I am a Pentecostal/Charismatic. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit. I pray in tongues. I believe in that God still heals, and performs miracles today. I believe in the gift of prophecy, knowledge, and wisdom.
Where I part ways with many in this camp is that I’m no longer of the Armenian, Wesleyan way of belief, which a majority of Pentecostal/Charismatics are. I now believe in more reformed way of thought.
While I haven’t arrived totally completely into believing every little thing those of the Reformed/Calvinist camp believes…I feel their doctrines are the most Biblical.
It has taken me a number of years to arrive to my current beliefs. A lot of study, particularly through Scripture that I began to arrive there. In fact, I haven’t ever read a reformed book until this year. I’m currently reading, “what is reformed theology” by RC Sproul. I finally decided to read a book on it. I like to feel that the Spirit was showing me the way through Scripture. I have listened to a number of sermons online though. People like John Piper, John Macarthur, CJ Mahaney.
I’m not too much a fan of how TULIP is commonly defined. I think it could be defined better.
Basically, this is what TULIP stands for in the reformed faith.
T – Total depravity
U – Unconditional election
L – Limited atonement
I – Irresistible grace
P – Perseverance of the Saints.
There is another blog that I read from quite often called, “Heat and light.” It list two other versions of TULIP I really like. I’d thought I’d share them here.
The first one comes from Jared Hanley. Here it is:
1. We’re so messed up that we need a miracle to restore our broken fellowship with God.
2. God chooses us, not based on what He knew that we would do, but simply out of love.
3. Christ gave Himself for the church.
4. When the light of the gospel fully shines in our hearts, we find God’s love to be irresistible.
5. Those who truly belong to Christ are able to stand strong only by the grace of God.
Here is what Heat and Light had to say about his version of TULIP:
He’s stripped away, at least for me, all of the primary areas of debate, and left behind a simple, modern phrasing which succinctly summarizes some powerful Biblical truths.
He quotes another version from John Piper. Here it is:
1. We experience first our depravity and need of salvation.
2. Then we experience the irresistible grace of God leading us toward faith.
3. Then we trust the sufficiency of the atoning death of Christ for our sins.
4. Then we discover that behind the work of God to atone for our sins and bring us to faith was the unconditional election of God.
5. And finally we rest in his electing grace to give us the strength and will to persevere to the end in faith.
These are other good ways at looking at the doctrines of grace.