Skip to content
03 February, 2009 / theexpositor

Are Calvinists being forced out at SBC Seminary?

Wade Burleson posts on his blog Grace and Truth to You, that officials at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth,Texas have convened to question and possibly remove faculty that adhere to the five-points of Calvinism.

Yesterday Dr. Paige Patterson met with professors in the theology school at SWBTS and said that the seminary would be letting go the five point Calvinist professors from the seminary, claiming that the lack of funds and the need to reduce faculty as the rationale for the impending releases. Odd, however, was the chosen method of reduction. It was not years of service, nor even the performance of the professors, but rather, administration sought to ascertain just who on the faculty were avowed “tulip” men, and those are the ones being let go……

Of course, it is the perogative of the SWBTS President to release whomsoever he will, but the forced, imminent departure of Calvinists from SWBTS illustrates just how far we have come since ideologues, who can’t handle dissent, have taken charge of the Southern Baptist Convention.

We will watch and see what and how this develops…..

Advertisements

3 Comments

  1. sbrogden / Feb 4 2009 1 14

    I pray this isn’t true, but after reading the “debate” on Calvinsm v Arminianisn between Patterson and Mohler a couple years (?) ago, it won’t surprise if it is true.

    I recently read a comment from Paul Washer in which he stated that pastors cannot be “created” by seminaries, but that the Lord would call His elders by drawing men into His Word and church.

    Yesterday, I received an email from 9Marks.org stating “Seminaries don’t make pastors, churches do.” This newsletter is available here: http://involve.9marks.org/site/DocServer/9Marks_eJournal0961.pdf?docID=601

    Let all who truly love the Word stand firm on the Rock of our salvation and may He protect those who refuse to bow to the idol of “man’s free will”.

  2. E. Calvin Beisner / Feb 5 2009 1 19

    I just asked a friend on the SWBTS board, and he checked with the appropriate administration members. He was told that there was no faculty meeting on Monday (Dr. Patterson was out of town), and no Calvinists were released whatsoever.

  3. Hughuenot / Feb 7 2009 1 34

    Has Wade Burleson changed his tune?

    Two other sites (Ken Silva & Will Shin) reported it as you have it above: “…Paige Patterson met with professors in the theology school at SWBTS and said that the seminary would be letting go the five point Calvinist professors from the seminary…”

    Mr Burleson has apparently changed it to: “…Dr. Paige Patterson met with professors in the theology school at SWBTS and implied the seminary would be letting go the Calvinist professors from the seminary…”

    “Said” and “implied” are very different things, Mr Burleson.

    Being a stickler for accurate and racy reporting, you ought to be tidier.

    l’Hughuenot

Comments are closed.