We like the former president, but we are glad he is the FORMER president -- heck we bought his book and love his passion for leading others to Christ.
Wednesday morning, Dr. Welch was filling time with an on-the-spot sermon before the one of the business sessions, and from our perspective, near the end of his message, the only thing that was filled was his mouth, because he clearly put his foot into it.
He did this while trying to admonish all Southern Baptists to win souls. In addition to licking shoe leather, he also managed to show his theological ignorance and disdain for reformed-minded Baptists.
Here is the famous quote:
We do not know anyone of a Calvinist persuasion who has ever claimed to know who the "elect" is. Only God knows that -- wait your buddy Dick Lincoln (remember Sunday night) basically said Jesus didn't know who was going to be in heaven. Has Dick ever preached out of Romans?
"People are running around in these hallways saying, "What about these Calvinists...what about these others?' Listen to me, this is a careful, thoughtful statement. It may not sound that way, but it is. Listen to this. You who claim to be hot-hearted evangelical and evangelistic, then put up or shut up. You who want to be called Calvinist or your getting called Calvinist because your theology -- LISTEN! If you know who is elected, get out there and tell 'em it's time to come on in, and take office and get baptized and help us go soul winning. One thing we must not do is let the enemy distract us from God's calling on our life and you got Jesus and the Word telling us that -somebody say Amen!"
Dr. Welch our vigor for evangelism doesn't come from the need to put another notch on our belt or so we can brag about our soul-wining or so we can lay up treasure in heaven or build a few mansions in heaven or because some denominationally leader has but in place some a goal to get a certain number of people baptized.
Dr. Welch, and the rest of you who don't understand the Doctrines of Grace --LISTEN !
We evangelize because Jesus commanded us to evangelize. STOP trying to tar and feather Calvinist or reformed-minded Baptists. It's time for you and the rest of our Baptist brothers to call off the dogs. Remember, our numbers are growing because people are studying the inerrant Word we all cherish.
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/16/2006 02:35:00 PM