Tom Nettles Is Short Of The Mark On Georgia BaptistsDr. Tom "Misinformation" Nettles is at it again, this time in a recent Georgia Index article.
Fortunately, Southern Baptists have Brother Bob Ross to correct Nettles' misinformation campaign.
NETTLES IS SHORT OF THE MARK ON GEORGIA BAPTISTS
Bob to Charles:
Speaking of "dissing" and also Al Mohler's "hiring" unqualified professors, Charles, the case of Southern Seminary's Tom Nettles's qualifications to teach continues to fester.
Obviously, Nettles is acquainted with a lot of history, but his rather crafty distortions as a means to embellish his Hybrid Calvinism continue to crop up and discredit him as an objective professor. Also, he has yet to respond to my inquiry about his inviting Hardshell Lasserre Bradley Jr. to the Seminary campus.
We also noticed in a past post how Nettles appropriated a quotation from the late Dr. F. H. Kerfoot when in fact Kerfoot did not hold to Nettles' idea of "born again before faith," but strenuously objected to that notion (See J. P. Boyce's Abstract of Systematic Theology 1899 edition, page 347.
I assume, Charles, that you have seen Nettles' article in the Georgia Christian Index at
Nettles alleges that the Georgia Baptists in past times were "Calvinists," but he fails to demonstrate that their "Calvinism" was the "Reformed" type of Hybrid Calvinism for which Nettles is a chief palabberer at Southern Seminary. In other words, Nettles failed to show that the elect are "born again before faith," which is the doctrine for which Nettles stands.
You will remember, no doubt, with what exuberance Georgia Pastor and Founders' affiliate Scott Morgan posted an article awhile back in which he elatedly claimed that a Georgia Confession of Faith upheld his Hybrid Calvinism of "born again before faith" [October 12, 2006 9:32:42 PM].
Scott said he "even called Dr. Nettles today and told him where to find it," he was so thrilled about the Confession.
Unfortunately, the Confession was AGAINST Scott's doctrine that "regeneration precedes faith" rather than teaching it.
The Georgia Confession put "effectual calling" [which incorporates the faith which is produced by the Word and Spirit, according to chapter 10 of the 1689 London Confession] BEFORE "regeneration."
The Georgia Confession was quoted by Scott at --
6th. We believe that all those who were chosen in Christ, will be effectually called, regenerated, converted, sanctified, and supported by the spirit and power of God, so that they shall persevere in grace, and not one of them be finally lost.
In Tom Nettles' article, he did not quote this Georgia Confession. Evidently, Nettles did not see the Georgia Confession as being supportive of the "born again before faith" heresy of Hybrid Calvinism -- especially since he was aware of the Calvinist Flyswatter's refutation of Scott Morgan's misinterpretation.
Therefore, while none should deny that Georgia Baptists in past years had their share of Baptists who held the type of Creedal Calvinism expressed in the 1689 London Confession / Philadelphia Confession, neither should they think that the "Calvinism" of Tom Nettles is the Calvinism held by those Georgia Baptists. Their own Confession, quoted by Scott Morgan, reveals that they placed "effectual calling" before "regeneration."
Likewise, Dr. John L. Dagg, as quoted on the Founders' website, says that faith "precedes" in regeneration. [http://www.founders.org/library/dagg_bio.html]
DAGG: "FAITH is necessary to the Christian character; and must therefore PRECEDE REGENERATION, when this is understood in its widest sense. Even in the restricted sense, in which it denotes the beginning of the spiritual life, FAITH, in the sense in which James uses the term, may PRECEDE."
Nettles ironically includes Dr. Dagg in a short list of Calvinistic Georgia Baptists, despite the fact Dr. Dagg conflicts with Nettles' Hybrid Calvinism of "born again before faith."
Nettles apparently assumes that his readers are ignorant of Dagg's views.