Five Tulips

I’ve chosen “Five Tulips” as the general theme for this site.  Though I am quite fond of tulips I have not selected them as a symbol for this site simply because of their beauty and visual appeal.  I’ve chosen tulips for my theme because each time I see them they remind me of the acronym, T-U-L-I-P, that has long been used to summarize the theological views that are now commonly referred to as “Calvinism”.

Total Depravity

Unconditional Election

Limited Atonement

Irresistable Grace

Perseverance of the Saints

Many have pointed out that it is far too simplistic to try to fully describe the theological positions of Calvinism by means of these five terms alone.  But this acronym does serve as a convenient way to show the main points at which Calvinism differs so markedly from other theological positions such as Arminianism, Pelagianism, and semi-pelagianism

Unfortunately, it is often very difficult for Calvinists to hold a meaningful discourse with adherents of these other positions because of the mischaracterizations and distortions that have been applied to the term, “Calvinism”.

The term itself is often held in such derision by opponents that all hope of meaningful dialog is lost just by its utterance.  This has certainly been my experience on more than a few occasions.  Thus I am often very hesitant to identify myself as a Calvinist in the early stages of a discussion of these issues.

There are innumerable descriptions and discussions on the internet that deal with this subject.  I doubt that an in-depth discussion here would add much to the furtherance of this debate.  But I would venture to say that a careful unbiased reading of the Word of God leaves little doubt as to which position is biblically sound.

For more information on this subject and other related topics check out the text resources from Pastor David Martin at the Liberty Christian Church website.


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