A Challenge to Steve CampSteve Camp is a man who enjoys patting himself on the back. In a recent blog, Steve was fond of an email which called him "the Simon Cowel of evangelicalism." "I guess it fits," Steve said.
Steve is also fond of finding miniscule faults in others. In his blog, Steve made sure his readers noticed that he correctly spelled the word, Arminian. He then added, "Just pointing this out for Dr. Caner's benefit." Steve was referring to Dr. Caner's misspelling of the word in a recent published email. Steve, can you spell miniscule?
He also likes taking cheap shots. He took a cheap shot at the Southern Baptist Convention, calling it "the SBC (Salvation By Convenience)". Steve is not a Southern Baptist but he enjoys taking jabs at us.
Steve's self-laudatory and nit-picking behavior are not what prompted today's blog. Like most Calvinists, Steve is also wont to creating straw man arguments which are quickly followed by irrational statements.
Steve apparently believes that the SBC consists of churches which embrace Arminianism. This is not the case but since Steve is not a Southern Baptist I will assume he knows little about us. It is not clear if he is speaking of SBC churches or Arminianism but he describes a certain disagreeable theology as one which does not require godly living.
Once you have made a verbal profession of faith you are saved for eternity. If you bear fruit to that end in your life or no fruit (John 15:1-5) it really doesn't matter. Forget about the life being changed--your mere words are more than enough to "secure the deal."
Here is my challenge to Steve Camp: Can you name one Southern Baptist pastor who teaches this? I know of none.