Thursday, April 12, 2007

Morris Chapman Warns of Church Destroying Calvinists

Morris Chapman is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee. He served two terms as the President of the SBC. He has been called, "Mr. Southern Baptist" and keeps his ear to the ground regarding trends and events in Baptist churches.

On the official blog of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Chapman was asked about the resurgence of Calvinism in the SBC. Among other things, he said,
One danger is that pastors are tempted to accept church pastorates in churches that are not Calvinistic, and then strive to drive them into the Calvinistic camp, thereby destroying an otherwise strong and healthy church. Another danger is that the truly warm-hearted, “evangelical” Calvinists often are misunderstood by second-generation successors, potentially resulting in a decline in evangelism and missions.

For over a year now on this blog, Brother Bob Ross and I have been warning about the differences between warm-hearted evangelical Calvinists such as Charles H. Spurgeon, and the "second-generation," hyper/hybrid/neo/extreme Calvinists such as Dr. Tom Ascol, Dr. Tom Nettles, "Dr." James White, Dr. Mark Dever, Scott Morgan, Gene M. Bridges, Timmy Brister, and the rest of the "born again before faith" crowd.

Brother Bob Ross is the leading print publisher of Spurgeon's sermons and a Spurgeon historian par excellence. He is uniquely qualified to compare a Calvinist such as Spurgeon with the modern-day hybrid variety. For a few examples, see this, and this, and this.

Southern Baptists should listen to Dr. Morris Chapman, and also listen to Brother Bob Ross.



At Friday, April 13, 2007 2:58:00 PM, Anonymous John the Missionary said...

It's not really news that the Founders and their friends have been splitting and destroying churches for a long time.

A Google search will turn up several links like the one below.

Calvinism creates Baptist dissension

Morris is right to keep beating the drum. As long as the problem exists, it's right to call attention to it.

John the Missionary

At Monday, April 16, 2007 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

Ask any state convention Executive Director about the church splits caused by Calvinists. Just make sure you are sitting down when you ask him.

In Illinois we have had too many to count. I know one "Founders lover" who caused at least two splits. You'd think after one split he would be too ashamed to try again.



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