in the LIGHT
WHOLE WORD of God
The teachings of Calvinism or Reformed Theology involve what is commonly referred to as the five points of Calvinism, which is represented by the acronym T.U.L.I.P.
The "T." stands for TOTAL DEPRAVITY or sometimes known as TOTAL INABILITY, which basically states that EVERY human being is so TOTALLY DEPRAVED that they are therefore rendered TOTALLY UNABLE to understand the gospel enough to BELIEVE the word of TRUTH in order to be SAVED, UNTIL they are FIRST born again or REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God.
The "U." stands for UNCONDITION ELECTION, which basically states that from BEFORE the foundation of the world Almighty God CHOSE certain select individuals to be SAVED based upon NOTHING that these individuals have or have not done, while at the same time Almighty God also chose the remainder of mankind to be vessels of destruction to be cast into the lake of fire at the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus based upon absolutely NOTHING that they have done or have not done. In other words, this doctrine teaches that each and ever person is PREDESTINED to either be SAVED or to be cast into the lake of fire in the end and there is NOTHING that they can do to CHANGE their PREDESTINATION, because it has ALREADY been CHOSEN by Almighty God from BEFORE the foundation of the world. Thus the term UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION where Almighty God has UNCONDITIONALLY ELECTED or has UNCONDITIONALLY CHOSEN certain select individuals from BEFORE the foundation of the world to be SAVED based upon NOTHING that these individuals have or have not done, and will or will not do during their lifetime. This doctrine also teaches that Almighty God will EFFECTUALLY CALL his ELECT whom he has chosen from BEFORE the foundation of the world with an IRRESITABLE GRACE whereby each and every one of his ELECT or CHOSEN ONES will without fail be saved and NONE can or ever will lose their salvation, because they were CHOSEN from the foundation of the world to be saved.
The "L." in T.U.L.I.P stands for LIMITED ATONEMENT which basically state that the ATONEMENT that Jesus made was for ONLY the ELECT whom Almighty God has CHOSEN and PREDESTINATED to be SAVED from BEFORE the foundation of the world.
The "I" stand for IRRESITABLE GRACE which basically states that Almighty God will DRAW his ELECT to himself with and IRRESITABLE GRACE, which does not mean that the ELECT CANNOT resist his drawing at times in their life, but in the end NONE who are CHOSEN to be SAVED will resist God's grace to the point of not obtaining their SALVATION in which they were PREDESTINED to obtain from BEFORE the foundation of the world.
And finally the "P" in T.U.L.I.P. stand for PERSEVERANCE of the SAINTS, which basically states that once an ELECT person comes to the Lord Jesus Christ to RECEIVE their SALVATION, then they will NEVER be able to LOSE their salvation, but will PERSEVERE unto the end. In other words, once a person is BORN AGAIN or REGENERATED by the Holy Spirit, then they can NEVER LOSE their SALVATION no matter what.
As a little review here is the acronym for T.U.L.I.P. again:
PERSEVERANCE of the SAINTS
Now each of these five points of doctrine are inter connected. and what I mean by there being inter connected is that each point, or each doctrine is dependent upon one or more of the other points of doctrine being TRUE. Therefore if even ONE point is shown to be FALSE, then the WHOLE teaching of Calvinism or Reformed Theology falls along with that point of doctrine that is shown to be FALSE in the LIGHT of the WHOLE WORD of Almighty God.
With that being said let us begin this study in God's word to see if this teaching of Calvinism or Reform Theology stands in the LIGHT of the WHOLE WORD of Almighty God by taking a CLOSE look at each and every one of the five points of doctrine represented by the acronym T.U.L.I.P. beginning with the DOCTRINE of TOTAL DEPRAVITY.
Is the DOCTRINE of
the TRUTH of
Now the doctrine of total depravity is based upon the teaching known as the doctrine of ORIGINAL SIN that is widely taught is many of the denominations of the main stream church.
Basically the doctrine of original sin states that ALL of mankind has INHERITED a SIN NATURE from Adam. In other words, BECAUSE of the ORIGINAL SIN of Adam and Eve, then ALL of mankind from Adam to this present day have INHERITED this so called SIN NATURE.
Now the verses used to support this DOCTRINE of ORIGINAL SIN are
One of the verses of scripture that is used by those that teach this DOCTRINE of TOTAL DEPRAVITY or TOTAL INABILITY is Psalm 51:5, which says,
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