More Baloney -- This Time From Tom Ascol
Brother Bob Ross has some thoughts about Brother Tom Ascol's recent jubilation over the decline in SBC baptisms.
Tom has C. H. Spurgeon's picture on his blog. I wonder if Tom has considered what Spurgeon would think of his remarks?
MORE BALONEY -- THIS TIME FROM TOM ASCOL OF THE "FLOUNDERS"
Bob to Charles:
Speaking of baloney, Charles, have you seen Tom Ascol's amusing comments about the reported decline in baptisms in the latest SBC statistics?
Here are some excerpts from the "Flounders" blog:
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Maybe we are baptizing fewer false converts
The recent Baptist Press report that "baptisms are down" for the previous year in the SBC is provoking much reflection and analysis. . . . Maybe the statistics indicate that we are baptizing fewer false converts. Or to state it positively, maybe they indicate that a greater care is being exercised in who gets baptized in our churches. . . . If this kind of commitment causes our baptism statistics to decline because our theology and practice of baptism has improved, then rejoice. It will not mean that fewer people are being converted, but that fewer false converts are getting wet.
How about that for an "answer" to the "why?" there are fewer baptisms?
With Tom, it seems that "less" may mean "better." Wonder if Tom baptized "fewer false converts" last year?
I wonder how Tom would explain the "Parable of the Sower" (Mark 4) where the lesson seems to indicate that there are some "false converts" even where the pure Word of God is preached?Or, has Tom's own church been able to do it better than that particular parable indicates? Does the preaching of Tom's brand of "Reformed" Calvinism guarantee no "false converts"?