What are the core essentials that one must hold to to be considered a Calvinist? Can you be a Calvinist if you believe in only two or three points of the five points? The same is asked of Arminism. What are the essential beliefs that are required to be an Arminian? I believe in the perseverence of the Saints and total inability. I believe that man cannot save himself or manufacture faith. I believe that salvation is a gift from God including the faith one needs to repent and believe. However, I do not hold to unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistable grace in the same way that a supralapsarian or infralapsarian Calvinist would. I think sublapsarianism more accurately reflects Calvin's views and the Scriptural testimony. Am I a Calvinist?