BFM2K has room for an admitted Arminian?

Recently, a local SBC church committee elected an admitted 5-point Arminian to the pastorate. The main reason is that the guy is nice, conservative & charasmatic. Not charasmatic as in pentecostal, but as in his personality.

What’s wrong with having this man as their new pastor? Nothing except it’s against the BFM2K (Baptist Faith & Message 2000) which is the official statement of faith adhered to by this SBC church.

Quoting the BFM2K we read:

V. God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

This man believes not that one can lose their salvation, but that they can willing give it up and any time. I have to say that atleast this man is consistent all the way through and probably more consistent than a lot of SBCers. Yet again we see that doctrine played a minimal part in this process. It’s very sad to me. If a church is going to have a statement of faith and not follow it then why have one? What’s the use?

I wonder if there is any accountability of this church or of any SBC churches towards the SBC in reference to the statement of faith? If there is no accountability in this area then what holds the organization together at it’s roots? A non-elder run congregation with no doctrinal accountability could virtually elect anyone they want.


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1 Jim from August 27, 2005 at 1:26 am

You said it. This pastor is “consistent all the way through”. Unlike the SBC’s odd semi-pelagian eternal security doctrine. But you also have a point about the SBC not enforcing their own rules.


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