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

The classic 5 point TULIP.

You’ve probably heard of the 5 Points of Calvinism. Maybe you’ve even memorized them using the TULIP acronym, but now there is a new expression of those 5 points. This one should be a bit more appetizing and palatable to those who are offended by flowers or by the big theological words used in the typical TULIP.

Unfortunately, some people hate flowers, or are otherwise offended by the TULIP illustration. Okay, so, yes they are more likely offended by the Doctrines of Grace that the TULIP represents, but play along, please. In order to be a little less offensive, and a little more tasteful, things had to change.

Without any further adieu, I bring you the new acronym. From the folks who probably didn’t bring you TULIP, I bring you the new, more appetizing, more palatable,  and slightly less kosher, acronym BACON.

  • Bad People
  • Already Elected
  • Completely Atoned for
  • Overwhelming called
  • Never falling away

Unfortunately, the new illustration, while piggybacking on the former TULIP illustration, lacks a little bit of the theological accuracy of TULIP, which wasn’t all that accurate to Calvinism anyway. But, it does seem to whet the appetite a bit more.

I didn’t come up with the new acronym, but I thought it was rather clever and somewhat amusing. I hope you got at least a chuckle out of it.

God Bless, and enjoy the BACON!