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22 April, 2008 / theexpositor

Founders-Steve Gaines revives the caricatures of Calvinism

Dr. Thomas Ascol, Director of Founders Ministries, shares on his blog site the gross caricatures made toward the reformed faith, and sadly in one instance, by another prominent Southern Baptist pastor. Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee (Memphis) made some outrageous statements concerning the Doctrines of Grace during a chapel message at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. In his analysis of the sermon, Dr. Ascol writes,

I hope I live long enough to see the day when the common caricatures of the doctrines of sovereign grace have been so widely exposed that any self-respecting preacher will be ashamed to keep serving them up as if they were irrefutable critiques of what John Broadus called “that exalted system of Pauline truth which is technically called Calvinism.” Honestly, I don’t know what keeps some men from being ashamed of doing so in this present day, given the numerous refutations of those caricatures over the last twenty years. Some doctrinal misrepresentations seem to have a shelf life that is longer than most urban legends.

Steve Gaines illustrated this point again last week in his chapel message delivered at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. Here are a couple of the straw men that burned to the ground with much ado. After warning his hearers not to “get caught up in [that] theology that says that God just wants to save some” and citing Scriptures that he believes disallow particular redemption, Gaines says (at the 20:20 mark),

It would emaciate my evangelism if I couldn’t walk up to a total stranger and say, “Jesus died for you.” There’s some people who can’t do that. They can’t do that. They say, “Jesus died for the elect, I hope you’re one of them.”I would hate to think that my evangelism would be emaciated by the elimination of something that the New Testament knows nothing of!

Read the entire article…….

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