Ascol on Dishonest Calvinists
Tom Ascol (Founders Ministries) wrote today an excellent post entitled "Dishonest Calvinists (?) and the Call for Integrity". It just so happens that we were addressing the same thing on the same day. I commented on this post (as you will see in the comments section). Here are a few quotes I thought were great:
While granting the fact that there are, no doubt, exceptions, in the great majority of cases that I know about where Calvinistic pastors have encountered turmoil in their efforts to preach and teach God's Word, it was not because of Calvinism. It was because of biblical Christianity. Calvinism tends to be the tail on which the donkey of controversy is pinned, but the real culprit is the erosion of real biblical Christianity that has occurred over the last generation or more in many of our churches.And another one:
The sad reality is that most Southern Baptist churches do not have much ability to discuss theological issues, even with their pastoral candidates.One more:
Furthermore, these kinds of criticisms expose the completely untenable position in which some Southern Baptist leaders place their Calvinistic brethren in the SBC. If we openly describe ourselves as Calvinists, we are accused of "wearing our Calvinism on our sleeves" and are admonished to stop doing this. If we speak in terms of wanting to recover biblical Christianity or the theological vision of the founders of the SBC we are accused of being deceitful and dishonest. When the same men level both criticisms it is a sure indicator that something more is going on than a quest for integrity and it causes their critiques to ring hollow.