Problem with historical Baptists
    March 26 2013 by David A. Williams, Waynesville, N.C.

    Fred Luter’s address (BR, March 16 issue) betrays the undercurrent of dissatisfaction within “traditional Baptist” circles regarding the “major issue” of “Calvinism,” which (says he) has the potential to “split this convention.” He announced a proclamation that will conceivably “satisfy everybody;” he announces that it is “spiritual warfare” that must be dealt with in a “Christian-like manner,” or “the enemy can come and divide us.” 300 words hardly give me room to address all the problems enumerated here, but I’ll try. 

    For 50 years, churches have worked feverishly to distance themselves from the moniker “traditional,” and to modernize; now, some embrace it like a battle flag … and “Calvinists” are the enemy.  The same traditionalists have been quoting [Charles] Spurgeon, a Calvinist (your term), for 100 years.  Check your history on the downgrade controversy; he was censured by his brothers of the cloth, literally and figuratively, because he would not bend to the will of the majority. That is what killed him. He was a historical Baptist, courageously standing in the pulpit until he dropped – proclaiming the glorious truths of God’s Word, which we all ought to be doing. So the battle of traditionalists is not with “Calvinists,” but with historical Baptists, and it is not a war of semantics. It is a struggle for Truth.
     
    We will never “satisfy everybody” by man-made proclamations and never save souls by man-made salvation. Paul the Apostle made it clear that only the elect are saved. “Spiritual warfare” is to be waged against “principalities, powers, etc.,” and certainly not in a “Christian-like manner.” Christians are fallible; our weapons are not carnal; we had best fight in a Christ-like manner, if we have any hope of winning eternally. If the convention splits (again), it will be because we have the idea that the church is ours, but it is not.
    David A. Williams, Waynesville, N.C.
    3/26/2013 3:00:01 PM by David A. Williams, Waynesville, N.C. | with 1 comments




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dr. james willingham
What the real problem is lies outside the convention in the apprehensions of the folks discussed in Carroll Quigley;s Tragedy and Hope who spelled out their theology on pp1028,1029 of the PDF I downloaded from the Internet and the theology they opposed. The theology opposed was the original theology of the Separate and Regular Baptists, Sovereign Grace or Calvinism as some call it. What most folks do not know is that theology is the one that is evangelistic and missionary, the theology blessed of God to the effect of the First and Second Great Awakenings and the launching of the modern missionary movement. Like George W. Truett said in his Centenary Address for Spurgeon, Calvinism presses down on the head of the individual the crown of responsibility. And if some question the matter, ask this question, "What about therapeutic paradoxes? If man can develop and use such things, surely God is far more able to do it and do it far better than any human can.
3/30/2013 10:47:57 PM

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