Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Truth about TULIP and the 5 Solas

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on January 4, 2014

TULIP and the 5Solas are the Reformed bumper stickers that solidify the Reformed gospel as a given truth. They are the, “Give me liberty or give me death,” and “Remember the Alamo” of Americanism. The major difference in this analogy is the fine print. Patriotic bumper stickers are pretty straight forward; Reformed bumper stickers have a lot of fine print. In fact, with TULIP and the 5Solas, the devil is literally in the details.

T: Total Depravity. The assumption is that this only pertains to mankind in general and not the family of God. No, it is also the total depravity of the saints.

U: Unconditional Election. This isn’t an election for salvation. The elect qualify for a race of faith alone; viz, Augustine’s Sabbath Rest doctrine. If one lives by faith alone as a Christian, the reward is salvation. This is the already and not yet Reformed bumper sticker.

L: Limited Atonement. Only in regard to those chosen to enter the race of faith, not everyone “elected.”

I: Irresistible Grace. Also known as the effectual calling. This only pertains to being called into the race of faith. According to Calvin, only the ones gifted with perseverance finish the race of faith alone. So, there is the non-elect, the elect, and those who persevere (CI 3.24.6).

P: Perseverance of the Saints. Not the idea that the chosen will persevere as a result of election, but the chosen must finish the race by faith alone in order to receive the prize of salvation. The race of faith is not for rewards as workmen for the kingdom—the reward is salvation.

I: Scripture Alone. As a narrative that only shows Christians their total depravity in a deeper and deeper way so that they can continually return to the same gospel that saved them.

II: Faith Alone. For both justification and sanctification.

III: Grace Alone. For both justification and sanctification. Justification is progressive; i.e., sanctification by justification.

IV. Christ Alone. Literally. All of reality is interpreted through Christ and His works in the gospel. EVERYTHING else is a shadow of Christocentric reality, including the other two members of the Trinity.

V. Glory to God Alone. Literally. EVERYTHING else recognized as having worth steals from the glory of God. Luther/Augustine/Calvin interpreted reality as everything being categorized as the glory story (man) or the cross story (Christocentric reality).


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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on January 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.


  2. Joel Taylor said, on January 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    “II.” is not Calvinism, but New Calvinism. Big difference. New calvinism is not calvinism at all.


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