I have suggested that Drs. Mohler and Akin and others have used their positions of influence as Seminary Presidents to deliberately and methodically recommend individuals of like mind and theology to a variety of places of service within the agencies and entities of the SBC with the expressed purpose of using the influence of those entities to foster a revival of Calvinism in the SBC, which will in effect move the convention to a Reformed position. I maintain the revival of Calvinism in the SBC is at least to some degree a sign that the efforts of a few are working and working well within the SBC community.
I am suggesting that this effort that has been undertaken by these men needs to be made public and I believe these efforts are what has caused the divide in the SBC due to Calvinism to grow much deeper. I have been challenged on this position by many. Here is a simple solution for Dr. Page’s committee to adopt.
Have representatives of both side of the issue write a two or three page summary of their respective positions and have the Executive Committee of the SBC (not Lifeway) to put this out to the churches of the SBC with a brief survey response to let the people in the pew decide whether they want Reformed Theology being promoted in THEIR entities. I have heard denominational people say almost all my life, The International Mission Board is YOUR International Mission Board. The North American Mission Board is YOUR North American Mission Board and so on and so forth. Now, I must confess, I have not heard that in the last decade but it used to be more prevalent than it seems to be today.
Well, let’s put this decision in the hands of the people who give their money to the CP and pay the bills for salaries for all these folks in denominational positions. Let’s let them tell the Executive Committee what THEY think about this issue. Perhaps that will be the BEST way to settle this issue for a good while. One thing is pretty clear; the committee that is meeting is not going to come up with a solution that is anything close to one the people in the pew can produce.