Calvinism – Part 5: Total Depravity

Episode 8

Here we come to consider the “T” in T.U.L.I.P., which stands for “total depravity”. The question is this: What is man’s condition after the fall and before the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit? In other words, what is natural and fallen man’s condition? What is he capable of and what is he incapable of? Some have prefered to call this doctrine “total inability,” thinking that this better communicates the issue at hand. Whatever you call it, the doctrine is of vital importance.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–7, ESV)


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