As both a Calvinist and a Southern Baptist, I have to ask the question, "Where are all the Calvinist Troublemakers in the Southern Baptist Convention?"
When I read various articles within the Southern Baptist sphere, I see people warning that some Calvinists within the denomination, in particular pastors, are going into churches, teaching Calvinism, causing problems and pain, and splitting churches.
For example, Dr. Frank Cox, who is running for SBC president this summer, said this in an interview with Les Puryear, "My great concern is this new aggressive form of Calvinism that is being disruptive to some of our churches. I believe a pastor or staff member has the right and freedom to hold to this view. However, I would encourage them to be upfront with the church that is seeking God’s mind in calling them to be their pastor. If the church is informed and prays it through and believes they can operate together—then wonderful. However, there are many churches that are not informed and this is not their theological view, so when the pastor begins to lead in this direction, it causes a tremendous amount of heartbreak and disruption for the church and also for the pastor." Read the entire interview by clicking here.
My question remains. Where are the Calvinists causing these sorts of problems?
I routinely read statements, mostly by those in the SBC who oppose the resurgence of Calvinism, that sound like scare-tactics. The idea basically is that Calvinists are hiding their beliefs until they get into churches. After they are there, they begin to teach Calvinism, which in turn causes all sorts of problems.
If this assertion is true, then it is a problem. However, there must be specific examples of it actually occuring in order for it to be true. This leads back to my initial question.
No one making the claim that some Calvinists are causing problems ever seems to mention even one specific instance. I have yet to hear of even one example. Furthermore, if this was a significant issue within the SBC, then there would be numerous examples.
Where are they? Would someone, maybe even Dr. Cox, please share with us ten to twenty examples of churches that have suffered at the hands of a Calvinist? If this is really an issue, then we need to know specifics.
Right now the lack of specifics makes this look more like anti-Calvinists trying to scare churches away from hiring Calvinistic pastors.
(On a related note, the "John 3:16 Conference" should be interesting. It concerns me that the speakers have chosen just one verse to be the primary text. Why not look at the whole counsel of the word of God? When is the Ephesians 1:3-14 conference going to be scheduled?)