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.
Some time ago I gave some unsolicited advice to the International Mission Board of the SBC as they sought a new president to replace Tom Elliff. David Platt was recently elected. I want to note the areas where the IMB followed (if inadvertently) my advice and where they didn’t.
Baptists today are sort of split concerning our affinity with the Anabaptist. The more Calvinistic Baptists say our origins are with the English Baptist around the early 1600’s under John Symth and Thomas Helwys. Officially they were more organized then with less persecution although initially some persecution still existed in England. Others like myself still claim kinship with the orthodox Anabaptist group.
As Christians we are called to live distinctively different from the world and this should be evident in what we post or tweet. It is with this in mind and because Braxton believed in goal setting and list making that I introduce to you: Braxton’s List for Social Media Conduct
Let me ask you a very serious and a very somber question. Did God just predestine some people for heaven? And did God just predestine some people for hell? Are we just pawns on the chessboard of faith? No. Absolutely not.
Seasoned practicing theologians and pastors can have their problems too. They have lived long enough to know how to tap into the rebellious nature of youth—if they wish to throw a little petrol on the four hundred year old fracas whose smoldering burn path leads back to the Synod of Dort in 1618-19.