« ‘Evangelistic’ Sunday school | Main | An Open Letter to Southern Baptists from the BSA Religious Relationships Task Force »

Baptists go by the Bible

Much has been said about the Calvinism controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, but I have found little to explain or define it.

Baptists go by the Bible. Remember the words of Jesus, “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers” (Matt. 23:8, NASB). Again, Paul tells us, “Each one of you is saying, ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I of Apollos.’ ... Has Christ been divided?” (1 Cor. 1:12-13, NASB). We Baptists should weigh any theologian directly against the Bible, agreeing only when it makes sense, and don’t swallow entire agendas by someone, especially the early reformers like (John) Calvin and (Huldrych) Zwingli, who could be all too grossly human. Vincent Price could have made a good drive-in horror movie about their antics and been entirely factual.

Some scholars like to pretend they know it all. Only God knows everything. Besides, John Calvin sure wasn’t the founder of the Baptist denomination! 

Stephan Allsup
Little Rock

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>