What Are The Five Points of Calvinism? A Clear & Concise Explanation

Reasonable Theology Podcast

Nov 22 2023 • 11 mins

What are the Five Points of Calvinism and what do these doctrines teach us about salvation?

Known as both the Doctrines of Grace and the Five Points of Calvinism, these doctrines are named for the distinct theological stances taken by the reformer John Calvin (who didn’t use this term himself).

You have likely come across the acrostic T.U.L.I.P. as a memory aid for these doctrinal positions. In this video I provide a concise description of each of the five doctrines represented by each letter:

○ Total Depravity
○ Unconditional Election
○ Limited Atonement
○ Irresistible Grace
○ Perseverance of the Saints

The Five Points of Calvinism are merely summaries of what the Bible teaches about salvation. We do not revere these doctrines because they were taught by John Calvin, but because they are found in Scripture.

➤ For a free PDF of Bible verses in support of each of these doctrines, visit https://reasonabletheology.org/the-five-points-of-calvinism-free-download/

Get the newsletter at ReasonableTheology.org/Subscribe. The weekly email includes:

  • the latest article or podcast episode
  • a helpful theological definition
  • a painting depicting a scene from Scripture or church history
  • a musical selection to enrich your day
  • the best book deal I've found that week to build your library.

Support the show

Each edition of the Reasonable Theology newsletter contains my latest article or podcast episode PLUS:

  • A Theological Word or Phrase Explained Quickly and Clearly
  • A Painting Depicting a Scene from Scripture or Church History
  • Audio of a Hymn or other Musical Selection to Enjoy
  • A Recommended Book or Resource to Expand Your Library