Let's see . It was before Boice or even Boyce . It didn't start with Lloyd-Jones or even Pink . Spurgeon didn't begin it nor Ryle . Did Whitefield , Edwards or Gill get this going ? No . It had to be one of the Puritans then . But there were too many with the same convictions . Was it Owen ? No . I have it now . Of course . The Reformer John Calvin had to have come up with Calvinism . How could it be any other ? Before him Luther was a stronger Calvinist . Was it Huss ? No . How about Wycliffe ? No . Oh, it was his mentor Bradwardine . No . This is getting difficult . Was it Peter Waldo . No. Gotteschalk got the whole ball rolling didn't he ? No , go back furthur . How about Bede ? No . Wait a minute . I have it now -- Augustine , right ? It has to be him . No . Well then the apostle Paul is the only one left . Go back a lot more than that to the Lord himself . The Scriptures declare these truths . It was not a man-made invention at all . The Word of God is Calvinistic for want of a better term to describe these precious doctrines .