T-U-L-I-P: the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace (Intro, Part 1)

C.H. Spurgeon famously declared: “I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else.” Few theological disputes ignite such vitriolic controversy as the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate – a theological controversy which has in various forms been raging for over fifteen centuries. Anachronistically speaking, it formed the essence of the intense debates between Augustine of Hippo and the infamous Pelagius, and later again between Martin Luther and Erasmus of Rotterdam. To be sure, the Doctrines of Grace (i.e. Calvinism) are exceedingly offensive to the self-exalting spirit of fallen man. Nevertheless, they are clearly biblical and unmistakably taught in Scripture. In response to the ‘Arminian’ Remonstrance, the Synod of Dort in 1619 A.D. systematized these biblical truths into a list which is commonly referred to as the five points of Calvinism: (1) total depravity; (2) unconditional election; (3) limited atonement; (4) irresistible grace; and (5) perseverance of the saints. The purpose of this blog series is to equip believers (both young and mature) with a concise, yet faithful, summary of each of the five points of Calvinism (i.e. T-U-L-I-P), as well as the Scriptural foundation for each. However, before defining each of the five points, this series will graciously address some common misconceptions which many have regarding the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace.

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