Lonnie Wilkey, editor of the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s newspaper (Baptist & Reflector), has a new column entitled “Calvinists Have No Sense of Urgency – Jesus Did.”
And a snippet…
The danger with Calvinism as I see it is that it could cause Southern Baptists in the pew to think they do not need to witness, give through the Cooperative Program to missions, or pray for lost souls. That would be a tragedy. To be fair to Calvinists there are some who say that there is a need to witness and share the gospel. But they do not seem to have that sense of urgency that Jesus had. One of the last things Jesus said to His disciples (and to us) is the Great Commission, recorded in Matthew 28:19-20. I can’t imagine Jesus saying those words at that particular time if it didn’t matter.
I can only go by the example Jesus set. He had an urgency for saving lost souls and He passed that urgency on to us.
In the article, Wilkey admits that he’s no theologian and writes from a layman’s perspective with no seminary training. Most Southern Baptists have no seminary training.
I do wonder how many in the pews share the views of Wilkey?
I’m willing to bet that number is a tad bit higher than 10%….