T – Total Depravity (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 1)

T – Total Depravity (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 1) November 19, 2004

HAve decided to tag along with JOLLYBLOGGER in his new series on the five points of Calvinism often known by the acronymn TULIP. He has done a couple of introductory posts and then begins with the following quote “The effect of the fall upon man is that sin has extended to every part of his personality — his thinking, his emotions, and his will. Not necessarily that he is intensely sinful, but that sin has extended to his entire being. The unregenerate (unsaved) man is dead in his sins (Romans 5:12). Without the power of the Holy Spirit, the natural man is blind and deaf to the message of the gospel (Mark 4:11f). This is why Total Depravity has also been called ‘Total Inability.’ ”

David is anxious to point out that this doctrine doesnt mean that the non-christian is totally incapable of doing good. I am glad he says that as in my view many Christians behave WORSE than some non-christians. It is my belief that not every Christian is a better person than every non-christian. However a Christian should be a better person than they were as a non-christian.

We are all lost in sin and need a miracle to be saved. That is what Total Depravity means.

UPDATE

For the rest of the posts in this series see its all about you Jesus- calvinism and worship


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