Irresistible Grace

Part 4 in a 5 part series. View series intro and index. The doctrine of irresistible grace can be confused to mean that Reformed theologians think the Holy Spirit’s influence cannot be resisted. That is clearly not taught in Scripture. In Acts 7:51, Steven said, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.” Paul even says that people can quench the Spirit in Ephesians 4:30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19. Certainly we can say no to the Holy Spirit. For someone who never knows Jesus, they are kept in sin … Continue reading Irresistible Grace

Unconditional Election

Part 2 in a 5 part series. View series intro and index. Though unconditional election is not second in the order of salvation for a believer, it is next on our list in TULIP.  It makes sense that if we are totally depraved and do no good thing on our own then we are completely dependent on an outside variable in determining our salvation.  We call this the doctrine of unconditional election and its definition is: “Man’s salvation is conditioned on the variable of God’s grace alone since man can not obtain righteousness with God because of his sinful state.”  In other words, apart from … Continue reading Unconditional Election

An Overview of TULIP

Series Index Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints Part 1 in a 5 part series. View series intro and index. There has been so much literature written about these five precious points of Reformed doctrine, so I will in no way attempt to write exhaustive essays about them.  However, over the next week, I will write overviews of each of the points.  I will try to heed the words of Proverbs 17:27-28 (which I fail at so often), “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man … Continue reading An Overview of TULIP

Perseverance of the Saints

There’s a lot of different perspectives in Christianity about the level of assurance a believer can have.  D.A. Carson, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, offers some great insight: For non-reformed theologies…”at the end of the day, the security of the believer finally rests with the believer.  For those in the opposite camp [Reformed], the security of the believer finally rests with God–and that, I suggest, rightly taught, draws the believer back to God himself, to trust in God, to a renewed faith that is of a piece with trusting him in the first place.” When people believe that their free-choice brought … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints