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Is the L of Tulip the most controversial of the points.





nickfyoung
After the reformation started by Luther etc, the new church formulated it's doctrines based on Scripture alone and came up with the reformed faith. One reformed scholar, Jacobus Arminius, played around with a few variations to that doctrine. After he died, some of the followers that he had gathered decided to put his new doctrines to the church as an alternative.

The church took it very seriously and called a meeting to look at these new doctrines, the synod of Dorte in about 1620 odd. This was held in Holland and attended by representatives from most of the churches from as far a way as England and Scotland. They met for well over a year in more than 500 meetings and breaking up into small groups they checked these new doctrines against all of scripture.

They finally concluded that the new doctrines were heresy, had the leader executed, and presented five points to counter each of the five new doctrines. For some strange reason these five points have become known as the five points of Calvinism even though he was well and truly dead and gone by now. These five points are known as TULIP, total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and preservation of the Saints.

It seems that limited atonement is the most controversial in that while the death of Christ was sufficient for all men there was not much point in Christ dying for those already in Hell or going to be, This is why you will some pastors describe them selves as a four or a three point Calvinist as they can't accept all the points. Do you find the L as the most unacceptable.
LxGoodies
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it was held in Holland

This all sounds quite Dutch and familiar indeed, Nick ! Small correction: "Dort" refers to the Dutch city of Dordrecht or Dordt.

I've got this one in my collection.



It remembers the Synode van Dordrecht, of 1619-1620.

The obverse shows the gathering in Dordt, the reverse shows the Temple of Sion, with the four winds (ref Zecharia 2)

As for your TULIP, I was not aware of that abbreviation exist. In Dutch, the five points are referred to as the Dordtse Leerregels (or "the Canons of Dort")
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