Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Opus 2011-151, New Terms: Calvinians

I used this term in the title of a previous post.  I don’t know if I have read it somewhere else or if I just made it up myself.  It isn’t so clever that many people could not have come up with it.

Calvinian is a combination of Calvinist and Arminian.  A Calvinian is someone who belongs to a church tradition that officially follows the teachings of John Calvin but often acts, preaches and teaches like an Arminian.

Calvinists officially accept the five points of Calvinism which are expressed in the acronym TULIP.

    Total depravity
    Unconditional grace
    Limited atonement
    Irresistible grace
    Perseverance of the saints

Arminians would agree with the first point and have serious disagreements about the other four, at least as Calvinists understand them.

I came across an acronym, FACTS, on an Arminian site called An Introspective of an Arminian Christian.
Freed to believe by God's grace
Atonement for All
Conditional Election
Total Depravity
Security in Christ
It is attributed to Dr. Brian Abasciano

As you can see, the only agreement is on total depravity.  All Christians believe that man is not just a sinner but is in a condition of original sin.  The others tend to be opposites.

Do you know where you stand on these doctrines and why?

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