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Five Points of Calvinism

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The basic principle of Calvinism is the sovereignty of God. This represents the purpose of the Triune God as absolute and unconditional, independent of the whole fine creation, and originating solely in the eternal counsel of His will. He appoints the course of nature and directs the course of history down to the minutest details. His decrees therefore are eternal, unchangeable, holy, wise, and sovereign. They are represented in the Bible as being the basis of the divine foreknowledge of all future events, and not conditioned by that foreknowledge or by anything originating in the events themselves. (The Reformed Faith by Loraine Boettner.)

It is most often recognized by the acronym TULIP.

T – Total depravity (or inability)
U – Unconditional election
L – Limited atonement
I – Irresistible grace
P – Perseverance of the saints

With permission from Five Solas

Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

bible-231Turn your heart upon Jesus and come to the realization of Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria – Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scriptures alone, To God be the Glory!!

 

In Dr. Roberts L. Reymond’s book A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith pg 470 Reymond states:

 

“Because Pelagianism, in whatever form it takes, it is a threat to the Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide principle, claiming as it does that man deserves at least some measure of credit for effecting his salvation, if not in its initiation, at least in his cooperation with initiating grace, the church must ever be on guard to insure that this of Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide principle of Holy Scripture remains the sole ultimate ground of salvation.”

 

In Reymond’s book above pg. 466 states:

“Even if God had elected men on the basis of their foreseen faith and /or good works, as Arminians contend, since faith in Jesus Christ is not native to the human heart but is a gift from God not given to everyone (Eph. 2:8-9) and since good works are the product of God working in men both to will and to act according to His good purpose (Phil. 2:13), salvation would still be all of God and men would make no decision contribution to their salvation.””

 

Reymond’s book above pg 470 states that Catholic’s believe that by taking the sacraments it causes grace to flow to their recipients by the mere administration of them….. Rome holds that through the foundational sacraments of baptism the sinner is delivered from the liability of original sin (Aquinas had declared that baptism “opens the gate of heaven”), and through the sacraments of the Mass and of penance the liabilities of post-baptismal sins are removed. The institutional church becomes then through its sacramental ministrations the source and conveyer of saving grace to men, or as John Murray says, “The church is the depository of salvation and the sacraments the media of conveyance.” Can you see how opposed to the truth of Scripture this is?

 

            Then Reymond goes on to say on pg. 470 …Carried through consistently, the sacerdotal vision urges that where the church works, there the Spirit works, and also that apart form the church’s sacramental ministrations of grace there is no salvation. I ask you were is God in all of this? It all sounds like a work to me, which is something man is doing and in this case is not a work of God at all.

 

            If God is to receive all the glory in the works of salvation then tell me where it is in Arminians circles. Remember that Pelagianism is Arminianism. Works under any name is not God glorifying – no – not at all.

 

            The words semi-Pelagianism means the decisive point in man’s salvation is because it is man’s part that actually determines who is saved and who is not.

 

            Is it not disgusting that we could believe that the sin sick totally depraved man could usurp a righteous and Holy God and His will and His decrees? Have people forgotten that our God is all powerful and no one can stay His hand?

 

The Reformed Calvinistic (fundamentally protestant teaching of the Scriptures) stress that the reason all men are not saved is because God is not doing a work in their hearts and that God works in individuals, one by one in His elected children. They also believe to God be the glory in every aspect of our salvation as it is the work of God alone. 

 

Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria

 

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