Saturday, July 07, 2007

Calvinism and other acrostics

Below are several acrostics vying to replace the old standard T.U.L.I.P Calvinistic acrostic. Also included in Malcolm Yarnell's non-Calvinistic L.I.L.Y.

Total Depravity
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints

G.r.a.c.e., By an unknown author
God’s Sovereign Election
Radical Depravity
Accomplished Redemption
Called Effectually
Endurance of the Saints

Timothy George in "Amazing Grace":
Radical Depravity
Overcoming Grace
Sovereign Election
Eternal Life
Singular Redemption

Phil Johnson's outline (not an acrostic) of Calvinism based on I John 4:19 - "We love Him, because He first loved us." The outline is as follows:

  • Perverseness of our fallen state - (We could not love Him first)
  • Priority of God's electing choice - (He loved us first)
  • Particularity of God's saving work - (He loved us)
  • Power of His loving deliverance - (We love Him because)
  • Perfection of His redemptive plan - (We love)
Roger Nicole suggests the following replacements (the first is not an acrostic):
Radical and Pervasive Depravity
Sovereign, Divine Election
Definite Atonement (or Particular Redemption)
Effectual, Saving Grace
Perseverance of God with the Saints

      and Gospel
Obligatory (that is, indispensable)
Sovereign (in choice)
Particular (in redemption)
Effectual (in operation)
Lasting (that is, secure)

Preservation of the Saints

Absolute predestination
Specific Atonement

Total inability
Effectual Calling
(Paste can also be rearranged to "tapes", or "specific" can be changed to "limited" to then spell "Petal")

Malcolm Yarnell's The Lily:
Lord: Jesus Christ Alone
Integrity: Say what you mean, and Mean what you say
Love: The ethics of our Savior
Yieldedness: Discipleship is the Call of God upon us


Writer said...

Except for (L) Lord: Jesus Christ Alone, Dr. Yarnell demonstrates the typical SBC man-centeredness (you, our, us).

It would be refreshing to see a SBC professor who could communicate about Christ and who He is beyond the context of "me".


R. L. Vaughn said...

Les, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Come back again.

I personally prefer Phil Johnson's outline of I John 4:19 (even though I sometimes tire of the overuse of alliteration in modern Christianity). It seems to basically stick with the text, avoids some of the "finer" points of systematic soteriology, and is God-centered while acknowledging man's response.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we need a reminder that TULIP is Calvinism's response to Arminianism. I find it quite adequate and does not need expansion, in and of itself.

Les Puryear makes a good point. We ought to speak more of "Christ, and whose Son is He...." than dwell on so many sidepoints.

Mr. Spurgeon was the "victim" of a deacon, who was not a preacher, but kept repeating.."Look, look to Jesus....." I think this led to Mr. Spurgeon's Christocentricity in all his preaching.

I had a discussion with some Jehovah's Witnesses yesterday, and I kept calling them back to the person of Christ, and they became quite frustrated with me because they couldn't get to second base with their false doctrines.



R. L. Vaughn said...

We ought to speak more of "Christ, and whose Son is He...."

Jim, I think you are right. IMO, there is nothing wrong with the "internal" discussion of the points of Calvinism vs. Arminianism (and all points in between). But our preaching should be Christ, not Calvinism or Arminianism.