As of late, you may have noticed some personal attacks on Calvinists, and on Calvinism in general coming from men within the SBC. These men are calling themselves, “Traditionalists.” I wonder whose traditions they are identifying with? I wonder if they know the real history of the SBC? I wonder if they understand that their roots are in Calvinism? I wonder, when they accuse us of following traditions of men, if they ever look at themselves and their own traditions? The following two sections of scripture are about the Pharisees and their hypocritical keeping of traditions. It is identified as wrong, and not to be emulated.
Colossians 2:8 (NASB) 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Mark 7:8-9 (NASB) 8 Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
9 He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.
This section of scripture is about imitating Paul as he imitates Christ. This tradition is good, and to be kept.
1 Corinthians 11:1-2 (NASB) 1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.
So call yourself a traditionalist if you like. I don’t care. Hate the doctrines of grace, if that is how you think. Chase all of us evil Calvinists out of the SBC, but I’ve got news for you, we’ve been the theologically conservative salt in your denomination. When we leave, you will fly headlong down the road to liberalism and eventual irrelevance.