I meant to do this last week, so this is somewhat belated. A year ago this month we launched Strange BaptistFire to counter all the false claims and caricatures of Calvinism being propped up in the SBC. What had prompted the collaborative effort was not simply to refute the errors of BaptistFire, but it was to stop the injustice being done to pastors and churches who were being encouraged by BaptistFire and other sources to divide churches and/or fire their pastor(s). In my home state of Alabama alone, I had reports of seven churches that had either fired their pastor or split because of BaptistFire. I figured confronted these guys who lived in the dark was the least we could do.
Little did we know that it took only eleven days for BaptistFire to completely abandon the Internet, removing all their content. You can still go to their website and see that the house has been cleaned. I do not rejoice over this a year later; rather, I am simply encouraged to know that churches and lay people are having less and less places to go to find resources to divide churches with reckless and baseless stuff being piped from BaptistFire’s website. What did it for Nathan and myself was when they called for the removal of Calvinists from the SBC. Since that time, Strange BaptistFire has existed to discuss Reformed theology in evangelical life, especially Southern Baptist life.
With that said, do you believe the SBC is more accepting of Calvinism today than a year ago?
Secondly, I have been compiling my research and notes from the last five to ten years over the controversy of Calvinism in the SBC. If any of you have kept up with links, articles, or audio related to the controversy over Calvinism in the SBC, I would love your help. Let me give you a couple of examples of what I am looking for that I failed to print out and is no longer available on the Internet:
1. Bobby Welch’s article in FBC Daytona ‘s newsletter dated July 10, 2005 entitled “Calvinism and Christ’s Great Commission.” The PDF is no longer available, but some of you may have it saved to your computer or printed out.
2. Lonnie Wilkey’s editorial piece in Tennessee’s Baptist and Reflector in September 2006 entitled “Calvinists Have No Sense of Urgency–Jesus Did.” I think I can retrieve it from the library, but I thought I’d ask here first.
If any of you have documented or followed the events of the past 5-10 years of Calvinism in the SBC and would like to help, please contact me at outpostministries[at]yahoo[dot]com. Thanks!
NOTE: I hope to make my research available in a couple of weeks here at P&P.