We’ve all been there. You’re on your first date. Everything’s going beautifully. The conversation is flowing. The sparks are flying. But then, out of nowhere, he drops the bomb: he is only a three-point Calvinist.
If you’re tired of this happening to you — and who wouldn’t be? — fear no more. TULIP Singles is here, and it is somehow the first-ever dating site exclusively for Reformed Christians, and probably one of the very few that requires you to agree with a Doctrinal Statement before signing up. The core of that doctrinal statement is the Five Points of Calvinism, popularly known by the TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints) acronym.
Simplified, the idea of TULIP is that God chose in advance who would get into Heaven and who would not, a teaching known as predestination. In that sense, Jesus’ saving work was limited in its scope, but those who have been predestined for eternal glory have no real choice in the matter because God’s grace for them is irresistible, and there is nothing they can do to lose it. In this sense, Calvinism is distinct from Christian traditions like Arminianism, which holds that God maintains the free will of humans.
Does that sound like something you’ve just gotta have in a romantic partner? Well, that’s what TULIP Singles is here for. The free site (actual quote: “Are you asking yourself, ‘Where are all the Reformed singles in my area?'”) works like any other online dating site, with the one caveat that apps like Tinder don’t filter Arminians out of your feed.
But hey, doctrinally minded singles might appreciate a uniquely tailored dating experience like this as a way to find their destiny. Or, in this case, their predestiny.