Morris Chapman Warns of Church Destroying CalvinistsMorris 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.