Paul's Passing Thoughts

TANC Prediction: The New Calvinists Are in the Process of Forming Their Own Denomination or the Completed Takeover of the SBC is Imminent

Posted in Uncategorized by paulspassingthoughts on February 12, 2013

green-logo3Some recent trends have tempted me to partake in a little prognostication. First, the primer for all of this is the brazen disregard for bad press in light of recent sex scandals among the “Gospel-centered” crowd. Look, I know “Gospel-centered” sounds spiritually generic but it’s not. “Gospel-centered” is indicative of a radical worldview that many in the church don’t comprehend. Two-thousand years later, even in the midst of the Information Age, they are propagating an, “underestimated,” “unadjusted,” “scandalous” gospel. That should be your first clue. And indeed, there is plenty of scandal.

This worldview disregards the concept of justice and has an antinomian pedigree. That is causing a significant pushback between this movement and others in the church. That is perhaps the primary catalyst that will provoke some kind of significant separation. Historically, spiritual tyranny ALWAYS follows this movement, and the chickens have come home to roost. Unfortunately, the church has done a poor job of pinpointing this logic and rejecting it beforehand, but the one thing everyone understands is when bad things start happening.

Again, justice isn’t even on the radar screen, but if you want to pay the bills you act like it’s important. The New Calvinists no longer portend that it is—so something is up in my book. ABWE, which has strong ties to the New Calvinist cartel and its four Dons, “Big Al” Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, and CJ Mahaney, just snubbed its nose up at the Evangelical world by firing the feel-good intermediating organization GRACE. The public facts surrounding this scandal, now ten years in the making, has destroyed GARB credibility in the minds of anyone who is not a consummate Kool-Aid drinker. Creditability in the GARB community may no longer be relevant; i.e., a merger with likeminded despots may be in the works. By the way, New Calvinist Dr. William Brown has been fired from GARB enclave Cedarville University. He was the president thereof, and has been temporarily appointed as chancellor to candy-coat the event as much as possible. But there is a serious catfight going on there that is difficult to sort out. Here is one example: http://cedarvilleproblems.com/index-1.htm . But at any rate, it’s not surprising; some kind of fight ALWAYS follows a New Calvinist beast. Always.

The business as usual motif in regard to CJ Mahaney, the Underboss of the Charismatic wing of the New Calvinist cartel, is also striking. As president of SGM, he has been besieged with controversy over sex scandal cover ups and basic run of the mill despot leadership style. His behavior was so outrageous that his cult following at SGM, including his own son-in-law, dismissed him. The cartel bosses in Louisville, Kentucky (home of their front organization, “Together for the Gospel”) partook in an image makeover and had Mahaney reinstalled as president of SGM. The outrageous event squeezed so hard that every bit of integrity oozed out of SGM and several of its member churches jumped ship. Regardless of all of this, including the fact that Mahaney is a defendant in a class action sexual abuse law suit, he is scheduled as the main act in all upcoming cartel conferences. Again, a total in your face- kiss our sanctified booties stance toward the rest of the Evangelical community. This is hard to miss as the Evangelical community at large has launched a petition for CJ to step out of the limelight while the trial flaunts itself in the mainline news media: http://www.causes.com/actions/1730803-an-appeal-to-national-leaders-regarding-c-j-mahaney

But beyond this snubbing of the Evangelical community, take note that Mahaney recently moved the corporate headquarters of SGM to Louisville, Kentucky. This is the home base  for Big Al, president of Southern Seminary, and well known as “ground zero” for the New Calvinist movement (Collin Hansen: Young, Restless, Reformed; A Journalist’s Journey With The New Calvinists, chapter four, “Ground Zero: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky”). I mean, I know they are buddies and all, but you just don’t move a whole organization to another city for sentimental reasons. Something is up.

The New Calvinist movement has been hard at work to take over the SBC since 1981. A Presbyterian started Founders Ministries for the express purpose of that agenda. They even printed a manifesto accordingly. Scoff at the conspiracy theory if you must—but it is just plain fact. I document those facts in The Truth About New Calvinism: Its History, Doctrine, and Character. That’s why Southern is “ground zero” for the New Calvinist movement. It is also behind the attempted name change of the convention. If that goes through—it’s over—what the cartel has been working for since a small group of egomaniacs met at the Holiday Inn in Euless, Texas circa 1981 will be complete.

But the Southern Baptist faithful have proven to be a tuff nut to crack. To some degree, the doctrinal illiteracy of Southern Baptists has saved them. It is difficult to deceive people into changing their soteriology when they don’t even understand the difference between justification and sanctification. Southern Baptist New Calvinist heretics like David Platt only end up offending the faithful by dissing the concept of asking Jesus into my heart and reciting the sinner’s prayer. Hence, Southern Baptists don’t disdain New Calvinists because they propagate the false gospel of progressive justification, but because they offend their traditional sensibilities. Perhaps the greatest sin is the New Calvinist absence of Southern Baptist absolution: the alter call that replaced aggressive sanctification long ago.

So, this is down to the wire. The New Calvinist takeover of the SBC is at hand, or these guys are going to start their own gig. They have what’s left of SGM, they have the Passion Movement, they have the Emergent Church for the most part, the biblical counseling culture, and many Presbyterian churches as well. This is a gargantuan mass of time tested Kool-Aid drinking humanity. They no longer need to feed off of the Evangelical community. But what is immensely sad is the fact that we have ignorantly funded the cause while ignoring the muffled cries of those buried alive in the backyard.

I would also like to throw something else into my prognostic stew. John Piper recently “retired” from his pastorate at the Bethlehem temple. Do we really think he is going to retire to a life of seashell hunting in Florida? Yes, I know, he’s not beyond such hypocrisy, but it’s still highly doubtful. Trust me; he’s moving on to something bigger—much bigger. But what? I know where I would put my money if I had to.

This is all going somewhere because history always repeats itself. This movement has died five times since its conception in Geneva, and it will die again. It’s getting more and more difficult to suck the blood out of churches that the movement has covertly taken over because of the internet and those pesky discernment bloggers. For the first time since 1972, New Calvinists are being fingered in the pastoral interview process. The gig is up. There is not much more to pilfer in the Evangelical church at large, so they will separate.

But that will be the beginning of the end. Progressive justification always implodes. Progressive justification is like the lollypop knives Eskimos use to kill wolves. Fitting. Christians do not grow by staying at the foot of the cross. We do not grow by feeding on the gospel of first importance that saved us. Children in adult bodies will eventually devour themselves. It’s already happening: in all major wings of the New Calvinist movement there have been scandals that have made national headlines. It’s time for them to prove that bastard Semi-Pelagian evangelicals are to blame. If only they were not held back by the zombies of synergistic sanctification. If only they were not defiled by those who believe Jesus is a precept and unable to see His astounding personhood! Why, we don’t even know what Jesus’ favorite color is! Away with those who will not be wowed by what Jesus did rather than anything we can do! Ahhmen.

One way or the other, regardless of how wrong or right my prediction is, something is going to give. Every day, the Evangelical community is gaining a clearer picture of what’s going on. But if they do start their own denomination, the scene would be to die for. The Star Wars bar scene could not hold a light-sabre to it.

paul

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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on February 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

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  4. lydiasellerofpurple@yahoo.com said, on February 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Paul, there are hundreds of things Al Mohler has said or done that I thought would have gotten him some sort of censorship or something by trustees or leaders of the SBC. I mean things that have publicly insulted the very people who pay his salary!

    Instead he gets put on big committees such as the one for what to do about the Calvinist/Trad problem in the SBC. He gets rewarded! And he gets rewarded by Non Cals in leadership positions in the SBC!

    It is time to face facts. Mohler really is the SBC de facto pope and he is molding it into a sort of shepherding cult by infiltrating exissting churches with YRR trained young men or spending our money to plant reformed only (Acts 29) churches with the arrogant YRR guys which gives them instant power over people.

    He has been methodically working toward this since 93. His celebrity was won as a culture warrior NOT as a Calvinist. Never forget that. The obvious Calvinism was not really understood until around 2006 or so.He had plenty of time to clean house at SBTS and forge partnerships that gave him power and celebrity which made him untouchable to many.

    He is an idol to many young men.I personally believe the SBC is dead. It is only a matter of time for that to be recognized.

  5. paulspassingthoughts said, on February 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Lydia,

    So, do you think the new denomination thing is a dead idea? Seems like you think that he rules the SBC to the point where he will eventually get everything he wants.

  6. lydiasellerofpurple@yahoo.com said, on February 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    What new denomination thing? The name change? That was so silly I can hardly believe it actually passed. Mohler sent out a tweet saying that SBTS would now be known as the Great Commission Baptist Seminary. I pass by there about 4x a week….where are the new signs?

    The SBC exists because churches pool money for missions called the cooperative program. That, of course, has grown into a huge bureaucracy and high paying jobs program for celebs and their hangers on.

    Just take a look at how many churches there are listed in the SBC and how many missionaries there are. It is ridiculous. Someething like 45,000 churches and 5000 missionaries.

    If you look at the biggest percentage giving churches to the cooperative program they are NOT the mega churches where the elite are…you know, the ones running the SBC, on all the committees, speaking on the stages and setting policy.

    Take Mohler’s former pastor, Kevin Ezell, from Highview Baptist who is now President of NAMB who has been funneling SBC money to Acts 29 church plants. The figures in Kentucky showed that Highview, a church of over 1000 (largest category for reporting) gave a total of 10,000 last year to missions. But tiny Hopewell Baptist in the hinterlands of KY with 100 people (or less) gave 30,000.

    That is ONE example.

    What is wrong with that picture? The guys making the decisions and spending the money hail from churches that are rich but give very little. The tiny churches are paying the biggest percentage of their high salaries!

    I am not sure how long this can last in this economy. You can beat people over the head only so long about tithing and some churches are designating away from SBTS, etc to protest things.

    A new denomination? I think folks (especially leaders) have their heads in the sand. But when you have been living your life off OPM it is hard to face facts. People are LEAVING church. Even older ones. They are no longer willing to pay for the shenanigans or the new carpets.

  7. paulspassingthoughts said, on February 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Lydia,

    This “gospel centered” stuff is a whole other way of looking at Christian reality in a radical way. I see some big changes coming–we will see.

  8. lydiasellerofpurple@yahoo.com said, on February 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “This “gospel centered” stuff is a whole other way of looking at Christian reality in a radical way. I see some big changes coming–we will see.”

    All it means in practice is that one can continue to be a pedophile and be saved. There will come a time when people will leave church to keep their children safer. If you think I am kidding, it is already happening!

  9. Laurie Leitz said, on February 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Paul,
    I found your insight to the merging of SBC and SGM intriguing in light of the past few days in the National News of the present Pope of the Catholic Church stepping down for no apparent reason other than his age. Knowing the similarties of the doctrines mentioned, could there be a connection, I don’t know, but this all seems suspect. Looking at the big picture, yes I agree, something is definitely afoot.

  10. trust4himonly said, on February 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I would say that God is cleaning house…we see this with BJU, SGM, Teen Mania, Calvary Chapel, Westboro Baptist etc….

    Another thing to notice: look at the secular side with the Scientology movement- this group is now embroiled with major lawsuits. They even stated how Katie Holmes got out was pretty brilliant and she exposed Scientology. We also see that good men like Steve Hassan (was an ex-moonie), who has been out there for some time, are being noticed and the area of mind control, mental illness, spiritual abuse and cults are coming out as a real problem in our country right now. His book Freedom of Mind was published this year.

    The biggest blessing is the internet. Without it, many would not know about these churches and cults, many would not have a voice, and many would not have the support. I think what is also happening is that people are coming together instead of fighting alone- large numbers going against an establishment is proving to be effective. Before, people were going after these guys single handedly.

  11. paulspassingthoughts said, on February 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    LL,
    No doubt. Why should these guys fight battles in their own camps when they can do a big tent thing? Money? Could be. They get a bunch of bucks from clueless people.

  12. epklatt said, on February 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    This is great stuff. As an SGM Survivor, I am fascinated to see CJ’s antics placed in a larger context. Just one small factual correction. In this sentence from the fourth paragraph of this excellent article “His behavior was so outrageous that his cult following at SGM, including his own son-in-law, dismissed him.” I believe you are referring to Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church, who is not CJ’s son-in-law. In truth, CJ’s three sons-in-law are so emotionally, financially, and morally indentured to the family business that their public loyalty is assured. It’s an easy mistake to make as Joshua was closely mentored by CJ, was CJ’s personal choice to follow him as Senior Pastor, and lived with the Mahaney family for some years. Any dynastic ambitions on CJ’s part came to naught, however, as Joshua chose his bride from outside the Mahaney royal enclave. Joshua certainly didn’t rush to CJ’s defense when the scandal broke in 2011, which was a huge factor in CJ’s hightailing it out of town.

  13. paulspassingthoughts said, on February 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Epkiat,

    Thanks for the correction. A news report from a local TV station reported that Harris was Mahaney’s son-in-law. Apparently, we either misunderstood the report or it is incorrect. Thanks again for the correction.

    paul

  14. lydiasellerofpurple@yahoo.com said, on February 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Josh Harris comes from the same patriarchal bubble. He has never lived or worked in the real world. His father, Greg Harris made his living off Christendom. Big patriarchal homeschool family. Brothers did the “rebolution” thing.

    Josh Harris is more like CJ but the protege most likely got sick of fawning over such a hypocrite. Folks who think harris has changed and it is the ante CJ are going to be disappointed. It is all he knows.

    One of CJ’s son in laws who was a former pastor in an SGM church is now attending SBTS to get a real education, I suppose, past CJ’s 9 mos pastors college gig. I expect to see him in a very good SBC posting when he graduates compliments of Al Mohler. I think there are some other SGM folks who got jobs at SBTS. There are some checking on this. (You know how many real baptists would like those jobs/) Mohler is taking care of Mahaney now that Mahaney is in Louisville..


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