The biggest defenders of TULIP today are not Reformed Presbyterians, but young, Reformed and Restless baptists. The difference is that the former see TULIP, such as it is, within the larger setting of Reformed Worship and the Covenant. The latter see it as a freer floating system of doctrine.
Today’s Five Points are the Five Points of Perth, an attempted imposition of prelatic worship upon the people of Scotland. For the most part, they are not immediately logically connected with soteriology. I highlight them, though, because the Reformation–especially in its Scottish and Reformed manifestations–was a Reformation of worship. If you do not grant that point you will never understand Reformation Thought.
If we want to reduce theology to serieses of Five Points, why limit it to soteriology? Why not go the Covenantal Route? Or the worship route. Below are the Five Points of Perth that the Reformers rejected.
- Kneeling at Communion
- Private Communion
- Immediacy of Baptism to Infants
- Confirmation by Bishops
- Recognition of Holy Days
The Reformers rejected (1) because it implied a worship of the host. I agree, but I will take the rejection a step further: it is the Lord’s Supper. We feast and sit at a supper. We eat and commune with one another. Kneeling makes this all but impossible.
In line with the above, we reject (2) because it is a communion of the church with one another. How can we commune with one another when we are by ourselves?
(3) is different. Provided health reasons aren’t an obstacle, there isn’t a problem with immediacy of baptism, The Reformers objected because the article implies extreme baptismal regeneration. The only way to keep the infant from hell was to get him baptized immediately in case he died.
(4) This can get interesting. If one is using bishop in the original sense of adminstrator, then this isn’t much different from a Presbyterial ordination. If on the other hand the bishop is the dispenser of sacramental grace and mediates a higher reality to us lower realities, then it is wrong. That is neo-Platonism.
(5) I don’t have much to add on this beyond what is normally said. What is interesting, though, is how this plays out. I saw a generic evangelical minister argue that “If the church has a mid-week Christmas/Eostre service, then the believer is obligated to attend.” He meant well, but this is nothing more than binding the conscience beyond what the word of God allows.