Friday, April 2, 2010
“The anvil is not afraid of the hammer.”.......Charles H. Spurgeon
In recent days I have been away from the "blog world". During this time I have been reflecting on life in general. One thing that I truly began to notice is the "revival" in pro-separation in the SBC and other evangelicals. The separation is rooted in one's view on the origin of salvation (monergism...salvation coming from God alone, which should be rallying point instead of a point of division) and then moves on to subjects like Calvinism, hyper-Calvinism, Armenianism,...etc...etc.
This type of separation is also found in the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement as well. The particular type of separation that I referring to is the sometimes called 2nd degree or 3rd degree separation. For example, If I hang out with someone who you think is a heretic,(keep in mind my convictions have not changed) you my brother who thinks like me, will not hang out with me because of who you "think" is a heretic, is associated with me.
Now, this type of separation may be justified when someone is truly living outside of scripture, but when it is an issue likened to that of Calvinists/Armenians, in which brothers from the same denomination disengage from fellowship, it becomes ridiculous and sinful.
Some questions that frustrate me....(theses questions are for both sides of the argument)...
When did Baptist theological debates become a spectacle, where calling the opposing argument equal to militant Islam become acceptable?
Why has many modern SBC pastors distorted their own history to make a point?
When did winning a debate and tampering with surveys, to prove a stance, become the priority of many Pastors in the SBC?
Why will a reformed baptist not attend a SBC church that does not have "reformed" in their sign?
How can those who love the doctrines of Grace not practice the very thing they argue over?
On this day...the day our Lord suffered for our sins, absorbed the wrath of God, appeased His Anger and won the Victory....let us remember what binds us together....THE GOSPEL...not a system of theology
To all my BROTHERS, who are Calvinists, Armenians, and everything in between.....GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST .....
"may the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of his sufferings"
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