Dear Dr. Ascol:

Keep up the good work! As a retired pastor and college teacher, I have felt denominationally homeless for some time even though I was a lifelong Southern Baptist. During the recent quarrels, the minority factions seemed divided between those who felt there was no problem and wanted things unchanged and those who wanted to go further in the direction of an anthropocentric theology that could blend in with a popular culture that glorifies self-realization, self-fulfillment and self-esteem. I was also disappointed in the majority faction who realized something was wrong but sought a solution in the shallow fundamentalism of American popular religious culture. I firmly believe that a sound hermeneutics cannot rest on novel words replacing the grand truths of revelation, inspiration, and illumination. If the renewal of Biblical authority is not founded squarely on the doctrine of special election and we try to demystify the process, the result will scarcely be worth the effort. We must reaffirm that in addition to the election to enter the kingdom, there is also an election to a special function in the kingdom’s work; and for that work, the individual is uniquely prepared, including the inspired writers and those who proclaim the message.

I have already said too much. Thank you for your time. I discovered your offer of a free coy of the journal on-line and asked for it. Thank you.

Yours in Christ,
Phelan, CA

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the free literature you recently sent me. I received your packet in today’s mail.

I am deeply grateful for the good stand you are taking on the Doctrines of Grace. The Founders Journal has been used of the Lord to bring me to a clearer understanding of Biblical Soteriology. I am confident that it is helping many others also.

Keep up the good work!

J. K.
Roanoke, VA

Dear Dr. Ascol:

…I have been a believer in the Doctrines of Grace for about twenty-five years and have preached them for nearly thirteen years. Generally, my ministry has been in small country churches because I am Bi-Vocational.

I have read most of what is contained in the journal and it is encouraging to know that others understand the great doctrines we believe. Ministering in a Southern Baptist Church, no matter how small, is somewhat disconcerting since most of my colleagues are Arminian and the material from our Convention just reinforces the Arminian error.

It is sometimes difficult to understand why church members vehemently refuse to believe the Scripture with regard to grace. How do you explain the phenomenon of seemingly good people who have been church members for years who have never come to know the doctrines of grace? These good people often react negatively when grace in its purest form is preached. Why do good church members resist honoring God in all of His saving majesty? Why do you suppose God has allowed the Arminian error to have gained such wide acceptance? Why are there so few who believe in true grace?

These are questions, along with many others, that I often ponder. Perhaps the journal can provide more insight into some of them. It will be a pleasure to receive future issues and to have contact with like-minded believers.

M. L.
Eastman, GA

Dr. Ascol,

Your on-line magazine is Christian excitement and scholarship at its best. A friend at work showed me your web page and together we have been devouring everything written.

I intend to attend the 1997 Founders meeting in St. Louis; I hope to thank you there in person. Right now I could tell you how excited and consumed I am by the pure Gospel message that your magazine represents, but I think I would never finish if I started. For, you see, I lived a dead Baptist life for 6 years, even attending a Baptist University, before God saved me. All at once He gave me a love for Scripture; something I had beforehand never known. He then sent an old-fashioned revival to my workplace. He then placed me in a God-fearing church led by one of the greatest men I know, David Baker (First Baptist church of Belton, Missouri, a.k.a. Heartland Baptist Tabernacle.) Now I am happy to exclaim that I will be Baptized as a believer this Sunday night. I could go on, but I better stop here; for I am getting started and, like I said, I may not be able to stop.

I write to tell you that if it were not for your web page I might not have discovered the depth of this great Biblical surge in our convention. Don’t misunderstand, Pastor Baker more than keeps us well informed–I just wanted you to know that your on-line presence fills in some gaps; and it finally gives the Internet purpose. I now see that God is using this pornographic mess of an Internet in spite of itself. I realize that other excellent authentic Christian web pages do exist, such as R. C. Sproul’s, but yours has content and focus that I find in no other. I will be telling my friends–though most will think you have the sharpest, rockiest and most disagreeable web page they have yet to surf upon: some might even be mortally crushed by its waves. But hey, what are friends for?

via email

Dear Dr. Ascol,

As a proud graduate of Southern Seminary when Dr. Honeycutt was there, I didn’t know whether to puke or barf on your trite comments about the events at Southern Seminary. I have come to the realization that individuals such as yourself are too sick to even have a normal discussion with.

I was there when Roy Honeycutt stretched out his hand to work with trustees over the situation at Southern and when the trustees at Southwestern forced Russell Dilday out, and there is one consistency about fascists such as yourself, and that is you lie, distort, cheat, or commit any atrocious act in the name of God in order to fulfill your sick perverted lust for power.

And as for the moderates being broken, I would like to direct you to my article in the HUMANIST magazine of Oct./Nov, due out in about two weeks, as the retort of a young moderate Southern Baptist theologian concerning the true agenda of power-hungry fascists such as yourself. You will find the moderate movement far from dead.

Sincerely yours,

Editor’s Response

Dear Mr. W.:

May I recommend that you take a couple of aspirins and lie down for a while? Such outbursts as that which you directed to me in your email can’t be good for your blood pressure.

Thanks for caring enough to write.

In Christ,