Calvinists to be "Let Go" from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBC)

Ken Silva over at Christian Research Network has the lowdown:

Calvinists to be “Let Go” from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBC)

Here’s Pastor Silva’s analysis:

So with the Southern Baptist Convention rife with purpose driven apostasy, contemplative spirituality, and embracing the Emergence rebellion against Sola Scriptura, this is their solution; persecute Calvinists? Well, come to think of it to continue their return home to Rome they’d have to eventually. Guess there’s no time like the present.

He has links to further commentary on this issue at this post.

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Update (02/04/09): A representative of SWBTS has contacted Pastor Silva saying that (1) there have been meetings in which professors were questions about their soteriology and church affiliation and (2) there has been tension between those who hold to the Doctrines of Grace and those who do not. As the post says, “We’ll see.”

Are Calvinists to be “Let Go” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBC)?

Update (02/15/09): Tom Ascol comments on this “dust-up” (as he calls it) and provides a timeline of the incident” and how it broke. He also gives us some helpful lessons from this incident. Reflections on the dust-up over Calvinism at SWBTS


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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2 Responses to Calvinists to be "Let Go" from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBC)

  1. “Southwestern will not build a school in the future around anybody who could not look anybody in the world in the eyes and say, “Christ died for your sins.” Paige Patterson, SWBTS President, as tape recorded by SBC Today at their “Baptist Identity” blog on February 5, 2009“A consistent five-point Calvinist cannot look a congregation in the eyes or even a single sinner in the eye and say: “Christ died for you.” What they have to say to be consistent with their own theology is “Christ died for sinners.” Since Christ did not die for the non-elect, and since the five-point Calvinist does not know who the elect are, it is simply not possible in a preaching or witnessing situation to say to them directly “Christ died for you.”Dr. David Allen, Dean, SWBTS School of Theology at / SWBTS Center for Theological Research, November 2008

  2. Thanks for your comment. I guess this answers the question and the answer is, “They will be let go, sooner or later.”Also, I’m not sure which side of the debate you are on, but I will note for the readers that telling someone “Christ died for you” is not biblical witnessing. Telling them of their sin, telling the Christ died for sinners, and calling them to repent and believe is.To do this, one need not know whether Christ died for a given person or not.Although, both Patterson and Allen have greatly oversimplified the issue, so much so that one wonders whether they really understand true, biblical Calvinism. It seems like they only know the Calvinism of the caricatures.

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