Calvin’s TULIP

Now here’s the problem, from a Biblical perspective, each of these points is WRONG!

Total Depravity contradicts the free moral agency of man and infers that no person can serve God of his own free will.

It teaches that every person inherits Adam’s original sin at birth and comes into this world totally depraved.  This doctrine is false because even though one is born into a world of sin he does not become a sinner until he reaches the age of accountability.  We do not inherit sin but we are responsible for our own sins when we become accountable.  God says:

Ezekiel 18:20

20 “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

Jesus says,

Matthew 18:3

3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Rather than condemning little children as sinners, Jesus commends them as examples of innocence.  A little child is so pure; he already possesses the kingdom of heaven.  Even though children are born into a world of sin, they have no knowledge of sin.

Deut. 1:39

39 ‘Moreover, your little ones …who this day have no knowledge of good or evil,

Only when children grow up and become accountable do they transgress God’s law and begin to sin.

Ezekiel 28:15

15 “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.

We do not inherit sin, but we commit sin.

1 Jn. 3:4

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Unconditional Election is wrong because it says that God predestined the salvation or damnation of every person without any regard to the good or evil he may do.

It teaches that God has arbitrarily chosen those He is going to save, even before they are born and everyone else is going to be eternally lost.  It says that nothing a person does has any bearing at all on his salvation.   God wants all people to be saved:

2 Pet. 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Heb. 5:9

9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

2 Thess. 1:8

8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Acts 10:34-35

34* Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,

35* but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

Mark 16:15

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

16 “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

God wants all people to be saved and does not predestine anyone to be saved or lost.  The only thing that God has predestined or predetermined is to save those who are obedient to His commands (Hebrews 5:9) and to punish those who are disobedient (2 Thessalonians 1:8).  Unconditional Election accuses God of being partial and showing favoritism.  But God’s word says, “that God is not one to show partiality but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. (Acts 10:34-35).

This false doctrine makes every command, every warning, and every admonition of God useless.  With Unconditional Election there is no reason to try to teach anyone the gospel of Christ if God has already arbitrarily decided who is going to be saved and who is going to be lost.  This makes no sense.  But Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  God’s offer of salvation is available to everyone, but each must choose whether he will accept or

reject it.

Limited Atonement is wrong because it says that the blood of Christ is not available for all men.

1 Tim. 2:4

4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Heb. 2:9

9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

1 Jn. 2:2

2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Limited atonement says that only certain ones have been elected to salvation.  If this is true, which it is not, then in John 3:16, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” would not be true if God only loved part of the world.

It is God “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), not just some men to be saved.  This doctrine falsely teaches that Christ died only for those He elected to save, but the Bible says concerning Christ, “that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).

Limited Atonement basically teaches that the blood of Christ is not available for all men.  “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:2).  Christ died for the whole world, not for just some.

Irresistible Grace is wrong because it teaches the direct operation of the Holy Spirit on the hearts of those God has chosen to save.

One error leads to another.  If one who God has predestined to save is “Totally Depraved” and incapable of doing right, then how can his conversion be accomplished?  You have to have “Irresistible Grace” involving the miraculous direct operation of the Holy Spirit which operates on the heart of those whom God has chosen to be saved so they cannot resist the salvation that God has unconditionally provided.

Mark 16:15

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Acts 10:34

34* Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,

2 Pet. 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Heb. 2:9

9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

If this is true there would be no reason for preaching, teaching, and mission work.  But Jesus’ command is to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  The erroneous notions of Irresistible Grace contradicts what God’s word says.  “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, ‘Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons’” (Acts 10:34).  The man-made doctrine of Irresistible Grace makes God a respecter of persons.  But God “desires all men to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4), and “is not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), since Christ has tasted “death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).

Perseverance Of The Saints is wrong because it says that a child of God cannot fall from the grace of God and be eternally lost.

You will also here this concept referred to as “once saved, always saved” or “the impossibility of apostasy”.

Gal. 5:4

4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

1 Cor. 10:12

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

1 Cor. 9:27

27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Heb. 3:12

12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

1 Tim. 4:1

4:1* ¶ But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

Phil. 2:12

12* So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

These verses are easy enough to understand and speak for themselves.

Remember:

2 Thess. 2:11-12

10* and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

11* For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,

12* in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

Calvin’s Tulip is wrong, it is a deluding influence, and we must be people who love the truth so as to be saved.

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