Total Depravity (TULIP)
Here. We. Go.
Ready or not, it's happening. The famous TULIP discussion regarding the Doctrines of Grace, also known as Calvinism, has come to Simple Theology!
Each week we will discuss one aspect of the TULIP. But wait, what's the TULIP, you say? It's an acronym summarizing the reformed understanding of God's saving grace.
T - Total Depravity/Inability
U - Unconditional Election
L - Limited Atonement
I - Irresistible Grace
P - Perseverance of the Saints
So, today we're getting into Total Depravity (or Total Inability), the doctrine that emphasizes that we are genuinely dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1). Not wounded or on life-support, but dead.
This is heavy, because if it's true, that means we are entirely dependent on something outside of ourselves to make us spiritually alive. Our death means we are deprived of the ability to choose what leads to life.
No physically dead person performs CPR on themselves to bring them back to life. The same principle applies, spiritually speaking. Something outside of us must act to give us "eyes to see and ears to hear" (Isaiah 6:10; Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2; Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27; Romans 11:8).
And that is where the Doctrines of Grace begin. With the doctrine of Total Depravity!
ARTICLE: TULIP (Desiring God)
BOOK: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
BOOK: Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
BOOK: PROOF: Finding Freedom Through The Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace. by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones