“When man first sinned he died (Genesis 2:17). Now man is spiritually dead, not well, not sick, not even terminally ill, but dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). His depravity pertaining to all aspects of his personality is total this is not to be confused with utter depravity for there is room for deprovement. Consequently this slave of sin (John 8:34), exploits every opportunity to sin in every area of his being, in thought, word and deed, by commission, or omission, and even his good works are bad (Genesis 6:5). Total depravity is our one original contribution to TULIP. We are the dirty soil in which God plants His flower and from our filth, produces a thing of divine beauty. Those who have eyes to see will notice that the TULIP is an infralapsarian plant.“
This month's Article of the Month is a transcription of a lecture given by John Gerstner, at the Presbyterian Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) 1978 lectures. With his inimitable growl, John Gerstner delivers what I think is one of the best explanations of the Five Points of Calvinism also known as TULIP.
Read it now, here: TULIP
For later reading, simply go to The Highway homepage
and click on the Article of the Month image.
In His service and grace,