Posts Tagged ‘Al Mohler’

Is There a Reformed Conspiracy to Take Over the SBC?

The following is a comment I left at SBC Voices concerning an article, titled, “Is There a Reformed Conspiracy to Take Over the SBC?” The article can be read by clicking HERE.

For the record, there is no Reformed conspiracy to take over the SBC. You are correct. A conspiracy would involve a “secretive” effort. Calvinists are way past that point and are successfully extending their reach farther and farther into SBC Life. There is a marked difference in the Convention and the entities. You are correct in your statement that the SBC is an annual meeting of messengers who vote to do or not to do certain things.

The entities of the SBC are entirely different. The trustees make decisions that determine the direction of the various entities. The trustees of NAMB elected the new President. They voted “sweeping changes” of NAMB in Feb 2011. The same thing is true of the seminaries. Trustees are responsible for the leadership and direction of the entity they are charged to oversee. Same for Lifeway. Trustee appointments are crucial to the overall health of the convention because the entities are kind of like a rudder on a ship. It may be one of the smallest parts of a ship, but it is the most important part when it comes to navigating the direction of the ship.

While I do not claim any conspiracy theories, there has been a definite effort to get key people in key positions in the various entities to give the Reformed Platform the visibility it needs to prosper and the viability it needs to persevere. To try to argue against this is ludicrous. Here is an excellent article that speaks to the positioning of key people in the seminaries, NAMB and Lifeway that are clearly and carefully charting the course for a Calvinistic led SBC. The article is titled, “Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention: Code RED” Most of you know I wrote the article.

Anyone who understands how the SBC works understands that those who control the entities eventually directs the future of the convention. Like it or not, it is the way it is. The Reformed minority has managed to gain control of the entities and that is reality. They have done a masterful job in accomplishing so much with so little attention on what they have done.

The article can be read by clicking HERE.
http://sbcissues.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/is-there-a-reformed-conspiracy-to-take-over-the-sbc

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Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention: Code RED

“There is no attempt to Calvinize the SBC.” If I had a dollar for every time I had heard that statement made in the last year, I could retire. Why on earth would anyone make such a claim? Let me answer that question. Things are FAR worse than I realized until this morning. I have been seeing numerous “red flags” waving opposing this statement. Understand that when I use the term “red flag,” I am not including the fact that many seminary professors, many college professors and administrators like Al Mohler are already in the lime light because of their open proliferation of the Reformed Theological Platform. While it was a “red flag” in my mind, it has not appeared to be a “red flag” to many others. And in addition to this, I am not including stories of churches that have split over the issue of Calvinism because Calvinist individuals were called to pastor non-Calvinist churches without truthfully revealing their theological differences in an attempt to correct the theological position of the non-Calvinist church they were called to pastor as they sought to lead them to be more “Biblically or Gospel centered.” I knew Calvinism was a major issue; I did not realize how MUCH of an issue it has already become.

Read the rest of this post HERE…

Calvinism or Conversionism; Reformed or Transformed Theology

Welcome to Transformed Theology and the home of Conversionism.

Southern Baptist’s have a big problem today. Although Calvinism has been a part of the SBC since its inception and even before, it’s influence and popularity today is greater than it has ever been. That is and of itself, is not the real problem. The problem is where that influence is positioned today and how that influence may well change the face of the SBC in the “not so distant” years to come. One of the problems that makes this issue so interesting is the fact that Calvinists come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. There are 5 point Calvinists, 4-point Calvinists, 3-point Calvinists and possibly even 2 and 1-point Calvinists. This is cause for concern for me; it appears that the umbrella of Calvinism has been broadened to make it wide enough to hold almost anyone who has been born again and believes in the sovereignty of God or His amazing grace. This “Calvinist friendly” position is not helping the cause of Christ and it is not going to be good for the health and well-being of the future SBC.

Calvinism is not limited to the SBC. There may be individuals of other denominations who are struggling for a new identity as well and this new terminology may find fertile ground for you but from an influence standpoint, my focus is with respect to the SBC and its entities and especially its seminaries. The overwhelming majority of members in the pew have absolutely no idea what the Doctrines of Grace are; most cannot even spell Calvinism correctly much less explain its most basic tenets. I do not want money being sent to the SBC to be used to promote these doctrinal differences that will eventually change the face of the convention as it exists today. Now to be fair, I KNOW that Calvinism has been a part of the SBC since its inception. I understand that Calvinists would like to have a majority voice in the convention. However, the facts are overwhelmingly clear; you do not have a majority voice and there are those who want it to stay that way. I am in that group.

Anyone who does not believe that God regenerates an individual before he can exercise saving faith or repentance is not a Calvinist. A person who claims to be a 4-point Calvinist who does not believe in Limited Atonement, is not a Calvinist. The same is true for that person who does not believe in any of the other four points. Period. What we need today is some new terminology that will adequately represent some of the things that Calvinism has right, and then reflect on the things that Calvinism completely misses the mark on and in the process give people some solid ground upon which to stand. Welcome to the home of Conversionism and Transformed Theology.

Calvinists have been relatively successful in painting a picture of theological extremes by placing hyper-Calvinism on one side and universalism on the other and painting Calvinism as a middle ground. I would like to offer an an alternative middle ground if you will, that moves Calvinism and Reformed Theology to one side and universalism to the other. Calvinists covers a number of issues and they are very deliberate in their presentation. I like what one person said, “We all use the same vocabulary; we do not all use the same dictionary.” This statement contains a mountain of truth!

Conversion is the key to Christianity. The Calvinist will agree with this statement. The difference between Conversionism and Calvinism is how this conversion takes place. For the Calvinist a totally depraved man must be regenerated by God for him to respond to God in faith and repentance in order for that person to be converted. This process of regeneration is both central and critical to the salvific process. Because “Conversion is the key to Christianity,” it is equally true that “the process of regeneration is both central and critical to the salvific process” for both the Conversionist as well as the Calvinist.

The issue of course is when does regeneration take place and how are faith and repentance and regeneration related? For the Reformed, regeneration precedes faith and repentance and in fact lead to them and they are impossible without regeneration. In Conversionism revelation and reconciliation, which are both at God’s sole initiative precede faith and repentance that brings about regeneration.

What is Conversionism or Transformed Theology? Conversionism and Transformed Theology is a new identity that offers what I believe is a much needed change in terminology for the child of God who is neither Arminian or Calvinist.

Reformed Theology has built itself around, namely the TULIP which is an acronym representing the five points of Calvinism. By using the same five letters, here is a new twist on an old identity that can find significance as a New Tulip. Consider the following acrostic:

An Argument for Total Lostness
An Argument for Unconditional Love
An Argument for Limitless Atonement
An Argument for Irreplaceable Grace
An Argument for Perseverance of the Savior

Thankful for a new identity! More to come.


Grateful to be in His Grip,

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The More I look… the Less I Like!

Anyone heard about the church planting group, B21?

Here are a couple interesting articles on their website at http://www.baptisttwentyone.com/

B21 is very excited about the direction of the North American Mission Board under the leadership of President Kevin Ezell (who will also be joining the B21 lunch panel on Tuesday of the Convention, Register for that HERE). Ezell has introduced the strategy entitled “Send North America” that will be a major church planting push from NAMB. NAMB is putting on a lunch panel to discuss this strategy and how churches can get involved. If you are going to be in Phoenix for the SBC, please make every effort to attend this meeting.

“As we continue to prepare for the B21 Panel at the SBC next Tuesday, we would like to hear from you! What kinds of questions would you like John Piper, David Platt, Kevin Ezell, Albert Mohler, and Danny Akin to answer? You can submit the questions you have by leaving them in the comment field below. Please tell us which panelist the question is for and your question.”

Add to this group Acts 29 and PLNTD… all “theologically sound” church planting groups… no wonder Dr. Ezell is so excited about being at NAMB and working so hard for Southern Baptists in the area of church planting.

Grateful to be in His Grip

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Who is a Calvinist?




There are two things that are interesting in the ongoing saga of who is and what is a Calvinist. In an effort to try to determine for myself an answer to this very important question, I have concluded that a Calvinist is an individual that places regeneration before saving faith and repentance. It does not matter if the 3 all are simultaneous or one follows the other; the point is faith and repentance are impossible without regeneration, which is of God’s sole doing. Man does not have the ability nor the capability in and of himself to respond to God in any way apart from and independent of this process of regeneration.

In my study I am convinced that revelation and reconciliation are God’s means of bringing about saving faith in an  individual and NOT regeneration. (See Ro. 1:16; 2 Cor. 2:18-20) In His sovereignty, God is most certainly capable of revealing Himself to those that need to be reconciled to Him. An individual’s response to His revelation is what determines that person’s eternal destiny; God’s will is set; His revelation is given. Our eternity depends on what we do with that revelation.

This is the key difference between Conversionism and Calvinism; Transformed as opposed to Reformed Theology.

Grateful to be in His Grip,

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