Friday, June 1, 2007

The Tulip Acrostic

A much debated in the past and even more so in the 21st century is the philosophy of the Docrines of Grace, more popularly labeled as "Calvinism". The Society of Gentleman has concluded that we will, within the next few weeks, either refute or prove the Doctrines of Grace. Below, outlined in an acrostic known as the "TULIP" acrostic are the five main points of controversy. ------------------------------------ T -Total Depravity - This means that man is tainted by the effects of Adam's fall in every part of his human constitution, his mind, emotions and will. While fallen, man is still capable of moral good, but he is incapable of any spiritual good, or of any good that would earn him the favor or blessing of God. --------------------------------------- U -Unconditional Election - This means that God chose men in Christ for the ultimate end of their salvation even before the foundation of the world, and hence, apart from any merit, worth or goodness in man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------- L - Limited Atonement - Jesus Christ died a substitutionary, penal sacrifice for sinners'; therefore, He had to be, of necessity, a substitute for actual, particular human beings when He died on the cross. This being the case, the Father limited the scope of redemption by limiting His intention in saving not all the human race, but only those chosen from the mass of humanity and given to His Son for the purpose of their redemption. ------------------------------------------------ I - Irresistible Grace - When God commences His saving work within a human soul, the grace of salvation, while initially spurned, even resisted, will ultimately win the tug of war, and that soul will eventually be infallibly saved. ------------------------------------------------ P - Perseverence of the Saints - This means that a true saint, an unconditionally elect man, will persevere in his faith unto the end and be eternally glorified. -------------------------------------------------- We will be working on each point one at a time, producing results in roughly every 3-4 weeks. In Christ, Stephenb