This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on Calvinism and it’s problems. I will be going through the Calvinistic acronym “TULIP”. Today we will be starting with the “T”. While the “T” is often defined as “Total Depravity”, most Calvinists either imply or include it as “Total Inability”.
Does the Bible teach Total Depravity? Absolutely! Psalms 53:3 says:
“They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”(ESV)
And then again in Isaiah 53, verse 6 it says:
“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;”(ESV)
Both Calvinists and Traditionalists affirm and believe Total Depravity.
The problem lies in Total Inability. Is man entirely incapable of accepting God’s gift of salvation? Is man entirely unable to repent of himself? We know that we cannot have works apart from God, so the question is, is repentance a work? First I would like you to think of what repentance truly is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary repentance means:
“the action or process of acknowledging regret for having done something wrong”
If we are acknowledging regret for doing something wrong, first we must admit that we are wrong.
The definition of repent according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:
a: to feel regret or contritionb: to change one’s mind
“deserving of honor or esteem”
Dr. Leighton Flowers was named the Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists in 2018. In addition to preaching on a wide range of biblical subjects, Leighton regularly travels to churches of all sizes to conduct seminars that specialize on evangelism and apologetics. He has participated in debates with leading apologists and led training conferences for the Annual Convention, Conclave, Apologetic Conferences, and the SBC Annual Convention.
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”