Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I want to ask an honest question here. I have no ulterior motive in asking this question. I just want to understand the current Calvinist mindset better. Here's the question: Would PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) be a better fit For SBC Calvinists ?
Here's why I am asking the question. It seems to me that SBC Calvinists have much more in common with the PCA than with the SBC. The only major difference I see from what I hear SBC Calvinists say they believe and the PCA adopted Confession of Faith, the Westminster Confession of Faith is Chapter XXVIII. - Of Baptism. However, I see many differences between SBC Calvinist beliefs and our own BFM2K.
Two differences are Article III - Man and Article V - God's Purpose of Grace. Article III does not support the Calvinist view of original sin but is more supportive of the article in the Trad Statement, which SBC Calvinists claim is semi-pelagian. Also, Article V does not support the Calvinist view of election. The article is almost word-for-word repeat of the BFM 1963 version. Herschel Hobbs, who was the main architect of BFM 1963, said that the article on election reflected the view that election meant that the way of salvation through Christ is the election by God and not the individual believers.
I could note many other differences between SBC Calvinists and SBC traditionalists such as ecclesiology, polity, etc., but I won't belabor the point. It is clear to me that SBC Calvinists have more in common with the PCA than the SBC. So why would not SBC Calvinists move over to the PCA?
Thanks for your response. Comments are now closed.
Posted by Les Puryear at 7/24/2012 02:30:00 PM