TULIP vs Reformed Theology: Taking the Five Points to the Next Level (Ep. 114)

April 2, 2023

For a lot of people, TULIP, or the “Five Points of Calvinism”, serves as their introduction to Reformed Theology. But TULIP describes a fairly narrow set of doctrines, focused specifically on aspects of salvation, and while they are true and there is nothing wrong with knowing them or holding to them, Reformed Theology is a much broader and deeper subject. Reformed Theology is about the sovereignty of God over all things and focuses on God’s centrality in all and through all things. Or as Paul says at the end of Romans 11: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HAS BECOME HIS COUNSELOR?” “OR WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM AND IT SHALL BE REPAID TO HIM?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

In this episode, we discuss the differences between TULIP or Calvinistic Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and Reformed Theology and we do so by considering how the doctrines that make up the Five Points of Calvinism (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints) apply to more than just salvation. The goal is to demonstrate how the Reformed view of doctrine is not narrow but broad. To the extent that any doctrine is true, that doctrine shapes the world by its truth, and the doctrines related to salvation are no difference. Our desire is that we would all seek to know God more deeply, for the people of God to think deeply and with great joy upon the things that God has revealed to us, and for the church to not grow complacent, but to continue reforming as we better understand our Lord and his glorious plan to glorify himself through creation. Please join us as we discuss this important topic.

One of the resources that we mention in the episode is J.I. Packer’s Introduction to a reprint of John Owen’s book, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. It is available here:

00:00:00 Intro
00:06:19 More Than Salvation
00:10:04 The Five Points
00:18:02 Total Depravity
00:35:43 Unconditional Election
00:43:44 Limited Atonement
00:52:39 Irresistible Grace
01:02:32 Perseverance of the Saints

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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