The war rages on between Calvinism and Arminianism, and will 'til our Lord comes. How can we be of one mind if there is such differing views on salvation, man's depravity, God's sovereignty in the saving of a soul? Both cannot be right, one is damning to the soul in that it robs God of glory and portrays Him as weak, waiting, hoping; anything but what He is and that is sovereign. I am of the persuasion that the free will philosophy is a clear violation of what God's word actually teaches.
Here is a concise teaching on total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverence of the saints...
The Decision of the Synod of Dort on the Five Main Points of Doctrine in the Netherlands, known more simply as The Canons of Dort, was an official document written by the national synod of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. It was written in 1619, and represented the official response to another document, The Remonstrance, written in 1610 by the followers of Jacob Arminius. The writers of The Canons of Dort organized their arguments in five points, each corresponding to the five points set out in The Remonstrance. These five points have come to be known as The Five Points of Calvinism, or by the acronym T.U.L.I.P. These five points are:
- I. Total Depravity
- II. Unconditional Election
- III. Limited Atonement
- IV. Irresistible Grace
- V. Perseverance of the Saints
In the outline below, both the Arminian and the Reformed positions are briefly stated. The Reformed position is then subdivided as necessary, and supported with scripture.