As I was reading Les Puryear’s article, “Is there a Calvinist agenda to reform traditional SBC chuches?,” I felt like I was experiencing deja vu. It seems like every few months I read something somewhere written by some pastor about the evils of reformed theology.
Calvinism is not going to, nor will it ever, lead to the demise of convention churches.
Cold, indifferent, selfish, and pharisaic hearts will lead to the demise of the convention.
For every “Reformed” Southern Baptist church that is not reaching people for Jesus, I’m sure I can find more “non-Reformed” Southern Baptist churches that are equally not reaching people for Jesus.
Most SBC churches are not reaching for Jesus and their theological beliefs have very little to do with it.
I am a young pastor (age 33), proud graduate of Southeastern Seminary (’06) with Reformed-leaning beliefs. I am also a pastor of a church that has grown to 165 in worship … recently moved to two worship services to accommodate our Great Commission mandate as a church. God has blessed us, and in just over two years our congregation has baptized 30 people with over half of those being adults.
We’ve seen lives changed, demonized people healed, marriages restored, and blessings upon blessings because we have been obedient to God’s command.
And one of the key “Calvinistic” beliefs that motivates me each and every day to reach people for Jesus is this truth: that those without Jesus are condemned from birth and are on a path to hell. They are sinners both by nature and choice and have no hope unless they hear the Word of God preached that Jesus alone is Savior.
This is my motivation and this is my calling.
Calvinism won’t kill the convention. Cold hearts, indifference, and lack of love for those perishing will.
Charlie Wallace, pastor
David Baptist Church, Kings Mountain