The great Reformer was born this day in Noyen , France -- 1509 . He would be 498 years old today ! But since departing for Glory "he being dead yet liveth and speaketh" as they say . A number of folks here who hold to the doctrine of grace have said they are not that familiar with his works . I believe them . Their beliefs stem from Bible study , not the study of Calvin's Institutes and Commentaries . As is my habit as the snippet-king I will give some select tidbits to show Calvin's actual beliefs ( as opposed to some error-filled opinions about the man ) . First up will be some snips from : The Doctrine Of Election . His text was 2 Timothy 1:9,10 . However , let us hold fast that which is here taught us: God having chosen us before the world had its course , we must attribute the cause of our salvation to His free goodness ; we must confess that He did not take us to be His children , for any deserts of our own ; for we had nothing to recommend ourselves into His favor . Therefore , we must put the cause and fountain of our salvation in Him only , and ground ourselves upon it : otherwise , whatsoever and howsoever we build , it will come to nought . ... if they attribute faith to man's free will , they blaspheme wickedly against God , and commit sacrilege . We must come to that which the scripture showeth ; to wit , when God giveth us faith , we must know that we are not capable of receiving the gospel , only as he hath framed us by the Holy Ghost . ... Why is faith given to one and not to another ? St. Luke showeth us : saying , "As many as were ordained to eternal life believed" ( Acts 13:48 ) . There were a great number of hearers , and yet but few of them received the promise of salvation . And what few were they ? Those that were appointed to salvation . Again , St. Paul speaketh so largely upon this subject , in his epistle to the Ephesians , that it cannot be but the enemies of God's predestination are stupid and ignorant , and that the devil hath plucked out their eyes ; and that they have become void of all reason , if they cannot see a thing so plain and evident . ... God hath fore-ordained that He would save us ; seeing we were lost and cast away in Adam . There are certain dolts , who , to blind the eyes of the simple and such as are like themselves , say , the grace of salvation was given us because God ordained that His Son should redeem mankind , and therefore this is common to all .