Gregory A. Wills summarily writes about the Synod of Dort’s response to the Remonstrants, followers of Jacob Arminius. The Arminian Remonstrants summed up their doubts [i.e. concerning the purported teachings of John Calvin by Theodore Beza, et al] in five points. The Dutch church hosted the Synod of Dort, a gathering of the leaders of […]
You suppose [God] to be standing at the prison-doors, having the keys thereof in his hands, and to be continually inviting the prisoners to come forth, commanding them to accept of that invitation, urging every motive which can possibly induce them to comply with that command; adding the most precious promises, if they obey, the […]
Baptist historian, Robert Baylor Semple (1769-1831), published the minutes of the first Separate Baptist Association held May, 1771 in Orange county, Virginia.1 Samuel Harriss was chosen moderator, and John Waller, Jr. was elected clerk, both ministers of whom, according to Semple, were strong advocates of the “Arminian” stream flowing into the Baptist river of theology. In the […]
Art. 5. We believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God, did make an atonement for all men in general but the benefits of the atonement specially are only received by the True believer. –Minutes of North River United Baptist Association Convened at Salem Meeting House, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 1843.
The facts support the tradition still extant in the Peedee that the Welsh Neck Church in its earlier days was more Arminian than Calvinistic in its beliefs and practices. –Townsend, Leah. South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805. Florence: 1935: 48
As a somewhat entertaining illustration in how Old English Particular Baptists exploited the biblical doctrine of election to theologically flog their General Baptist kinsmen, below is a verse from a popular hymn sang in Particular Baptist churches: We are the Lord’s elected few, Let all the rest be damned; There’s room enough in hell for […]
Brother Thurman, I’ll tell you what the matter is — Stop preaching John Calvin and James Arminius, and preach Jesus Christ. –Mrs. John LaRue, member of Nolin Baptist Church (1828) as quoted in Spencer, J. H. A History of Kentucky Baptists: From 1769 to 1885. Vol 1. Cincinnati: 1886. p.335.
In his book, Metaphysics, philosopher Richard Taylor discusses the thorny problem of determinism and free will, a fascinating read, I might add–one that most of us, though challenging it remains, can, for the most part, understand. And, as I was reading it, my mind immediately snagged a possible application his discussion has for Calvinists and […]
It seems to be taken for granted that all those venerable fathers, who founded the Baptist Denomination in this state [Georgia], were as stern calvinistic preachers as are the opposers of the new plans. But this is altogether a mistake. Abraham Marshall [Son of Daniel] was never considered a predestinarian preacher. Some of them were […]
The New Hampshire Confession of Faith published in 1833 was so mild in its Calvinism that the five points of distinction between Calvinism and Arminianism are almost ignored. –W.W. Barnes, “The New Hampshire Confession of Faith, Its Origin and Use.” The Baptist and Reflector vol 39, Jan 1942 The New Hampshire Confession of Faith
Below is a description of the New Hampshire Declaration of Faith (1833; revised in 1853) as recorded by W.J. McGlothlin, then Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his book, Baptist Confessions of Faith (1911, pp. 224ff). Perhaps most relevant for today’s Southern Baptists is, the New Hampshire confession was the […]
The founder of this seminary, whose portrait sits behind you, identified Arminianism as one of the three great heresies this institution was established to combat. –President Al Mohler in “Oral Memoirs of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.”