Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The TULIP 'Dead Headed' by an Evangelical Calvinist

This is just off the top, and reflects something I said in the comment thread of another post. How would an Evangelical Calvinist reframe the infamous TULIP if he/she had to? Reframe so that we end up with a Christ-centred TULIP. Here’s a go:
  • T otal Depravity = Reframe: He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Cor. 5:21
  • U nconditional Election = Reframe: Col. 1:15ff (He has supremacy over life and death, He is the center of salvation in God’s life for us).
  • L imited Atonement = Reframe: The atonement is ‘limited to Christ for us’.
  • I rresistable Grace = Reframe: God has already taken the choice for humanities’ salvation in Christ (II Cor. 5:19).
  • P erseverance = Reframe: Our life is grounded in Christ’s life, based on the power of an indestructible life. Heb. 7:15
Obviously Christ’s vicariousness plays the central role in this framing, what do you think? I think this could be done better, but it’s off the top; and in reality we aren’t slaves to the TULIP in the first place . . . just trying to be creative.

*I wrote this a few years ago, I would restate some of these to be even more clear; and maybe I'll do that in the days to come.


  1. That's a really good way to focus it all back on the Cross. We are Christans, after all: called by the name of our Redeemer!

    What a Saviour we have in Jesus, who in His love for us, suffered and bled for us upon the Cross and was raised from the dead, that we may have forgiveness of sins and life everlasting!

  2. Hi Stefan,

    A Christ-conditioned, TULIP ;-).

    Good words, brother!


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