I wanted to write and express my appreciation for you and your ministry. I am not a Calvinist and I seldom journey to your web site. However, I looked at it to check on something, and now have spent odd and end time reading through your blog over the last 2 or 3 weeks. I especially want to thank your for the February 23, 2006 post on your entitled “Whither the Southern Baptists? While any such schema necessarily draws lines somewhat arbitrarily, I found your description apropos. I also appreciate your candor and balance—calling to account the Rigorously Reformed Vision as well as the Superficial Evangelistic Vision. My aspiration is certainly to be part of “Tom’s Vision.”
I first heard of the Founders approximately a decade ago through two casual acquaintances. I was thoroughly turned off by the two young men who bluntly told me that “when we get control” the SBC would adopt the 1689 confession and people such as I would have to go. I wrongly associated the Founders with that attitude. The truth is that these were two young men who were relatively new Christians, perhaps even a little arrogant, and mainly suffering for the disease usually cured by time, being barely 20 and knowing everything. In any event, every group seems to have it fair share of people with more zeal than grace. Having now read most of this year’s postings (Calvinists do seem to post more than most) I have come to appreciate the spirit of the Founders and almost all are very strong in beliefs, but gracious in attitude.
I also appreciate your focus on church discipline and the lack of integrity in reporting and accounting. It seems to me that on balance, the Founders is the only group that has elevated truth above denominational promotion. I do not mean every individual, but most other groups seem to remain silent. I am not yet where you are soteriologically, but I certainly want to be a partner with you on integrity. God’s blessings and mercies on all of us, Calvinists and non-Calvinists, we all must have that.
S. P. (North Carolina)
I just received the Winter 2006 journal. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I recently preached on the importance of right behavior in the church (http://scripturealone.blogspot.com/2006/04/1-timothy-314-16-how-one-ought-to.html). I’m glad to see the issue being highlighted. I hope people will listen and respond!
E. S. (via email)