Ed.’s note: We thought this comment was significant enough to publish also as its own blog post, and we did so with permission from Mr. Doug Sayers, whose comment initially appeared, HERE.
We are in receipt of an essay regarding Mr. Sayer’s spiritual, theological and soteriological sojourn, and will publish it soon.
It is nice to know we have some folks on the non-Calvinist side that can wade through all the smoke, mirrors, and ethereal speculation about aspects of theology (that will remain out of reach to everyone this side of heaven) and bring the discussion back to the biblical revelation!
by Ronnie Rogers, M.A., pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
Ronnie has served in various denominational roles,
including president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
This chapter summarizes the Traditional Southern Baptist view of the relationship of faith and regeneration—being born again. Most Calvinists teach that regeneration precedes faith, which will result in a free but determined act of faith. Non-Calvinists believe that faith precedes regeneration or that regeneration occurs, as stated in the TS, “at the moment he believes.” I will also point out how some of the harsh realities of Calvinism are contrary to the clear teachings of Scripture. I call these “disquieting realities.” Although they are unsettling, one must accept them if he is going to be a consistent Calvinist.
The Scripture affirms that faith precedes and is the prerequisite for regeneration—being born again (John 1:12–13; 3:3, 15–16, 36; 5:24; 6:40; 7:37–39; 12:36; 16:7–14; 20:31; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1, 4). These and other Scriptures show that spiritual life follows the sinner placing his faith in Jesus Christ. The Apostle John gave as his reason for writing his gospel “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). It seems clear that “you” includes anyone who reads or hears John’s gospel. If salvation is monergistic and man is totally passive, then why would God inspire John to write his gospel in order for people to read, believe and be saved? According to Calvinism, God knows the non-elect cannot read and believe and the elect cannot believe prior to regeneration.
Allen Rea, pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church
Yesterday morning, a family of four walked down the aisle during our altar call. The parents expressed their desire to move their letter to join our growing congregation. Their two children had been led to concern over their sin and need for a Savior at a VBS last year. The joy in such an event as this is simply phenomenal. Their father helped lead them to Christ in the Sinner’s Prayer and had been encouraging them to follow in believer’s baptism.
I feel joy inexpressible to see a family take discipleship so seriously. However, my cup indeed runneth over, for on March 30th, I will have the pleasure to baptize four born again children. One of which is my oldest daughter. All four were led in a Sinner’s Prayer by their father. All four will be discipled by our church and their parents.
What happened yesterday morning was simply the icing on the cake. The church spent two full days this weekend at the “Peaches to Beaches” yard sale. We were raising money for one of our college students to spend the summer in Asia. We are never content to remain idle. In the hustle and bustle of God tripling our goal, we gave away 1,000 tracts. We looked everyone in the eye and said, “Jesus died for you.” The tracts carried names like W.A. Criswell and Adrian Rogers. Some of the tracts we passed out were simply index cards wit the Roman Road written on them. Every tract was accompanied with a card noting the address and worship times of our congregation.
We are also blessed with an understanding of service. Therefore, we handed out 500 ice cold bottles of water. and told people the gift was “in Jesus’ Name.”
I cannot speak to results. However, there is a Traditional Southern Baptist pastor in Atlanta that has always spoken of concentrating on obedience and not results. I believe he is right. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.”
Will they come to our church? Will we ever see them again?
I am thankful to pastor a church where the Great Commission has not become the great omission.
THE BODY: THE TEMPLE OF GOD
Dr. W. A. Criswell
Text:1 Corinthians 6.9-20
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We welcome you who are sharing this hour on television and on radio. This is the pastor bringing the message to young people in keeping with this beautiful and meaningful day. It is an exposition of the last part of the sixth chapter of the first Corinthian letter:
by Hariette Petersen
Hariette blogs HERE
Living for Jesus in a broken world can be exhausting, but it’s worth it.
The battles are temporary. The personal struggles we have while trying to ignore those battles –the irritations, the rebuke, the ridicule and hatefulness — these will fade away. The minor slights, the major rejections — they’re nothing compared to the glory we’ll see someday.