Claims like the above from aggressive Calvinists among Southern Baptists is precisely why I began this blog in 2006 posting non-Calvinist sources throughout the history of the Southern Baptist Convention, sources that High Calvinists like Nettles routinely ignore. For Nettles, the chief causal reason for the theological compromise on Scripture addressed by the Conservative Resurgence beginning in 1979 appears to be the loss of High Calvinism (i.e. T.U.L.I.P.) in the convention.
And, too, according to the retired Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor, apparently the reason evangelism is so low now in the convention is the weak display of High Calvinism in the churches-- "...the loss of Calvinism...led to a truncated evangelism..."
Indeed it seems all our theological, ecclesiastical, and spiritual woes could be decidedly eliminated if Southern Baptists would get back to confessing only strict Calvinism. That's what seems to be coming through loud and clear in Nettles' piece.
Nothing...and I do mean n-o-t-h-i-n-g is healthy for Southern Baptists in Nettles' historical reductionist view.
That's the way I see it anyway.*
*The brief post above first appeared on my Facebook page.
NOTE: While I intend to leave this blog active and online in order to address, if I so choose, future issues arising in both culture and the church affecting Southern Baptists (like the post above), my main online focus now is turned toward another site I'm building---Free Church Theology--a site I hope will become a valuable resource center for all free church believers. Unlike this blog, Free Church Theology will have no comment section since the purpose is assembling resources rather than discussing points of view. Free Church Theology will also host Free Church PressTM, my small book publishing company I launched in 2009.
Know I'm both thankful and humbled for the huge readership support SBC Tomorrow has experienced since 2006. With 1400 posts, 26,000 comments, and over 2.1 million page views over the lifetime of this site, I'm particularly satisfied with its success. Indeed even though SBC Tomorrow has been virtually inactive over the last year or so, it still manages to produce hundreds of page views per week indicating, at least in some sense, the posts and/or subsequent discussions still warrant access. And, as I indicated above, while I intend on leaving SBC Tomorrow online, my main focus now will be building an exclusive resource base to shine a bright light on the free church tradition.