Unconditional Election

T – total depravity

U – unconditional election

Some quibble about this one but regardless of the camp they come from, it is clear & without a doubt that the “elect”, as seen in the Scriptures, describes those in Christ (true Christians).

In light of total depravity, we cannot turn to Him on our own any longer. We need God to pursue us before we can pursue Him. To do this, He elects us or chooses us to come to Him. This is not based upon anything in us which is why we call it unconditional. As such, God is actively choosing who He will have mercy and compassion on and call to Himself. (Rom. 9:15, Exodus 33:19)

Some will say this sounds unfair. However, we must keep in mind that in our natural and rebellious state that only seeks after self, we deserve  judgement, even unto Hell. God would be perfectly justified to throw all of His creation into the fire because of its corrupted state; however, instead He chooses to redeem some of us and make us a part of His family. We do not deserve it which speaks of the depth of His love.

God’s election is what begins our path toward salvation which is something that we will see further information in the next points to the TULIP tool for the 5 points of Calvinism.

Ephesians 1:4-8; Romans 9:11

For more reading:

Calvinist Corner

Note: This topic is also known as predestination.

Total Depravity

Total Depravity, the first of the 5 points of Calvinism.

This refers to original sin, the first sin of rebellion carried out in the garden of Eden that corrupted man’s nature. How did this come about?

For starters, humans were not the first beings created. Before creating humans, God created all other life including more spirit-type beings like the various casts of angels. Chief among them was Lucifer. Lucifer was the first to turn selfish and thereby wanted himself to be at the center of things, so he rebelled against God and there were other angels that followed him. He then proceeded to aim to bring the very pinnacle of God’s creation into his rebellion (the first man and woman) and therefore proceeded to tempt (in the form of a serpent) Eve and thereby tempt Adam to rebel against God’s one rule, to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Before this, mankind was in a state of innocence. God, who has not changed from then even until now, is holy and just by nature and could not go back on the punishment he promised; therefore, the curse of sin (which brings death) fell upon the first two humans. There was no more innocence, they now had every thought, desire, and action tainted by sinful desire that focuses on self rather than God. In such a state, mankind could no longer be the image bearers they are meant to be. Adam and Eve became like marred and cracked mirrors and through them the rest of creation became subject to the curse of sin that all began with rebellion to God.

So where does that get us to now? Well, from Adam and Eve was born the human race. In their corrupted state, they could only ever give birth to corrupted beings like themselves. As such, we are born into a depraved state that has no natural inclination towards anything in particular besides self. We are therefore totally depraved of Him.

This does not mean we are unable to do any “good” actions without God in our lives but it does mean each of those supposedly “good” actions without Him will actually be all about ourselves and how good we are. In other words, the “good” actions carried out by the unbelieving world are ultimately bad because they do not seek to bring God glory but instead seek to bring self glory (much as Lucifer sought to do with himself who loves to masquerade as an angel of light).

This then sets us up for the coming points of the TULIP tool, next of which is Unconditional election.

If you want to preempt me, here is a link to a list of articles and the like on the 5 points of Calvinism.


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