Calvinism’s decretal theology and commitment to compatibilism create a host of conundrums that result in Calvinists’ frequent visits to the storehouse of mysteries. One of which is the idea that even though God has unconditionally elected only some to have any meaningful opportunity to experience the forgiveness of salvation, we are to have hope for all and offer salvational hope to all. This is to be done without ever divulging that such hope only exists in the theoretical cauldron of unconditional election and reprobation for which there is not one whit of concern that the so elect will perish nor hope that the reprobate will not. Continue reading
In the eighth round of a famous boxing match in 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard was getting the best of Roberto Duran, when Duran turned away from Leonard, waving in surrender, at which point the referee said, “No mas,” which is Spanish for “No more,” thereby ending the match. Whatever else one might think of Roberto Duran, there is something to be said for possessing the self-awareness to know when one has had enough.
Although Duran’s “No mas” was a sign of surrender, Southern Baptists must learn to say “No mas” as an expression of firm resistance, opposing the election of additional Calvinist leadership over the next several years as we experience vacancies within our eleven entities. Recently, such leaders have typically possessed exceptionally strong theological, philosophical and personal ties to Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A proactive effort by trustees to install Soteriological Traditionalists would serve to counter-balance this disproportionately Calvinistic influence.
This post was originally published in The Alabama Baptist and is used by permission.
Alabama pastor Rick Patrick would like to see intentional “frank” conversations happening among Southern Baptists related to how Traditionalists and Calvinists can better co-exist in the denomination.
“I believe we have thousands of Traditionalist Southern Baptist churches starved for resources and ministry initiatives that make sense within a more Traditionalist ministry paradigm,” he said. “The overwhelming number of Calvinist resources and ministry initiatives are like square pegs in round holes. Continue reading