Quite some time ago, I began blogging about the doctrines represented in the acronym, T.U.L.I.P. In my October 3, 2015 post Total Depravity Introduces Grace, I attempted to explain that this term means that we have no ability to come to Christ through our own efforts.
I found a video featuring Matt Slick from The Calvinist Corner’s article The Five Points of Calvinism that provides a quick, but thorough, examination of Total Depravity in just under ten minutes. I agree with pretty much everything he says, and showing you this video saves me a lot of time and effort. After you watch it, please scroll down for a few remarks I want make.
Slick made a comment, early in his presentation, that the doctrine of Total Depravity doesn’t mean any of us is as bad as we could be. By human standards, most of us lead pretty respectable lives. But we lack any ability, in and of ourselves, to effect our own salvation apart from the Holy Spirit’s gracious intervention. Some contemporary theologians and Bible teachers, therefore, have replaced “Total Depravity” with “Total Inability.”
I look forward to writing about Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and the Perseverance of the Saints over the next several months, but this first point absolutely must be understood in order for the rest to make sense. More importantly, it must be understood for the Gospel to make sense. So I will concentrate on this doctrine for a while, trusting the Lord to show His glory in bringing us to Himself.