TO THE EDITOR:
It has come to my attention that there is a document by the title of A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation being proposed to the people of the Southern Baptist Convention.
It is my understanding this document is an apologetic against Calvinism. May I give a testimony of the effects of Calvinism in the ranks of the SBC?
I pastored the Fellowship Baptist Church of Sulphur, Louisiana from 1987 until 1994. It was a Southern Baptist Church at the time.
The Lord had allowed us to build the church into a strong soul winning, mission minded, and Bible preaching church. When I left the church we were averaging over 300 in attendance with more than 30 baptisms per year.
The church called a man who filled out an application form that indicated he subscribed to all of the items listed above. However, six months after his assumption as pastor he ended the soul winning program as well as the Awana Club and began to preach the tenets of Calvinism.
The church began to decline and after about eighteen months the attendance had declined significantly. After two years the attendance was down to between 30 and 40.
He eventually changed the name of the church and it became Presbyterian in practice and doctrine and assumed a Presbyterian name. This is one example of the effects of Calvinism and its pernicious doctrine.
The SBC and churches need to awake to the alarm being sounded and take action against this false teaching.
Pierre Part, La.