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TULIP: An Allegory

Once there was a great, dark building guarded by a tall, dark creature. A man dressed in white strode to the door and handed the dark creature a bag of gold coins. “That is the exact amount for the ones I come for,” the man in white said as he pushed inside with barely a […]

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The Five Points of Calvinism

The Five Points of Calvinism by Herman Hanko and David J. Englesma. Published by the British Reformed Fellowship, 2008. www.britishreformedfellowship.org.uk. TULIP is once again in full bloom, thanks to the British Reformed Fellowship publication of The Five Points of Calvinism by Herman Hanko and David J. Englesma. Some may only see a dry, ugly tulip bulb buried beneath […]

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Tulip (7)

Mother gathered up the empty lemonade glasses. It had been a refreshing afternoon break for the whole family. “I think I’ve had enough,” Jamie said with a grin as he patted his tummy. “Thanks, Mom.” “You’re welcome,” said Mother. “What about you, Krystal?” “Oh yes! Thank you, I’ve had plenty.” “Same here,” Father added. “But,” […]

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Tulip (6)

“More ice-cold lemonade, Jamie?” Mother asked. “Yes, please!” he said as he held his empty glass out for more. It was a warm afternoon. “I’ll pour it for you,” Krystal volunteered, “besides, I’d like some my-self.” She liked to practice being hostess, too. “Would you like some more lemonade, Dad?” “Yes, tha—.” But that was […]

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Tulip (5)

The pleasant clink of ice cubes in glasses of lemonade added to the refreshing break that Krystal and her family enjoyed together. Much work around the house and yard had been done, but much work was still left to do. “Another letter?” Father asked. “Yes,” said Mother, “we’re up to the I in TULIP—irresistible grace.” […]

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Tulip (4)

“What does the ‘L’ stand for again?” Krystal asked her mother. “Limited atonement,” Mother answered. “It means that Christ died only for a limited amount of people, His chosen elect. He did not die for everyone.” Krystal nodded, but before she could say any more, she and her mother heard a sound and paused to […]

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Tulip (3)

Krystal apologized for breaking the vase and making a mess. She helped her mother clean it up. “Well, I know you didn’t break it on purpose,” Mother comforted Krystal. “And there is one more consolation. At least the tulips weren’t in our good heirloom vase. The vase that broke can easily be replaced.” They went […]

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Tulip (2)

“What do the tulips remind you of?” Krystal asked her parents. “The five—” they said the words in unison and laughed. Mother feigned a curtsy and then let Father speak. “The five points of Calvinism,” Father completed the answer. “You remember: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. It […]

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Tulip (1)

Krystal hummed along with a familiar hymn on the radio as she put a bunch of tulips in a vase. Mother had picked the late bloomers that morning, but hadn’t had time to arrange them. Everyone was busy with special jobs to do on this beautiful Saturday afternoon! Even Krystal’s little brother, Jamie, was sweeping […]

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Perseverance: Patti’s Problem

“Here I go again.  Looks like another Monday night with no sleep.  Why is this happening to me?  If I could just get out of going to catechism.  I’m sure everything would be alright. “Everything was going just fine earlier in the year.  It almost seemed too good to be true.  Being totally depraved by […]

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An Irresistible Need

                             Many years ago I was sitting in a religion class with a Protestant                         Reformed friend when the religion professor, who was also a                         minister, said concerning man and God’s grace, “What makes a                         man different from all the other animals is that he can say ‘no’                         to God.”   We […]

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Saved By Christ

Proof for the Doctrine of Limited Atonement             Mathematics is a school subject which has challenged us, or may still be challenging us today.  Whether we learn about integers, decimals, algebra, or even calculus, we should realize that without the basic facts learned in our earlier years, math in higher grades would almost be impossible […]

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Unconditional Election

This elect number, though by nature neither better nor more deserving than others, but with them involved in one common misery, God had decreed to give to Christ, to be saved by him, and effectually to call and draw them to his communion by his Word and Spirit, to bestow upon them true faith, justification […]

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Total Depravity

Total Depravity is the first in the tulip acrostic of Calvinism, which by the way, was not developed by John Calvin. Total depravity is one subject that does not have to look far and wide for, to find evidence of, its existence.  Tangible evidences abound all around us. Total depravity is misunderstood by many; in […]

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Tuning Our Gereformeerd Voerhoren

The Dutch had an interesting description for those in the church who were very sensitive to doctrinal issues.  Such people were said to have Gereformeerd Voerhoren.  “Gereformeerd Voerhoren” means “Reformed Antennae.” You might want to ask your parents how to pronounce this if they know any Dutch.  If not, just remember that “V” in Dutch […]

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Our God’s Victorious Grace

As you young people know, it makes no difference where you prick an inflated balloon.  Whether you prick it in front or in back, on the left side or on the right side, you are going to deflate it.  The larger the hole the faster the air or gas will escape.  In fact, even a […]

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The Perseverance of the Saints

In our final article on TULIP we call attention to the letter, P, in TULIP, the perseverance of the saints. We must distinguish between perseverance and preservation. The preservation of the saints refers to a work of God upon the saints. The perseverance of the saints refers to a work of God through the saints. […]

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Irresistible Grace

The truth of God’s irresistible grace is represented by the fourth letter, “I”, of the word TULIP. That the grace of God is irresistible follows, inexorably, from the truths of God’s sovereign predestination, limited or particular atonement and total and absolute depravity, even as it is just as true that the Armenians must conclude that […]

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Total Depravity

We now turn our attention in this third article to the first letter of TULIP the letter which represents the truth of Total Depravity.  Is it not unbelievable that our mother church, the Christian Reformed Church, could deny a truth as clearly scriptural and which is experienced by every child of God?  In 1924 that […]

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Limited Atonement

In our second article on TULIP, we call your attention to the third letter of this word. This third letter of the word representing the Five Points of Calvinism refers to the truth of Limited Atonement. We prefer to speak of Particular Atonement. Of course, we have no objection to the word, limited, as meaning […]

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Unconditional Predestination

This article is the first of a series of 5 on the 5 points of Calvinism. Having been asked to write an article for Beacon Lights on each letter of TULIP, or the Five Points of Calvinism, I gladly comply. My first article will deal with the subject of Unconditional Election or Predestination, the second […]

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Common Grace Versus Tulip

I wish to congratulate our young people upon the choice of this subject. Do you, young people, realize that the Christian Reformed Church’s (our mother church) adoption of the Three Points in 1924, their choice of a common and a general grace of God, led very directly to their present sad and deplorable condition? Having […]

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Living for Christ

Yes! Let’s live for Christ! Already, I feel that some eyebrows have raised . . . perhaps because “living for Christ” has the same ring to it as does “Crusade for Christ” or “Youth for Christ.” And that ring is the ring of Arminianism. Sometimes I think that we are so afraid of anything that […]

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