Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Outcry Against the Traditional Statement


Recently there was an outcry by Calvinists against Traditional Baptists because we released a document which is currently known as the Traditional Statement (TS) that describes the beliefs of Traditional Southern Baptists and the differences between our beliefs and Calvinist Southern Baptists.

Calvinists have a theological statement of sorts beyond BFM2K to point to and that is TULIP.
Since Traditional Southern Baptists are not Calvinist or Arminians, we have never had a theological statement beyond BFM2K to point to until Eric Hankins, with the help of seminary professors, wrote the TS.

The purpose of this statement is to document what Traditonal Southern Baptists believe and differentiate between the beliefs of Traditional Southern Baptists and Calvinist Southern Baptists.

When that statement was released you would have thought it was an all out attack on Calvinism. It is not. The TS is a statement of our beliefs and how they are different from Calvinism. It is educational, not adversarial.

Calvinists have descended on the TS like a pack of wolves trying to tear its prey apart. Anytime a blog has anything to say that might be construed as negative to a Calvinist, they swarm all over the blog like a plague of locusts. That is adversarial.

To me, it is somewhat hypocritical of Calvinists to accuse Traditional Southern Baptists as being adversarial when we release a statement of our beliefs for clarification and Calvinists vehemently attack that statement.

I have no intent of being adversarial. However, I will do everything within my power to educate the local churches on the theological differences between us. There are distinct theological differences between us and the churches need to understand what they are.

We will continue to educate local churches about what Traditional Southern Baptist believe and what Calvinist Southern Baptists believe. An educated church is a church who can make an informed decision.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Anytime a blog has anything to say that might be construed as negative to a Calvinist, they swarm all over the blog like a plague of locusts. That is adversarial."

It's really a shame what's happened at SBC Today because I think a lot of us thought that finally there was going to be a blog for US.

The internet is full of Calvinists blogs where they erect straw men and attack anyone who disagrees with Calvinism unmercifully. So SBC Today starts putting out how Trads feel and the Calvinists attack dogs just swarm in and make it not a safe place for Trads.

Calvnists will not allow for any dissent. They really truly want to silence all who disagree with them.

It's unfortunate that Trads are not safe on the interent for the Calvinists attack dogs who just spend their days stalking those who disagree with them.

Will

Katie said...

Not being adversarial? How so? Let's see this is the third post in a row demonstating your outright disdain for reformed theology.

Don't you have anything else to do?

Les Puryear said...

To anonymous commenters,

If you won't sign your comment, I won't post it.

Regards,

Les