This post was written for a forum by Apologetic Warrior. The content is good, so good I thought I’d post it as a good introduction to the importance of understanding the sinfulness of man and the free-ness of grace.
Only one point of Calvinism need be true for the rest to fall into place. What I mean is, ULIP follows from the T. The Scriptural evidence and support for T is overwhelming, and many of the peeps in denial are biblical errantists and or deny Sola Scriptura. Though others could do a better job of demonstrating, I will attempt to bring attention to some of the connections between all of the five points.
U – necessary because of T. Election cannot depend on man, it must depend on God because man left to wallow in his nature, wills to sin in every choice.
L – necessary because of T. Because nobody is worthy, neither can anyone make their self worthy, salvation requires the sovereign grace of God, His merciful unconditional loving choice of particular individuals for His purpose, pleasure, and glory.
I – necessary because of T. On our own, without the unconditional particular monergistic regeneration graciously lavished on us, we could do nothing but resist the grace of God. As it is written, “for without me you can do nothing”.
P – necessary because of T (an extension of U, the logical conclusion of L, an extension of I). Left to our depravity, to our devices, we would all fail to persevere, if perseverance were conditionally dependent upon our choices, for in every Saint, there is still a sinner. If God has chosen out of mercy to save us, to give us a new heart and mind, then if follows that He will also give perseverance to His elect, His chosen ones, to those particular individuals whom can say “Christ died for me”, as opposed to the impersonal generic claim and notion of “Christ died for sin”. Christ died for me and it was necessary, because I was dead in sins, unworthy and unwilling. His precious blood paid for all of my sins because each one carries the same guilt and wage. Personally, I find no sense or support for the notion that God would choose to save, knowing we could and would “unsave” ourselves, that God would allow His choice to be trumped by the fickle choices of His creatures. He that began a good work will complete it, and that by unconditional love and grace.
Thank you for inspiring and opportunity to think these things through once again, as I am always in need of constant reminding and refreshing.