CalvinismInstitutes of Christian ReligionEcclesiastical OrdinancesPastorTeacherEldersDeaconPredestinationHebrewsConsistory“God’s Terrible Decree”John CalvinThe person who systematically thought out Protestant DoctrineAlso thought out what a Protestant Church should beWas not of Luther’s generation. Was born in 1509. Wasn’t a German. He was FrenchHis father was a lay official(non-clergyman) Was to become a lawyer and work with the French ChurchWent to University of ParisAt the University Calvin began to read the works of Martin Luther He had a conversion then he talked about itBut since France and the University was Catholic; Calvin ran away to SwitzerlandSettled in Switzerland; and wrote a book called The Institutes of the Christian ReligionWas the most popular and used book in the reformation•Set down a systematic thought of ProtestantismThe central idea that he keeps coming back to is the majesty and sovernty of God•God is truly powerful and truly all knowing and truly always there in all places at all timesBy faithfree gift from GodGod is all powerful therefore he chooses who will be saved and who will be damned
He is omnipresentnot limited by time•Therefore who is saved was decided before the world was existed♦God has his list and has made up his mind and there was nothing you could do to about it.