After reading this article, cin.org/users/james/files/tulip.htm
A Tiptoe Through TULIP, I am confused by some of the claims of Limited Atonement, Irresistable Grace, and by Perseverance of the Saints–especially in the Calvinist view.
These are my questions:
#1 Limited Atonement: How do Christians in the vein of Calvin, deal with verses such as John 4:42 and 1 John 2:2? I understand and agree with the idea of Limited “Efficacious” Atonement, mostly because it doesn’t compromise free-will, but that’s not the Calvinist view, and I’d like to understand their method of reasoning.
#2 Irresistible Grace: I believe that God gives grace freely and abundantly. However, I believe we can choose not to accept God’s gifts. I guess that makes me of the Molinist camp? My question is, what is the Calvinst view of free-will in conjunction with the Thomist view of Irresistible Grace?
#3Perseverance of the Saints: I understand the concept–(although again, I’m not sure how free-will works in the Calvinist view)–but my primary question is how one can feel **assured he is among the persevering saints **and claim “I am saved” meaning “I will go to heaven”. Where does one have proof that they are truly the “elect” and will persevere to the end? It appears that the only proof is the negative–that if one lives a Christ centered life and “appears” saved, but subsequently falls away…they were never “in fact” predestined to salvation. So where is the “assurance” that an individual is “actually” among the elect and therefore really assured. One is only assured “IF” they are among the elect, and he can only know that he is actually among the elect after he’s persevered to the end. See…I’m pretty confused on this one…
In advance…thanks for the help…