To the Editor
Claiming to be something and being something are two different things. Beginning with the time of John Calvin until today, there have been some Calvinists who claim to be Baptists. This is like claiming to be a Christian atheist. The two words are incompatible and in same way Baptist and Calvinists are also incompatible.
From the time of Christ until today, Baptists have been a “whosoever will” people. For anyone to attempt to inject Calvinism into the Baptist faith is as absurd as would be an effort to inject falling from grace or praying for the dead. Why would we consider Calvinism and not the beliefs of other groups as well?
Baptists defend the rights for our friends of other faiths to believe whatever they will.
But a line is drawn when a person tries to inject non-Baptist theology into our faith. Personal integrity demands that such a person should join a church or even start one that is Calvinistic.
Some Calvinist are trying to pirate Baptist churches, colleges, universities and even seminaries – none of which they have had any part in building. Some Calvinists claim their takeover effort is the result of other issues.
I could think far more highly of these people if they would openly acknowledge they have only one issue, the issue of Calvinism rather than hiding behind bogus issues of their own making.
Calvinism implies that Billy Graham’s ministry was really not necessary since the millions of converts were already predestined to be saved.
Charles Spurgeon said, “Calvin got his Calvinism from Augustine.” Augustine taught that God purposely created some people to go to heaven and others to hell.
No real Baptist would ever subscribe to such heresy.
Calvinism is not Baptist theology!
Jerold R. McBride