Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Overheard

At a recent regional training event for Southern Baptist Church leaders:

"Be very careful of the emerging trend of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention!"

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What makes me sick is that this was from leadership in our state office. Even if it was just passed down by an individual, it is just one more example of a person's theology, tainted towards a non-scriptural point of view.

Even as I bristled at the remark my wife laid a hand on my shoulder, the "teacher" realized what he had just stepped into and I said, "Before you go much further with this discussion I need to let you know that I am a Calvinist and I can lay out all scripture to support this so called trend that you are warning us about."

I was given the spoon fed well I am talking about extreme Calvinism. I was careful to point out that 5 points is not extreme but chose to not go much further in the setting because it wasn't the time or place for a discussion and shouldn't have been brought up at all.

After the event I spoke with the leader and explained that if you look historically the Calvinists are the ones pushing evangelism and missions (a primary focus of the lecture and the conference in general).

With a historical view of "the church" we are forced to realize that this "emerging trend" is because of the modern church's drive away from the Gospel for the compelling work of Christ and to their own ends, this trend is the Church returning to the Gospel of Christ.

The modern Church, so focused on seeker sensitive experiences and evangelism through our churches rather than the personal evangelism of the past, is quickly going down a path to their own end. The result of this path is so many people given a false sense of "hope" in God in a "religion" that bases it's belief that man is somehow able to turn from his own wickedness and become holy.

It saddens me to see people running at the mention of Calvinism at this level. It saddens me to see it at the local church level. It saddens me to see it in the local congregation, the teachers, the musicians....

On the other hand ... it is a delight to hear and see the warnings from those that fear the Truth straight from the Word of God! It is evidence for work of the Holy Spirit towards revival in the Church.



Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:3-6

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