P&P Public Service Announcement:

For those of you who did not know, both Charles Spurgeon and John Piper have “lost priorities,” do not understand the gospel, and are confusing many people on how to be saved. Not only that, but Piper and Timothy George are leading Southern Baptists away from our Baptist identity by going down the “slippery slope of ecumenism.” Furthermore, Calvinism really does not originate from the Bible as much as it does rationalism and philosophical speculation. And this comes from someone who is a self-assumed spokesperson for all non-Calvinists in the SBC from Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri.

Now what is striking about these statements is that they were issued at a conference called “Building Bridges: Southern Baptists and Calvinism.” I can’t help but think that such statements reflect a Baptist Barney Fife seeking to round up all the Reformed ragamuffins and prosecute them for breaking “traditional Baptist” law. Having chided Calvinist Baptist historians for poor and skewed scholarship, theologians for ruminating on Augustine and Calvin more than Jesus or Paul, and statesmen for being untrustworthy and anti-missionary, Dr. Yarnell makes these five ultimatums:

1. “Non-Calvinist Baptists call their Baptist Calvinist brethren to reject clearly and permanently speculative doctrines insofar as they detract from experimental faith in and consistent submission to Jesus Christ as Lord.”

2. “Non-Calvinist Baptists would call our Baptist Calvinist brethren to reject clearly and permanently speculative doctrines, extra-biblical distinctions and theological methodologies insofar as they detract from the revelation of the Word of God illumined by the Holy Spirit to the gathered churches. Some forms of Calvinism are simply not biblical enough.”

3. “Non-Calvinist Baptists would call our Baptist Calvinist brethren to reject clearly and permanently speculative doctrines insofar as they detract from a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

4. “Non-Calvinist Baptists would call our Baptist Calvinists brethren to reject clearly and permanently speculative doctrines insofar as they detract from a strictly biblical understanding of local churches.”

5. “It would be helpful for non-Calvinist Baptists if all Baptist Calvinists would intentionally and publicly refute the errors of Classical Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism.”