Tom Nettles' Influence On Seminary StudentsIn this article, Brother Bob Ross once again demonstrates how the true Founders of the Southern Baptist Convention are quite different than the men aligned with Tom Ascol's Founders Ministries (yes, they really believe what they are doing is a ministry).
NETTLES' INFLUENCE ON SEMINARY STUDENTS
Bob to Charles:
I noticed, Charles, that a frequent favorable references are made by Timmy Brister and some other Southern Seminary students to Pedobaptist Iain Murray's anti-invitation booklet.
The question is, Charles, why should Baptist students in a Baptist seminary be following the thinking of a "baby baptizer" who thinks that "covenant children" inherit salvation and get born again in infancy? It would be a rather natural consequence that such a pedobaptist as Murray would not have any use for an invitation inasmuch as he thinks the "elect" get "regenerated" when they are yet babies.
There is a close affinity between Murray and the Flounders, since Ernest Reisinger was an earnest disciple of Murray, and Reisinger founded the Flounders. TOM NETTLES is on the Board of Directors of the Flounders, and teaches at Southern Seminary.
Nettles has written against invitations in his book By His Grace and For His Glory, and probably has taught his students at SBTS his anti-invitation views.
So here it is, Nettles, a Flounder, like Murray and Reisinger opposes the view of one of the Founders of Southern Seminary, JOHN A. BROADUS.
Broadus wrote On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, and used the book as a text at the Seminary. It has also been used in other SBC seminaries and other schools over the years. Dr. Broadus, under the heading of the "Conduct of Public Worship," says:
"In many churches it is customary to follow every sermon with an 'invitation' hymn, during which any who desire to MAKE A PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH or to become members of the church are INVITED to present themselves by COMING TO THE FRONT" (page 375, 1943 edition by Broadman Press).
Dr. Broadus was converted under circumstances where invitations were used (Life and Letters of John A. Broadus by A. T. Robertson, pages 33-35).
Broadus also made his first convert in connection with a public invitation.
Dr. A. T. Robertson reveals how young John won his first soul to the Lord during a public invitation following a sermon:
In a meeting a few months after John's conversion, the preacher urged all Christians at the close of the service to move about and talk to the unconverted. John looked anxiously around to see if there was anybody present he could talk to about his soul's salvation. He had never done anything of the kind before. Finally he saw a man not very bright, named Sandy. He thought he might venture to speak to him at any rate; and Sandy was converted. John soon went away to teach school. Whenever he came back Sandy would run across the street to meet him and say; "Howdy, John? thankee, John. Howdy, John? thankee, John."
Doctor Broadus often told of this first effort of his at soul-winning and would add: "And if ever I reach the heavenly home and walk the golden streets, I know the first person to meet me will be Sandy, coming and saying again: 'Howdy, John? thankee, John.'"
I doubt seriously you would ever find Tom Nettles following the example of young John Broadus and "move about and talk to the unconverted" at the close of a sermon, seeking to win a soul to the Lord during a public invitation.
It seems logical that the current crop of SBTS students who are blogging against public invitations are the disciples of Tom Nettles and not of John A. Broadus.