"Particularly, two influential blogging Calvinists appear to have made it a life-mission to smear Ergun Caner’s life and ministry in the mud-hole of deception: Tom Ascol, Southern Baptist pastor and Executive Director of Founders Ministries, and James White, Primitive Baptist preacher and Reformed Baptist apologist from Phoenix, Az." (//link)
In that post, I identified hyper-Calvinist James White* as both a "Primitive Baptist" and a "Reformed Baptist." Was I being redundant?
While I've hinted at equating the two theological labels before, Mr. Bob Ross at The Reformed Flyswatter does a much better job than did I. Observe a quote from his present post:
"I can cite a number of historical examples of this. Even "Reformed Baptist" Samuel Waldron, in his book, Baptist Roots in America, in order to find a historical use of the term "Reformed Baptists" had to cite a Primitive Baptist example."
From my perspective, the continued alliance of Calvinists who serve Southern Baptist congregations with "Primitive" or "Reformed" Baptists like James White cannot be healthy for the Southern Baptist Convention.
With that, I am...
*While some strangely accuse me and others with slander when employing this theological label, I shall continue to do so with no personal malice or moral ill-intent toward James White and/or other high, strict Calvinists who deny that God's salvific love extends to all humanity. This, after all, is their theological position. Dr. David Allen, Dean of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has sufficiently demonstrated that the particular Calvinism James White embraces and defends has far too many similarities to historic hyper-Calvinism to ignore.