OOPs , double post.That's the way I do it using my Scofield Bible. I study what the Bible says and take into consideration what Scofield's notes and comments have to say. But I try to be Berean and let the Spirit guide me. I think Scofield notes can open up doors for better understanding and enlarge my understanding, but they are not meant to stand alone. It is what the Bible say is what counts.
No, Scofield was not a Calvinist; he was just a dispensational Biblicist and so am I. I think this term Calvinist is misused way too broadly. To me, Calvinism embraces the five points of Calvinism or at least some of them, if not, then it's not Calvinism. If a church or person is actually Calvinist it will be clear from the statement of faith. To me, the five points of Calvinism are man-made and erroneous.