Originally posted on Reformed Baptist Fellowship:
Over at The Christian Curmudgeon William H. Smith recently posted a piece entitled, “Can Baptists Be Reformed? Is this a contradiction in terms?”. There is much good to glean from Smith’s piece. I agree with him that the term “Reformed” is being bled of most of its historical and theological meaning. Just a little historical-theological reading (something my Baptist friends need to do more of) will show that the Five Points of Calvinism, though vital to the system of Reformed theology, are not its whole or even its essence. I also agree with Smith on the dangers of revivalism v. an ordinary means of grace ministry. There are some of us Baptists that are “Old Side” when it comes to this issue.
This brings me to the specific issues to which I want to respond. Before doing so, it is probably best to let you know that I will not…
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