Mr. T explains T.U.L.I.P. – Unconditional Election
Mr. T is back to explain the ‘U’ in T.U.L.I.P.; Unconditional Election.
Hey fool, I’m back! But don’t be scared, I’m just here to drop some Truth on you. That’s what the ‘T’ stands for in my name, sucka. Last week we talked about Total Depravity. For those of you fools who didn’t read that, or don’t know what it is – that means you an evil fool, sucka! You can’t help but be the kind of fool, thug, or soul that wants to be god. But you ain’t God, sucka! Total Depravity is why them humanists with they jibba-jabba always mess things up. They think they good, but they ain’t!
This week we gonna talk about Unconditional Election.
So maybe you askin’ since I’m no good on my own what do I do to be saved. The apostle Peter was asked that very question and said – “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38). Now, I’ve said before and I’ll say again that you’re a fool if you don’t do what Peter tells you, but unconditional election doesn’t involve how you get saved as much as why you get saved.
When T was in the A-Team, people used to try to find us for help. Those fools can’t find us on they own, though. They needed Murdock to dress up like some sort of fool and come to them. That’s how it works for God too. Only with God, no one comes and asks Him for help. Sucka, you think you gonna try and find God on your own? No way, fool! You’re dead in your sins. You don’t want nothin’ but yo sins. God is the one that has to give fools a new heart. The only way some thug fool is ever gonna repent and be baptized is if God makes Him want it. God makes that fool want to be saved – and He chose that fool to be saved before time itself began – like Paul says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He predestined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:3-6).
So maybe you want to ask T, “If God does all the work, does that mean it’s His fault people go to hell?” It’s true that fools that haven’t been chose by God won’t be saved – like Jesus said in John 10:26, “You do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.” So if you don’t believe, it’s because God hasn’t chosen you… yet. He controls when and how you come to Him – he’s working through all his saints, even Mr. T. Back to you question though, “Does that mean it’s His fault people go to hell?” Cut out that crazy talk, fool! We already talked last time about how all of us sin of our own accord and love doing it. God just chooses to open some of our eyes. For example, if some fool ninjas tried to attack my van, I’d have to turn them to cream cheese. But what if I decide to let one live? That doesn’t mean that the others didn’t deserve the chopped liver treatment I gave them. God says in Romans 9:15-16, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So it depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy.”
If ever you were gonna stop actin’ a fool and listen to T, now’s the time. You might hear about sin in your life and what Jesus did, and reject it. Well that is what it is, soul. You don’t accept Jesus but you can’t accept Jesus. Maybe that’s how it’s been yo whole life – but maybe you startin’ to feel something you hadn’t felt before. That might be God callin’ you out of yo dead sleep of sin, callin’ you to Him. Don’t be a fool! Listen to God now, ‘cuz once you die, it’s too late, sucka!
If God calls you, and chooses you then know this…
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose, For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Until next time – Don’t be a fool!