A good Calvinistic brother, Shawn Merithew, posted an article entitled, Our Appreciation for the Conservative Resurgence: A Response to Paige Patterson at Founder.org on December 9th. He begins by graciously thanking Dr. Paige Patterson for his key role in protecting the convention from theological liberalism, but then goes on to provide a critique of Patterson’s recent remarks toward Southern Baptist Calvinists following a sermon on Soteriology offered by Dr. Rick Patrick at a Southwestern Baptist Theological Chapel service. He writes, in part:
By God’s grace, operative through men like Paige Patterson, the Southern Baptist Convention remains firmly rooted in the inerrant truth of God’s Holy Word. So how do we respond when this same pillar of our denomination seems to invite the Calvinists in the SBC to leave and identify as Presbyterians?
As I demonstrated in the presentation below, the context of Dr. Patterson’s comments must be considered along side many other recent comments and clarifications offered to us by this faithful denominational “pillar.” It seems abundantly clear to me that Dr. Patterson’s intent was not to “invite Calvinists in the SBC to leave,” as indicated by Merithew, though it is understandable how his comments could have been taken that way if heard out of context. I encourage anyone who may be confused about these comments to read Dr. Patterson’s clarifying remarks and consider the full context.
To read Dr. Patterson’s own clarification please CLICK HERE.