Traditionalists of the Southern Baptist Convention, (SBC and their Attacks on Calvinism.


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.

03/02/14 Our Visit to the First Baptist Church of Fruitland

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We visited the First Baptist Church of Fruitland on 03/02/14.

  1. How approachable/welcoming, is the Pastor before and/or after the service? The Pastor was proactive in greeting us and making sure to invite us to the potluck after the service. He was very friendly.
  2. How friendly is the congregation? The congregation was very friendly and welcoming. They invited us to their potluck after the service and made sure to engage us in conversation.
  3. How many congregants are there? There were approximately between 15-25 people there.
  4. How do they take the offering? A plate was passed.
  5. Where are they located? They are pretty conveniently located close to Fruitland, and Ontario. They are at, 1070 N. Pennsylvania Avenue Fruitland, Idaho 83619, their phone number is (208) 452-3938
  6. How is the service broke down between, prayers, worship, and sermon? It seemed to be approximately 20% prayer, 40% worship, and 40% sermon.
  7. What is the condition of their facilities? The facilities were average for a small congregation.
  8. What is the preaching style of their Pastor? The sermon was an exegesis of Romans 7. It seemed expository. We’d have to keep visiting to know for sure.
  9. Do they use a specific translation of the Bible, or prohibit any translations, if so why? They used the KJV for the overhead and the Pastor read out of it. They didn’t seem to prohibit other translations though.
  10. Do they have a web page? They don’t have a web page, but they do have a Facebook page. The link is at the bottom of this article.   If so, is there a clear, orthodox, confession or statement of faith? I couldn’t see one on the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Baptist-Church-of-Fruitland-Idaho-SBC/132348916918064?rf=111687335534649