As the pastor of a Southern Baptist Church happy to partner with NAMB in the planting of new Southern Baptist churches, let me thank you for all that you are doing for His Kingdom. I assure you the request I am making in this correspondence stems from a profound sense of gospel stewardship and an unwavering belief that those churches who participate through the North American Mission Board in planting new churches deserve to receive a complete disclosure of any and all information deemed helpful in understanding our mutual work.
Some Calvinists are attempting to impose Calvinism on Christian organizations that have traditionally been neutral with regard to Calvinism and Arminianism and have included both. They are often doing this under the guise of warding off open theism.
One of the standard complaints of most Southern Baptist Calvinists laments the loss of our strong theological adherence to the Calvinism of Dagg, Boyce, Manly, Williams, and others. In fact, Founders Ministries, the largest network of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention was birthed in 1982 over the notion that Southern Baptists must recover the doctrines of grace that it long ago left behind.
The Gospel Coalition describes itself as “a broadly Reformed network of churches.” In plain English, they are Calvinists. Their confessional statement and leadership is thoroughly Calvinistic. Southern Baptists who affiliate with The Gospel Coalition comprise a group within a group, sharing certain traits with Southern Baptists like me, and other traits with Presbyterians and Charismatics whose views I disaffirm.
Baptists are dissenters against anything that contradicts the scripture and the truth. These important statements share what we are against and what we are for…