Timmy Brister Attends Billy Graham School Yet Attacks Billy Graham's MethodsTimmy Brister finds Iain Murray's anti-invitation (and by extension, anti-Southern Baptist) book "excellent." Bob Ross looks at the ramifications of Timmy's opinion.
SOUTHERN SEMINARY STUDENT SIDES WITH PEDOBAPTIST MURRAY
Bob to Charles:
On his blog, Timmy Brister endorses Iain Murray's phantasmagoria against "The Invitation System," calling Murray's booklet "excellent."
Murray's booklet is not only anti-public invitation, but it is anti-Billy Graham.
Brister is a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary which honors Graham in using his name on the "Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth."
SBTS obviously honors and endorses Billy Graham, but Brister approves of Murray's booklet which repudiates and opposes Billy Graham's evangelism.
Murray's booklet also promotes the error that "baptism" is the initial means of confessing Christ, which is contrary to the Baptist practice of oral confession of Christ before baptism.
Murray holds to the Westminster Confession which teaches that baptism is commanded (WIC 28:1), that it is the scripturally warranted duty of believing parents to have their children baptized in infancy (WIC 28:4), and that it is "a great sin . . . to neglect this ordinance" ( WIC 28:5).
It is primarily on the basis of this error about infants that Murray bases his opposition to public invitations. He holds to the "Reformed" heresy that the "elect" children born to believing parents inherit the promise of regeneration, are born again in infancy, and therefore should be presented by the parents to be baptized and added to the church.
Since these "elect" children were supposedly regenerated in infancy, to extend an invitation to them to believe on Christ and confess Him publicly would be superfluous.
Since Brister is a Southern Seminary student, ostensibly studying for the Baptist ministry, it seems rather paradoxical (at best) that he regards as "excellent" the pedobaptist Murray's booklet which repudiates both Billy Graham's evangelism and the Baptist evangelistic practice of public invitations as a means of confessing Christ.
Do you suppose, Charles, that President Al Mohler and his Faculty share Timmy Brister's approval of Murray's anti-Billy Graham and anti-public invitation booklet?