The Biblical Recorder has printed an article written by Les Puryear, a pastor/church planter at Cornerstone Community Church in Lewisville, NC. The article is titled, “Is there a Calvinist agenda to reform traditional SBC churches?” This article can be read in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.
Les begins his article with a conversation with a pastor search committee and his comment to them, that Calvinist candidates may not be forthcoming in regard to their true beliefs, they asked, “What is a Calvinist?”
Like it or not, this is a reality in the SBC today. There are 1000’s of churches in our convention that have no idea what is going on with this discussion of calvinism in the SBC. Pastors are not aware of the ramifications of what some are saying are changes that are just around the corner. I am one of those who believes calvinism presents a danger that we can not ignore.
Puryear speaks to the present danger that churches looking for pastors are facing today. He says, “If a church wants to hire a Calvinist pastor, then God bless them. Unfortunately, many Calvinist pastoral candidates are not revealing their Calvinism during the pastor search process in order to secure a pastoral position. Many times after the Calvinist is called as the pastor of the church, they begin to teach Calvinism in order to “reform” the traditional Baptist church in ecclesiology, polity, and worship. In many of these churches, the result is either a church split or the church is traumatized by the process of firing the pastor.”
Puryear continues, “Is there an issue with pastoral candidates not being truthful to search committees about their beliefs? Apparently it is an issue that Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary, thought was worthy of comment. [In an article published on the Between the Times website] he wrote:
“Act with personal integrity in your ministry when it comes to this issue. Put your theological cards on the table in plain view for all to see, and do not go into a church under a cloak of deception or dishonesty. If you do, you will more than likely split a church, wound the Body of Christ, damage the ministry God has given you, and leave a bad taste in the mouth of everyone. …”
Les moves from the local church issue to the issues related to the convention. He correctly notes that there is a calvinist agenda to reform the SBC. I agree with Les; this is as clear as the nose on our faces; it is a fact. I have made my position clear on this.
Here is a comment I left at the bottom of Les’ article.
We both know this needed to be said and I am greatful that you have written this and that the Biblical Recorder has published it. I know there are those who will say there is no agenda or effort to reform SBC churches. There is this cry for unity that simply says, let’s live and let live and lets all get along for the sake of the convention and the sake of unity and cooperation.
Here is really what is behind that cry for unity: lets all get along while we continue doing what we are doing for God’s glory. You concluding statement is on that I believe is sadly inescapable.
I believe that unity is an attainable goal but only when Calvinists cease trying to reform traditional SBC churches to their views.
Those leading the calvinist infiltration of the entities and organizational structure of the SBC are not going to back down and that has created the problem that will find no simple solution for Southern Baptists and a solution had better be found BEFORE the SBC goes to Baltimore in 2014 for its annual meeting.
It is what it is and that is spelling concern as I see it.