Friday, November 6, 2009

A. C.U.R.E.

The famous (or infamous, depending on your view) theological acronym TULIP has served the church community well in summarizing the basic tenets of Calvinistic soteriology for centuries. It arose from the disputations the Arminian school of thought offered back in the 1600's. The Calvinists walked away from the debate with TULIP and carried the day, the Arminians walked away ridiculed with nothing but the truth.

There have been some good offerings for a similar acronym for Arminian soteriology (like FACTS), but I have never found them satisfactory, because I didn't feel they were clearly descriptive. So, for the ailment of inexactitude, I'd like to offer a cure, or literally, A CURE.

A.= Absolute Inability: mankind is so stricken by sin and the fall, that none are able to turn themselves to God apart from his gracious enablements.
C.= Conditional Election: God has chosen to save all who place faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
U.= Unlimited Atonement: the blood of Christ was shed for the sins of the entire world, and anyone who will can avail themselves of its effects through faith.
R.= Resistable Grace: God's efforts at bringing his gracious enablements to the sinner can be resisted by the sinner.
E.= Extinguishable Faith: the faith that God's grace made possible can be lost or shipwrecked by the person who had believed at one time.

I think this is a little more clearly descriptive than the FACTS acronym (and it doesn't have to be shared with a toy convention). Hopefully, some of my Arminian readers will weigh in with their thoughts. It would be nice to have something as communicative as TULIP among those of us who actually got our soteriology right! ;-)