Calvinism or Reformed Theology

Putting the “P” in TULIP.

PERSERVERANCE OF THE SAINTS (also known as Infallible Grace or Impossibility of Apostasy). Calvinists believe they cannot lose their salvation for the simple reason that God has elected them.  Proof-texts: Romans 8:1 and 1 Corinthians 10:13.

© Audrey Henry – 12 August 2018

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Calvinism or Reformed Theology

Putting the “I” in TULIP

IRRESISTIBLE GRACE (or Efficacious Grace) – when God calls his elect to salvation, they simply cannot resist.  Calvinists believe God offers the gospel to all people, but only the elect obey it. Proof-text: Romans 9:16.

© Audrey Henry – 12 August 2018

 

Calvinism or Reformed Theology

Putting the “T” in TULIP.

TOTAL DEPRAVITY (also known as Total Inability or Original Sin), means Man is affected by sin not only in his body but also in his soul and his spirit. John Calvin and Martin Luther based this doctrine on Romans 3:10-12. The bottom-line of Calvinism: “In light of the scriptures that declare man’s true nature as being utterly lost and incapable, how is it possible for anyone to choose or desire God?” The answer is, “He cannot. Therefore God must predestine.”

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018

 

Catholicism

In a broad sense, Catholics (as well as some Catholic Lites) distinguish between justification, which they say occurs at water baptism, and final salvation which is accomplished after they have endured to the end… whereupon they also achieve sanctification.

Justified by water, saved by one’s own good works…

But justification can be lost  by committing what the Catholics consider to be mortal sin, that is, murder, rape, incest, perjury, adultery, etc. (What they fail to understand is that Paul was a murderer…).

Salvation cannot be lost, simply due to the fact that they do not manage to obtain it in the first place while still alive on this earth, as it is only obtained after a lifetime of achievement…

Is it any wonder there are so many out there today living a lie, trying to achieve salvation on man-made terms?

Catholicism is the biggest Christian denomination today, conning people with a works-based gospel, dishing out devilish probation.

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018

 

Calvinism or Reformed Theology

Putting the “L” in TULIP:

LIMITED ATONEMENT (also known as Definite Atonement), means Jesus died to fully secure the salvation of his people, namely, the Elect who so happen to be predestined or chosen.

In reality, it goes without saying, Christ died for all men, regardless of their race, nationality, gender or social status, and not only for a (s)elect few.

Calvinists on the other hand assign the term “all men” to mean all men having or possessing God’s common grace, but not his saving grace…

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018

 

 

Calvinism or Reformed Theology

Putting the “U” in TULIP:

UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION (otherwise known as Unconditional Grace) is made up of two types of grace, namely:

1. Common Grace in a nutshell means everyone’s sins are forgiven by default as it’s the standard or regular grace God extends to all men.  “God gives sunshine to both the just and the unjust alike”.

2. Saving Grace (also known as Special Grace) according to Calvinists, and as the name implies, is what saves a person.  Calvinists in turn believe that only the elect will obey the gospel, which in turn puts the “I” in TULIP…

Calvinistic denominations:

Waldensians, Anabaptists, Presbyterians, most Baptists and Lutherans, or any church which has the word “reformed” included in its name.

© Audrey Henry – 11 August 2018

 

Acts 28 Dispensationalism

Acts 28 Dispensational

  • Believe the church of today did not begin until revealed to the Apostle Paul, but was not made known to him prior to Acts 28.
  • Believe Jesus’ ministry, like Paul’s ministry in the book of Acts was part of Israel’s program.
  • Believe that only after the sign gifts ceased, Paul started preaching the mystery with respect to the church.
  • Believe Paul’s ministry and epistles post Acts 28 is solely for the church today.
  • Believe Paul’s epistles prior to Acts 28 do not include any mystery information.
  • They say Paul was sent to preach two different messages (prophecy and mystery).
  • They therefore believe Paul preached more than one gospel.

These are Acts 28 dispensationalists, or a distorted variety of same.

Audrey Henry – 1 August 2018

SDA beliefs

Seventh Day Adventists

1. Believe in the “gift of prophecy” – proof-texts: Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12. Reality: 1 Corinthians 1:22 ~ For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

2. Add to the Bible, namely the written works of Ellen White.

3. Believe in soul sleep – when a person dies, he/she remains unconscious until resurrected.  The unrighteous are destroyed by fire (annihilated) and the righteous are taken to heaven.

4. The righteous do not spend eternity in heaven.

5. Believe the second coming of Christ is near, therefore believers must be ready at all times (endure to the end).

6. The righteous will be resurrected at Christ’s return and are then taken to heaven.  For the next 1000 years Satan and the fallen angels live on the earth, thereafter a second resurrection occurs and the devil and his minions are destroyed.  The righteous then return to a cleansed earth to establish the New Jerusalem.

It goes without saying that I am confused: who on earth (pun intended) still exists to take part in the second resurrection since the righteous go to heaven, the unrighteous are annihilated and only the devil and his minions are left remaining on the earth for 1000 years?

7. They hold to the belief that the body is the temple of God and should be cared for, and thus abstain from harmful substances like alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet.

8. Keep the Sabbath on a Saturday (preparation day being Friday).

Righteous by their own efforts – veganism, vegetarianism, no alcohol, no tobacco, keeping the sabbath on a Saturday and looking forward to Christ’s second coming are the works that get them the gift of eternal life, apart from this, the New Jerusalem does not come down from heaven, on the contrary and according to their beliefs, it is established by “the righteous”.

Note the terms ” righteous ” and “unrighteous” as opposed to “saved” and “lost”

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” ~ The Apostle Paul, Galatians 2:21.