Calvinism is an integrated hermeneutical system that is interconnected, just as each book of the Holy Scriptures is interconnected. The Bible is really one book with sixty-six parts.
You cannot divide the five components of Calvinism without the entire system collapsing upon itself. Calvinism is a system that cannot be broken down into parts, because there is only one point Calvinism is making, not five. The one single point that Scripture is making as interpreted by true and full Calvinists is that God is sovereign in all things, not some things. There are indeed five components of Calvinism, but they are so bound to each other that anyone who thinks he can pick and choose some points and leave out the other points will always arrive at something that is not Calvinism. Therefore Christians who consider themselves three or four point “Calvinists” should find a new name to describe what they believe about election. Confusion and misinterpretation will result in any attempt to reduce Calvinism to less than five components. This statement should not imply that the man is not a Christian; he is simply not a Calvinist Christian.
By way of another example we borrow from the doctrine of the Trinity: if someone claims that they are a four-point Trinitarian they are no Trinitarian at all. You must embrace all five points of Trinitarianism to be considered an orthodox Christian. For if you reject any single one of the following points then you are not a Trinitarian, but something else:
- There is only one God
- The Father is God
- Jesus Christ, the Son, is God
- The Holy Spirit is God
- The Three that are One God is distinct Persons (singular verb intended)
One cannot call himself a four-point Trinitarian and still be considered a Trinitarian. You must believe all five points or you are not a Trinitarian. The Nicene and Chalcedon Creeds cannot be broken apart, selecting and choosing what you wish.
Many times the same people who actually call themselves “Four Point Calvinists” are found to be Five Point Calvinists upon closer investigation.