Myth #5: The GCR is actually a grand Calvinist plot to infiltrate the SBC and gain control or at least greater influence in the Convention.
This may be my favorite of all the myths. The wild imaginations that have produced it are a wonder to behold. I mean, you have to stay up late and work really hard to come up with something like this. These brothers ought to write science fiction or mystery novels! There are millions for the making. Now, what are the facts?
First, the “Axioms Message” has only one passing and playful reference to Calvinism. The point was made that we do not have to agree on the specifics of Calvinism to work together in obeying the Great Commission. Anyone who has a heart for the nations and affirms the BF&M 2000 is welcomed to engage the battle for the souls of men.
Second, the GCR Declaration has no mention or reference to Calvinism. None. Why? Because the GCR is not about Calvinism.
Third, I am not a classic Calvinist and there is no Calvinist agenda. On a personal note my track record is pretty clear here. If anyone would like supporting evidence they can go to http://apps.sebts.edu/president/?p=41 and listen to my message, “The Danger of Loving a Theological System More Than the Savior” or they can go to http://apps.sebts.edu/president/?p=527 and read the article, “Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: How Should Southern Baptists Respond to this Divine Mystery?”
Fourth, Johnny Hunt is not a Calvinist.
Fifth, Ronnie Floyd is not a Calvinist.
Sixth, of all the members of the GCRTF that was appointed by Johnny Hunt, I know of only one person who is a Calvinist. Who that person is, is not a mystery. However, to honor full disclosure, I must acknowledge there has not been a roll call vote on this issue!
Now, is it the case that some members of the GCRTF have at different times and in different ways reached out to Calvinists in the SBC inviting them to join us in a GCR that by God’s grace will get the gospel to the nations? Yes. Is it also true that many, maybe all, members of the GCRTF believe there is a place in the SBC for Calvinists who have the heart of David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Luther, Rice, John Broadus, James Boyce, and Charles Spurgeon? Yes! Absolutely!
Does the GCRTF want a “Calvinist SBC?” Not at all. Do we want to work with fellow orthodox evangelical Baptists of varying theological stripes to get the gospel to the nations? Yes we do. The great danger to the SBC getting after the Great Commission with greater fervency and passion is not Calvinism. Carnality, on the other hand, is most certainly our real enemy. Of that I have no doubt. Why? Because it is the danger my own heart must deal with every single day.