SBC Today continues to press hard against Calvinism, this time by sponsoring a conference with four former “Calvinists” under the theme, “Leaving Geneva” (hello! Geneva is not in the South):
Please join us for supper! We will explore the journeys of four former Calvinists who have each found a spiritual home within our tradition. Afterward, we will entertain a brief Question and Answer Period. The cost is $20 and includes supper and books! Each registrant will receive:
Reflections Of A Disenchanted Calvinist: The Disquieting Realities of Calvinism by Ronnie W. Rogers
Chosen or Not?: A Layman’s Study of Biblical Election and Assurance by Doug Sayers
God So Loved the World: Traditional Baptists and Calvinism by Fisher Humphreys and Paul E. Robertson
The Return of Christ: A Premillennial Perspective by David L. Allen and Steve W. Lemke
Between the SBC at one end and Bryan’s logic at the other, Reformed Protestantism looks pretty darned moderate.
(All that coalition building, so few SBC Calvinists.)
Postscript: Calvinism in the SBC is like slavery in the SBC:
There are those today who take the view that the founders of the Baptist denomination (the ones who were right, anyway,) were Calvinists – and therefore all Baptists ought to be as well. This might be called the historical argument for Calvinism. If I were to argue that since many of the founders of the Southern Baptist Convention believed God ordained slavery, all Baptists ought to do so today, would you buy that historical argument? Or would you rather go to the scripture and try to see how at a particular time and in a particular culture, such a doctrine could actually be expressed as revealed truth? History, as I say, is debatable. Just for the sake of debate, why don’t we look at an interpretation of certain facts of history, and see if we can find some historical reflections that will help us in our conflicted present?