For many years I have been involved with church ministry and in the Apologetics realm. Over the years I have had to address many controversial issues within and outside of the Christian faith, and Calvinism is definitely one of those issues within the Christian faith that is rising more and more. For those whom will read this I want you to know that I do fellowship and serve within an SBC church (Southern Baptist Convention), and my intentions here are not an attack or bash any Calvinists or Arminians. Have you read the Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation? If not you should check it out. click here.
When reading the recent public statement by numerous SBC pastors, leaders, and members I was encouraged in regards to the issue that has been brewing. (to see the list of pastors and leaders and members click here) I also want to share my appreciation and gratitude for those pastors and leaders who have taken the time to make a public declaration concerning those who are becoming more divisive within the Southern Baptist Convention. Below is a quote from the recent document concerning the controversy of the New Calvinism in reference to the SBC.
“The Southern Baptist majority has fellowshipped happily with its Calvinist brethren while kindly resisting Calvinism itself. And, to their credit, most Southern Baptist Calvinists have not demanded the adoption of their view as the standard. We would be fine if this consensus continued, but some New Calvinists seem to be pushing for a radical alteration of this long-standing arrangement.” click here
I cannot say I know all that has been going on within the SBC churches and the controversy of the New Calvinism, but I have been observing the need to address the rise of Calvinism within the SBC in the last 20-30 years. I have had encounters personally with those whom are of the SBC whom are Calvinist in their perspectives and also with many outside the the SBC.
Personally I have no major issues with those whom are a Calvinist in general, but I do have issues with those whom make the TULIP a salvation issue or cause divisions over it. Over the years I have written various things concerning Calvinism and Arminianism and the gospel message, and for those who wish to know more about our perspective here at BP click here
I welcome feedback from those who are within the SBC and CNBC (Canadian National Baptist Convention) This is an intro into the rising controversial discussion and debate concerning the SBC and Calvinism. I will be writing more addressing Statement and those who are criticizing it.