Monday, November 22, 2010

An Outline of the FACTS of Arminianism

Now, the acronym for Calvinism is fairly well known: TULIP. However, the acronym for the alternative doctrine is much less widely known. I will introduce the acronym briefly, and will also provide a link to a much longer statement of faith for those who are interested in understanding what the different points stand for. The protestant Christians who disagree with Calvinism generally follow Arminianism, which can be summarized and represented by the acronym FACTS:

Freed by Grace (to Believe)
Atonement for All
Conditional Election
Totally Total Depravity*
Security in Christ

*Standardly labeled "Total Depravity." I have labeled this point "Totally Total Depravity" to avoid any confusion (or purposeful misrepresentations) that Arminianism may be similar to the semi-pelagic view that man is not totally depraved.

See the full explanation HERE for further details.


Onesimus said...

I will always have a problem with the non-biblical terminology of "total depravity" considering its application does not really mean TOTAL. Therefore I have additional objection to "Totally Total Depravity" which compounds the original problem.

Why not stick with BIBLICAL terminology? I see that too often our non-biblical terminology can DEFINE our doctrine instead of merely describe it.

Total means there as absolutely no room for anything further to be added - it is complete and utter in its extent.

Man's depravity is no where near "total", there is room for worse.

The problem with unsaved man's condition is not so much "depravity" - it is that area of "goodness" that allows room for self-righteousness: having some good traits that can obscure the destructiveness of the bad.

JD said...

Good posting! I thought it was useful and hope you do more of these types of blogs!

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