Jacob Arminius – Part 6

After this broad overview of the life and teachings of Jacob Arminius, I would like to look at his teachings in a bit more detail, being particularly interested in how they compare with Calvinism’s TULIP system.  The TULIP label is used to summarize the five major points of Calvinism: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints.  Arminius and his followers, who became known as the Remonstrants, were deeply opposed to at least the middle three tenets of the TULIP system.  The fifth aspect of TULIP, the perseverance of the saints, is a very controversial point in Christian circles.  I was surprised to find that even Arminius, who is known to history as the great opponent of Calvinism, did not himself take a position on this issue.  He was unclear about it in his own mind and left the issue for further study.  He did not come to a conclusion before his death, and the first Remonstrant statement of faith (which came out in 1610) did not deny or affirm belief in perseverance of the saints.

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Author: Daniel

I am a Christian who is seeking to build God's Kingdom.