providing this work, it is the author’s desire to assist the reader in transcending the quagmire of Calvinist arguments so the reader can accurately evaluate the truth of this doctrine.