Sometimes it is argued that God has decreed everything. He has irresistibly determined who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. Therefore, each person bears only a secondary responsibility for His own destination. However, among other things, this totally ignores the responsibility every person has been given for how they respond to the gracious offer of God in Christ.
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.
We don’t want to talk past each other! This is a common phrase heard when Calvinists and non-Calvinists discuss their differences. Yet, it almost always happens. One of the primary reasons for this is that many non-Calvinists come to the table already under the impression that their Calvinist brothers do not believe that man is free in any sense. Calvinists constantly speak as though their system allows for free will perfectly well. Is this true? Yes and no.
This is a tale of two countries. Southern Baptists want to reach them both. Why throw all our eggs in one basket while ignoring the other? Why honor the frontier mandate while neglecting the harvest mandate?
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.