Mark Dever vs. the SBC and Charles H. SpurgeonMark Dever is the head of 9 Marks ministries, which formerly was called the Center for Church Reform. He is a strong promoter of extreme Calvinism including the posting of Tom Schreiner's article on "regeneration before faith" on the 9 Marks website. I reviewed Schreiner's aberrant theology in a previous article.
Dever is co-hosting a "Together for the Gospel" seminar in Louisville in April 2006 with a "special guest," R. C. Sproul. Sproul is a Presbyterian and a leading promoter of the "regeneration before faith" heterodoxy. Dr. Al Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theology Seminary, is another co-host of the event, which is not surprising since Mohler has hired professors such as Schreiner who openly and blatantly teach views completely foreign to most Southern Baptist churches.
Dever strange and odd theology has led him to discourage the baptism of children. This is completely and utterly at odds with the polity of Southern Baptists churches and should be denounced by men of God everywhere. Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 19:14).
Southern Baptists should beware of Mark Dever and his strange and aberrant theology and church polity. I am also puzzled as to why Dr. Al Mohler continues to promote men such as Dever and Sproul.
Along with my remarks I am posting Brother Bob Ross' comments regarding Charles H. Spurgeon's view of children. Please read what he has to say.
JUST ANOTHER CONTRAST BETWEEN
C. H. SPURGEON AND THE FOUNDERS?
I understand that a pastor named Mark Dever of Washington D. C. has been added to the Founders Ministries, and he is supposedly spearheading certain issues in an effort ostensibly to "reform" the church.
Among other "reforming" palabber, this gentleman is evidently so spiritually gifted that he knows at what age a youngster should be or should not be baptized -- which is never even discussed in Scripture.
I have not read anything by Dever on the "born again before faith" heterodoxy endorsed by some of the Founders, so I don't know if that is his personal view. However, this thing about not baptizing children who profess simple faith in the simple Gospel of Christ sounds a lot like one of the unholy fruits of Hybrid Calvinism, the aberrant theology on salvation which gives rise to other aberrant ideas.
Whereas the Founders often appropriate the name of C. H. Spurgeon as if they are of the same faith and order, CHS promoted both early child conversions and baptisms. He said that among his best members were those who were converted very young and were baptized and became members of the church.
So much for Spurgeon's being anything like unto certain of the Founders who do not appreciate child conversion and the baptizing of the young converts.
The idea that children are not really converted at young ages or should not be baptized at young ages is not only unSpurgeonic, but it certainly has no foundation in Scripture. -- Bob L. Ross