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Dr. Leighton Flowers was named the Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists in 2018. In addition to preaching on a wide range of biblical subjects, Leighton regularly travels to churches of all sizes to conduct seminars that specialize on evangelism and apologetics. He has participated in debates with leading apologists and led training conferences for the Annual Convention, Conclave, Apologetic Conferences, and the SBC Annual Convention.

Previously, he served as the Director of Youth Evangelism for Texas Baptists for 13 years. In this position he oversaw the statewide youth leadership training camp called Super Summer and the Youth Evangelism Conferences impacting thousands of teenagers with evangelistic messages, missions mobilization and discipleship training. Leighton has also assisted in the oversight of such ministries as See You At The Pole, a worldwide prayer movement (began by his father, Chuck Flowers) which is impacting people not only in Texas but all around our world.

Leighton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Theology from Hardin-Simmons University (1997); a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000); and completed his Doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2016).

Leighton and his wife Laura, a Licensed Therapist at the Meier Clinic, have four children (Colson, Cooper, Esther and Caden) and live in North Garland just outside of Dallas where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology for Trinity Seminary. Prior to coming on staff with Texas Baptists, Leighton served as a pastor in the local church for over 10 years. Since coming on staff in 2003, he has been a member of Lakepointe Church in Rockwall and served in interim roles for Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano, The Oaks Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Culleoka Baptist Church in Princeton and First Baptist Richardson.

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  1. Is God most glorified in destroying people in hell? The reason why I ask this is because dont Calvinists think that God gets atleast equal glory through his justice as well as his love? But we have to ask, isn’t the devil trying to keep the most glory from God by blinding people from Christ’s glory? 2 Corinthian 4:4. If the glory of his justice is equal to the glory of his love, then Satan is helping to bring more glory to God through the Calvinist reasoning. Since most people are going to hell, it would stand to reason that God would predestine most to heaven so he would get the ultimate glory, if Calvinism is true. But that’s not the case. What do you think of this reasoning? I could be wrong, give me your ideas.

    1. Does it not mention that it is fair for God to choose the precious stones from the pebbles like man does? Did not God roll the “Dice” at the time of His choosing? If a little later or earlier, would I be saved? We are dust with the breath of God as life, therefore, does a computer programmed artificial intelligence unit have a correct argument in saying to the human creator “the man would not choose the shiny object AI over me the pebble AI because it is unfair”? I don’t really know, but the issue is the bible seems to imply “God does all things”. I do not “get” salvation, I receive it as a “Gift”. Otherwise didn’t I do something to get it?

      I would like to believe in a more “lovely” doctrine, but I don’t see it at present. Doesn’t it say that God kept an adversary to test Israel in the Old Testament; then how do they have free will? Isn’t this pre-planning like a computer game with a story pre-designed, but with characters that are “playable by humans etc” that come to a good or bad end, but mostly the story is set already. If there is a decision to be made by me, when is it too late? What about the people who don’t hear the Gospel?

      People as far as I know generally do not explain these points in a simple text of a page or two, explaining logical and credible, biblical answers & that’s probably why Calvinism still exists(unless you know otherwise?text etc). I don’t like it, but that’s just the way it seems to be.

      Personally it seems God does not easily allow me to evangelise, in my personal limited opinion. I’m too weak mentally, or my computer fails, or my documents get lost or I feel it’s not my place; constant bombardment of “don’t do that”, “it”s not in my plan”, is what it feels like. Very similar to wanting to smoke or drink/sin etc but not doing it because of the feeling of being convicted to not do so by a “small voice”. Seemingly.

      If anyone can show me otherwise without a mountain of book reading, great, otherwise shouldn’t I stick with what seems logical, at least to me?

  2. Dear Leighton,
    Have you discussed 2 Peter 2:1, Romans 14:15 and 1 Corinthians 8:11.
    These Scriptures all prove that someone ‘for whom Christ died’ can still perish.
    Does not this clearly prove Calvinism is false? Calvinists believe that everyone ‘for whom Christ died’ will all saved.
    regards, Kyle

  3. Dr Flowers, it was nice to meet you at the convention in Dallas. I was a Calvinist for about nine years and have just recently came away from that doctrine. The Lord has used you and others to show me that God loves the whole world and not just a select few. Thank you for your ministry.

  4. I first listened today to the Pod Cast on the 5 Points/Reasons/Calvinism. What a Refreshing understanding of the Word! I have been a Believer in Christ (Yeshua) for 40 years and I have always thought in my Spirit that there had to be something in between these two Doctrinal teachings; Calvinism/Arminianism.

    My experience of the last twenty years with the Calvinist, has given me the sense that much of the Reformed experienced is referenced in the New Testament: “Having a Form of Godliness, they deny the power, thereof”.

    In addition, one of my thoughts is that there appears to be a sense of superiority, as the “Chosen Ones” and very little willingness to have in depth discussions on “The Faith once and for all delivered to the Saints”, in other words (Dead or Dying ).

    May the Lord bring all His people into an understanding of what is His Truth; “That none should perish, but that all that come to Him would inherit Eternal Life”. (paraphrase)

    Thank you again for the clarification.

    God is Good,

    Jeff Simmons

  5. I have read your work and would like very much to talk with you. But having said that there is an issue that I feel lead to address as a Methodist pastor. The Methodist do believe in corporate election. We believe all have been saved but not all are going to heaven. Because all are predestined through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for an individual to miss heaven one must deny what has been done on their behalf. We all start under grace. The question becomes when we arrive at the point in our lives where we must actively choose to acknowledge truth do we continue our lives declaring Him as truth or do we act on the false reality of this world as truth. If it’s not possible to reach that point and continue under grace them what is being suggested is once we reach that point we must step out from under His grace that we might re-enter His grace. Thus we are claiming we can leave grace by our own choice and then be brought back by the power of God. Peter actually did this. When Jesus asked His disciples who do men say that I am after several had replied He turned to Peter and asked him. Peter replied your are the Sin if God at which time Jesus replied man has not revealed this to you but the Holy Spirit. Just a short time later he would deny Christ three times. Question if Peter had not seen Christ resurrected would he have became the disciple that he did? What does it truly mean from Gods perspective to say we are born into sin? To truly understand one must be able to define sin from His perspective. He is truth. Truth is a person and the word truth is an explanation of His presence and nature. What it means to be born under sin is we are caught between two realities His presence and nature which is truth and a fallen version of creation which presents itself as truth. If truth, God, does not insert Himself to reveal Himself as truth could man deduce His existence apart from His presence. The answer to that is no! There is a place of total depravity the Bible calls it hell. So if election is corporate and we begin under grace can salvation be rejected? If election is corporate them the answer must be yes. If Peter had not seen the risen Christ after having declared Him the Son of God by the presence of the Holy Spirit then denying Him three times I contend he probably would have never found the courage on his own to ask forgiveness. One might say Peter had no choice after denying Christ but to continue but the Bible tells us it took Jesus appearing to him to put him back on the road for Christ. Some may say he was never saved until that point because Christ had not yet went to the cross but Christ going to the cross was the straw that broke their misguided ideals about whether type of Savior Christ was and is. I would like very much to hear back God Bless. dpigman@tgtel.com

    1. Meant to say when Peter was asked who do you say that I am Peter replied you are the Son of God

  6. Hello, the following is a reply from a reformed friend regarding Romans 8. Sorry if this is the wrong pplace for this question ” I dont know what to tell him at this point and nees some guidence. I simply don’t understand his method of interpretation. Romans 8:1 Therefore, I would have to stop right there and ask why is that word there. Paul has been saying that there is no hope of salvation in following the law, as Abraham was saved so shall everybody else be. The Jews were arguing against that and we read that as Paul lays it out for us. Faith over meriting salvation by works is Paul’s argument along with some other things like, we are all sinners whether Jew or gentile, we are all in Adam. Therefore can also be understood as consequently. In other words because of that, chapters 1-7 there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. So is this referring to the Israelite’s or the men of old? I don’t think so because the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set who free? The old testament saints? No, those who have faith (Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.) Romans 8:18 I think is the transition where Paul starts talking about suffering. He doesn’t think the sufferings here on earth are to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us. Who is the us? It is those who are in Christ. Not the children of Israel chosen for a noble cause. This suffering that we as believers go through may be very difficult but it is very, very insignificant to what we will be. Even the creation awaits this revealing of the saints. In verse 19 we read (sons of God) and in verse 21 we read (children of God) what group of people is this referring to? Those who are in Christ. Not the old testament saints. Jumping to verse 28 for the sake of my sleepiness, this verse anchors those who are in Christ that God works all things for the good to those that love God and are CALLED according to His purpose. So does verse 18-28 deal with the suffering old testament saint only? No it doesn’t it covers everybody who loves God. So everybody who loves God can trust that no matter what happens it’s going to work together for the good, according to God. Not only that, those who love God were foreknew, proginosko meaning God knew people, and those people He predestined to become conformed to Christ so that Jesus would be the firstborn, the preeminent one of all. Everyone in Christ will be like Him. Those whom God predestined He called, here is the call that always accomplishes it purpose because those whom God calls He justifies and those whom He justifies He glorifies. This is a chain of events that can not be broken. To respond to the past tense issue this simply speaks to the absolute certainty of God’s work. So I do not see anywhere in chapter 8 of Romans specifically talking about the people of Israel chosen for the noble cause, its just not there. I see Mr. Flowers attempt to make the elect of Romans 8:33 to be only Israel futile also an assault on the truth of the Scripture. In Love by your non-Calvinistic friend.😉”

  7. Dr Flowers

    I have kids about to start reading and want to get your opinion on actual text bibles and /or study resources for beginner readers that are not Calvinistic. Or at the very least, are there any translations for beginner readers you’d recommend that aren’t a collection of paraphrased bible stories?

    Any insight would be appreciated.

    John Davis
    Austin TX

  8. Hello Dr. Flowers, I watched some of your videos on youtube with interest. I have been interested to see several Calvinists come out of Calvinism and then accept the OSAS position. I have studied both Calvinism and OSAS, and fit into neither camp. I have not studied Arminianism much. I have come to the view, not that people can lose their salvation, but that they can reject it. I do not think anyone just finds out one day that they are lost. It is usually, if not always a process. Of course the OSAS position is that such a person was never saved in the first place. However, what I have searched for, for some time now is the history of where the OSAS position comes from. I cannot trace it very far back at all. I have written numerous church leaders who hold that position if they know where in history this view has been taught. Men like David Cloud respond to that by saying something like this, “Well, it is very simple. It comes from the NT.” I am not interested in whether someone believes it comes from the NT or not. I am interested in where in history, say between 150 AD and 1650 AD, this doctrine was ever taught. Would you know of this teaching appearing within those years?
    Blessings on your ministry,
    Pastor Phil Schlamp
    PS Oh, by the way, I have not received any answers yet other than those that lead back to Calvinism. Also, I am asking Dr. Rob Congdon the same question.

    1. This is from Calvin:

      “God,” says he, “had chosen them all as his people, but many of them fell from grace. Let us, therefore, take heed, lest the same thing should happen to us, being admonished by so many examples, for God will not suffer that to go unpunished in us, which he punished so severely in them.”

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