The SBC and the New Calvinism

Within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) over the last few years I’ve heard rumblings against the “New Calvinism.” This past Tuesday Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson said that “If we are not careful a myriad of related beliefs and practices will enter our camp, hidden within the Trojan Horse of Calvinism.” Patterson’s remarks followed that day’s chapel speaker, Rick Patrick, the executive director of an SBC anti-Calvinistic group called Connect316.

You can read the SBC article here.

I’m so tempted to make this a longer post and address some of the points made with regard to both sides of the issue, but I’ll resist :-). For now, if you’d like some idea, head over to the Silo and read my doctrinal statement.

Last month the American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC) adopted a resolution on the New Calvinism. The ACCC doesn’t make church polity, ordinances, or Calvinistic soteriology test of fellowship (that’s not the focus of the Council). Read our resolution, and you’ll see our concerns listed there. I gave a message related to this issue at the ACCC’s annual convention, but it’s not up yet.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see the sparks fly in the SBC barn over this issue.