The Heresy of TULIP
Updated: Nov 4, 2020
The Heresy of John Calvin’s TULIP
Total Depravity -
Calvinists believe the unsaved man is dead in trespasses and sins to the extent that it affects his will; so that, he cannot will to be saved (Eph 2:1-4).
Man’s nature is depraved (Ps. 39:5-6; Jer. 17:9; Luke 11:13;Rom. 7:24; Gal. 1:4),but he is still held responsible for his actions (Isa. 45:19; Matt. 12:36-37; Luke 17:1).
Israel is held accountable for the crucifixion (Acts 2:22-23; 4:10; 7:52) and Gentiles are held accountable (Rom. 2:6-11)
Man was created with a freewill to accept or reject God’s will (Exo. 35:5, 21, 29; Ezra 7:13-16; Rev. 22:17)
God commands a man to receive Christ (1 John 3:23)
The new birth is conditioned upon receiving Jesus Christ by faith (John 1:12-13)
Unconditional Election -
Calvinists believe a person is chosen by God in eternity past and was put into Christ unconditionally based upon God’s sovereign grace (Ephesians 1:4-5)
Election is conditioned upon the foreknowledge of God (1 Peter 1:2)
The emphasis in the choosing of Ephesians 1:4-5 is Christ, not man. Man was no there before the foundation of the world. Christ should receive the preeminent place,not man. God chose before the foundation of the world that salvation was to be in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9-10)
Election is not directed at salvation, but service. One is elected to serve a purpose (Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; 65:9; 1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 1:10). A citizen by birth can be elected to public service by the vote of the people.
Election is always in a precise or temporary setting; in that, a person is put into Christ at the moment of receiving Christ (John 1:12-13; 1 Cor. 12:13) Once in Christ then the benefits of eternity are given to a finite being who had a beginning, but will have no end.
According to Calvinism, some are elected to hell. If this is so, a man is obeying God’s will by rejecting a command of accepting Christ (Acts 17:30-31; 1 John 3:23).
According to Calvinism, some innocent babies are elected to hell, which is directly contrary to the teaching of Romans 9:11 that every innocent child is elected in regards to the grace of God (Deut. 1:39; Rom. 2:6-16; 4:15; 5:13). When a child reaches the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:5-6), he or she is held accountable.
If a man is elected to salvation IN Christ before the foundation of the world, that man fell out when Adam sinned (before salvation a man is IN Adam -- Romans 5:14-21;1 Cor. 15:21-22); therefore, on this point an Arminian and a Calvinist agrees. If Calvinism is right, at salvation a man is put back into Christ. What could cause him to fall out of Christ again?
See any Arminian and he’ll expound all he knows within thirty seconds with time to spare.
Before salvation, a man is not recognized by God (Matt. 7:21-23) because he is under God’s wrath (John 3:36 Eph. 2:11-14)
Limited Atonement -
Calvinists believe Jesus Christ died only for the elect because they are the only ones who can repent (John 10:11)
Unlimited atonement is Scriptural (John 3:16-21, 36; 1 Tim. 2:3-6; Heb. 10:10, 29;2 Peter 2:1; 3:9) Limited atonement is a myth.
Tyre and Sidon would have repented if given the chance (Matt. 11:20-24).
Irresistible Grace -
Calvinists believes the Holy Ghost draws a man to Christ and overshadows the elect to the extent that he cannot resist God’s sovereign grace to salvation (Acts 13:48).
The Spirit of God draws a man to Christ, but the man’s part is acceptance of the Gospel through his freewill (Rom. 10:13-14; 1 Cor. 4:15; 9:22; 1 Tim. 1:15).
The ones ordained to eternal life are Gentiles who follow their conscience in doing right, such as Cornelius. These Gentiles receive the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:1-11:18; Romans 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Eleazor, a type of the Holy Ghost, asked Rebekkah, a type a Christian (Gen. 24:58).!God’s grace can be resisted as there are sins against the Holy Ghost (Acts 5:3; 7:51;Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19).
Perseverance of the Saints -
Calvinists waffle between preservation and perseverance on this petal of the flower. Calvinists say that the saints will persevere in the faith; and if they do not persevere, they are not of the elect.!Perseverance and eternal security (once saved, always saved) are not the same.Eternal security is a truth for the NT saint in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8-9;Ephesians 1:12-14; 4:30)
Predestination is one’s destination beforehand. A NT saint is predestinated to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29-20; Eph. 1:4-5, 11)
Perseverance of the saint is another similarity with the Arminians.
Summary of TULIP -
Since a man can do nothing to be saved or obtain salvation because he is totally depraved (incapable), God through irresistible grace will unconditionally elect the chosen ones because of limited atonement. Hyper-Calvinists do not win souls because God will save those He chooses no matter what. Calvinists usually are self-conceited because God specially chose them and not the heathen Arminians.
The Insanity of Calvinism -
Teaching Calvinism to enlighten anon-Calvinist is absurd because his or her freewill to choose is not valid. A Calvinist is born a Calvinist against his will. This author is not a Calvinist because God predestinated him before the foundation of the world to not be a Calvinist. He can’t help it! He is not an Arminian because he rejects it of his own freewill. He can help that! 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
If YOU are a Calvinist, YOU are a MUPPET! It’s as simple as that! Not only CAN’T you read the Scriptures IN CONTEXT (1 Cor 2v13) nor RIGHTLY DIVIDE them (2 Tim 2v15), but you just FOLLOW MEN, starting with old Johnny Calvin!
No one who READS the Scriptures, asking the Lord to help them understand them, becomes a Calvinist! You become a Calvinist by reading other MEN who have PERVERTED the words of God, & then YOU have the audacity & nerve to call it a Scriptural doctrine!
Like I say, YOU are a MUPPET! Recently a very wealthy businessman wrote to me telling me that Calvinism IS Christianity, I wrote back telling him he was a ‘naughty boy’ who needed a ‘wallop!’ Sadly this Christian, who has been duped like all Calvinists, is too proud to scrutinise Calvinism under the Scriptural microscope! If he did, he would DUMP it! This is why heretical-Calvinists have NO urgency to reach the lost sinners of this world, & have NO urgency for the Lord’s return!
Calvinists are just narcissistic-egotistical-unscriptural-childish-bigots who are very shallow students of the word of God.If you do NOT read the Scriptures DISPENSATIONALLY, you will NEVER be able to understand them, & you will distort, pervert & bend Scriptures to try to fit your MAN-MADE doctrines! I’ve NEVER met a sound ‘doctrinal’ Calvinist nor Pentecostal yet! How teachable are you as a Christian? Are you humble & willing to change if proven wrong?
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