I was not able to hear most the conference hosted by the Kentucky Baptist Convention titled Calvinism: Concerned, Curious, or Confused. I did catch much of the question and answer part and Dr. Frank Page’s message to conclude the event.
I did not hear the phrase Modified Arminian made in the conference. I understand that we have Dr. David Dockery to thank for that calculated statement. It is my understanding that he made that statement in direct reference to Drs. Adrian Rogers and Hershel Hobbs. Let me say this for the record: I am NOT a modified Arminian nor am I any other kind of Arminian and I absolutely consider that statement to be egregiously maligning. This notion that anyone who is not a calvinist must be an arminian is either intentionally or ignorantly a mischaracterization being made mostly by those attempting to lend support to the former.
If Dockery wants to consider himself a Modified Arminian, then let him say that is what he is. It is obviously apparent Dr. Dockery is not qualified to speak about the theological perspective of others. It is interesting that he picked two giants in Southern Baptist history who are not here to answer the charge he leveled against them. I notice he did not include Dr. Paige Patterson in that group, not publically. I would be interested to hear Dr. Patterson’s response to this statement. Perhaps there are others who would like to respond as well. My prayer is that they do.
It was equally interesting that of all the comments made by the panelists, Dr. Chitwood chose to reiterate the use of this phrase as he ended the conference. I find this absolutely deplorable. As long as this is the effort that is characteristic of those seeking unity in the SBC, let me say I for one am not going to be on that bandwagon. I can add to the use of this statement, the recent charge leveled at the same group of semi-pelagianism made by Dr. Al Mohler and his band of young, restless and reformed minions.
As far as I am concerned, as a graduate of Union University where Dr. Dockery serves as President, I am ashamed that he had the audacity to make such an inflammatory statement and I believe he owes Southern Baptist’s an apology.
Bob Hadley, 1979 Graduate of Union University, pastor Westside Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL