Paul M. Dohse has written an open letter to me addressing my contention with Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. And, I must say, he makes some compelling observations >>>
Dohse's main point center's on what he thinks is a battle directed against the wrong opponent (i.e., the wrong Calvinism). Says he:
I think real Calvinism has brought good things to Southern Baptists, but I just wanted to write you and mention that your present contention is not with real Calvinism.
They call themselves Calvinists, but that’s a lie. In fact, real Calvinists contend against them
Dohse goes on to unpack his point by explaining the differences between "real" Calvinists and the new impostors of "real" Calvinists--"The New Calvinists." Against these neo-Calvinists even classic Calvinists have fired their theological weapons.
Dohse specifically links the linguistic habit of these neo-Calvinists in insisting on "preaching the gospel to themselves" and being "gospel-centered" or "gospel-driven" to what Reformed critic Jay Adams (among others) calls, "Biblical Sonship" theology.
I thank my Brother Dohse for his open letter, consequently alerting me to some sources I have not considered. Frankly, I too have had an eerie sense about the language many SBC leaders have adopted, language like "gospel-centered," "preaching the gospel to myself," and even "Christ follower" (not necessarily that the latter is connected to the former two). Hence, I intend to do some investigation into this phenomenon Dohse has documented.
Even so, I still remain confident my focus on Calvinism has not been not ill-conceived. My main contention is and always has been aggressive Calvinism which purports to restore the gospel Southern Baptists "lost" when they abandoned, according to aggressive Calvinists, their strict (not to mention exclusive) Calvinistic roots. Beginning in 1982, Founders Ministries envisioned the SBC as altogether Calvinistic (i.e. T.U.L.I.P.) so far as its legitimate historio-theological heritage is concerned and, so far as I know, has never discarded their original vision.
And, toward that goal of "reforming" the Southern Baptist Convention, Founders Ministries promotes the "doctrines of grace," pouring its resources into the "reformation" of the SBC. Hence, while Brother Dohse may be on to something which characterizes the "New Calvinists" influencing the SBC, the "old" aggressive Calvinists (i.e. Founders-type) are still alive and well.
With that, I am...
See Paul Dohse's Open Letter to Peter Lumpkins
Check out Jay Adam's Biblical Sonship: An Evaluation of the Sonship Discipleship Course