Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Instead of T.U.L.I.P.

In a recent Koinonia blog (http://www.koinoniablog.net/2014/05/tulip-is-so-20th-century-proof-is-a-modern-framework-of-dort-and-gods-irresistible-grace.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FpQHu+%28Koinonia%29), Pastor Jeremy Bouwma, cited, but did not recommend, a revision of the traditional Calvinist T.U.L.I.P called P.R.O.O.F. If this stuff interests you, check out the link above.

Let me offer my alternative to both of these, a version that emphasizes God's grace:

Instead of Total Depravity
     1. Sin - it affects all aspects of our humanity. We cannot turn to God without God’s saving GRACE.

Instead of Unconditional Election
     2. Salvation - it is entirely by God’s GRACE that we are saved and come to know God. We do not merit or earn salvation.

Instead of Limited Atonement
     3. Sacrifice - God in GRACE and mercy accepts the the death of Christ as a perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world and for all humanity.

Instead of Irresistible Grace
     4. Spirit - by God’s GRACE, the Holy Spirit creates in us the desire and moves us to accept God’s forgiving love in Christ.

Instead of Perseverance of Saints
     5. Steadfastness - God’s GRACE holds us fast and will never let us go. We will be loved and kept secure in Christ unto the end.


Anonymous said...

lGreetings Professor. Great post! I would like your expanded comments on #3 and #5. I have no argument, but know that you have more to say and I might assume what it is. Thank you for providing continued learning for us.

Anonymous said...

Yours is less controversial , but no catchy name.