Sam Waldron’s Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel on Hyper-Calvinism

Dr. Sam Waldron:

I have been surprised over the last several years to sense a rise of views which I associate with Hyper-Calvinism or “Half-step Hyper-Calvinism.” Forty years ago I with my wife were new members of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids (now called Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church). This church was one of only a handful of Baptist churches in the United States espousing the doctrines of grace. And we were staunch five-pointers. So we were called, of course, Hyper-Calvinists. We always thought this odd because to us five-point Calvinism was just Calvinism and thus could not be Hyper-Calvinism.

Dr. Sam Waldron

As the years wore on, the church grew. More and more of our members began to come from various Dutch Reformed denominations in the large Dutch Reformed community in Western Michigan. We began to be aware that there were folks in that large Dutch Reformed community who really did at some level deserve the name Hyper-Calvinists.

We had discovered the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. It was the Confession of our church. In it were not only the doctrines of grace (including particular redemption). In it also we had discovered the doctrines of the free offer of the gospel (chapter 7, paragraph 2) and common grace (14:3). More study assured us that both these doctrines were in the original confessional statement of the doctrines of grace, the Canons of Dort.

Yet at least one of the local Dutch Reformed denominations not only denied the free offer and common grace. It was built on a denial of those doctrines. Its leaders continued in a vehement polemic against the free offer and common grace (Spurgeon’s so-called two track theology) which affirmed both the dimensions of God’s will (known variously as secret and revealed or better as decretive and perceptive).

For this reason, the leaders of RBCGR were frequently engaged in a two front war. We had to fight the Arminianism of the local Baptist churches and institutions, but also the Hyper-Calvinism or Half-step Hyper-Calvinism of the Dutch Reformed denomination mentioned above. We were confident that our Reformed Baptist brethren shared with us our position.

Dr. Curt D. Daniel

Now, however, I am aware of blogs and brothers which have if not verbally, at least virtually, have adopted substantially the views of the Hyper-Calvinism or Half-step Hyper-Calvinism mentioned above. Brother Curt Daniel has a couple of times invited me to speak at the yearly conference of his church in Springfield, Illinois. Since he wrote his dissertation on the subject of Hyper-Calvinism, I talked to him about my concerns. One of the results was the interview which I want to share with you in three blog posts that are to follow.

Interview:

Questions 1-3

Questions 4-8

Questions 9-10

You can also find his 75 part audio series on the History and Theology of Calvinism here.

Tom Ascol interviews Dr. Tom Nettles on beginnings of the SBC, New Calvinism + more [VIDEO]

Founders Ministries:

In this interview, Dr. Tom Ascol asks Dr. Tom Nettles about the beginnings of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Nettles, as a well-respected baptist historian, considers three things present at the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention worth recovering.

VIdeo [44 min.]:


For more, check out:



By His Grace and for His Glory:

A Historical Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life

by Thomas J. Nettles


Gospel Heritage of Georgia Baptists

THE GOSPEL HERITAGE OF GEORGIA BAPTISTS: 1772 – 1830
Who Were They and What Did They Believe?

by Kurt Smith and Brandon Smith with Introduction by Tom Nettles




Paul Brewster on SBC History: GA Baptist Assocation & Sandy Creek

Radio interview w/ Michael Haykin on “The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

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From a recently posted Iron Sharpens Iron Radio from July 5, 2016 with Chris Arnzen:

michael haykinDR. MICHAEL HAYKIN,
Professor of Church History & Biblical Spirituality (2008),
Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
& author of
Baptist Story BookTHE BAPTIST STORY: From English Sect to Global Movement

2 hour audio [mp3]:

Debating Calvinism & Biblical Resistance to Tyrants [John Samson | AUDIO]

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Apologia Radio:

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Pastor John Samson

We are joined on this broadcast by our good friend, John Samson (EffectualGrace.com). We talk about God’s sovereignty in salvation [39 min. mark] and we are even joined by someone who was challenging Reformed Theology on Jeff’s social media. Jeff invited him to discuss his challenges to Calvinism on air before our audience rather than in Facebook chat boxes. He called. We are excited for you to hear it.

We also talk about […] Kim Davis [at the 19 min. mark]

AUDIO [82 min. MP3]:

Reformed Baptists Interviewed on Iron Sharpens Iron Radio includes Walt Chantry, James White, Mike Gaydosh, John Samson + More

One of the reasons we started The Confessing Baptist Podcast wasn’t because we were pros (as you can easily guess) or for the money (wait, people don’t lose money off this kind of stuff!?) but because we simply wanted to interview Reformed Baptist pastors or those who could inform us more about our Particular Baptist history since no one else was doing something like that.

Christopher Arnzen
Christopher Arnzen

This is why we previously showed our excitement for Iron Sharpens Iron Radio with Chris Arnzen coming back June 1, 2015. We knew he’d conduct many great interviews that would help fill that niche (plus he is a pro and even has sponsors!).

Of course, his interviewee scope is much broader than ours, but he does get some Reformed Baptists on, and those are the shows we’ll be highlighting below:

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AUDIO

June 1, 2015 ISI Radio Show with James White on Same Sex Marriage [mp3]:

June 4, 2015 Radio Show with Pastor John Samson discussing his journey out of the Word of Faith movement [mp3]:

June 15, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” [mp3]:

June 17, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh of Solid Ground Christian Books on “The Providence of God” [mp3]:

June 23, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Marc Grimaldi on “The Loving Act of Church Discipline” [mp3]:

June 25, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Steve Schultz on “Classical Christian Education” [mp3]:

July 6, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Mike Gaydosh on “The Providence of God” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 7, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor John Samson on “God’s Sovereignty in Election” Part 2 [mp3]:

July 8, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Mack Tomlinson on “Marks of Biblically Faithful Preaching” [mp3]:

July 13, 2015 ISI Radio Show with Pastor Walt Chantry on his book “Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?” [mp3]:


Keep an eye out on the upcoming interview schedule for more great content and look for book giveaways during his live-stream.

Post Tenebras Lux Conf. feat. Victor Tavitian & Peter Smith [9-part AUDIO & VIDEO]

After Darkness... Light!

ReformedOnTheWeb reports:

These are some excellent sermons which contain much history concerning the Reformed Baptist and the Protestant Reformation.

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After Darkness… Light!

The following is from a conference which took place at  Sola Church (in Sydney, Australia) on April 2-4, 2015:

AUDIO [series]:

1. The Five Solas | Victor Tavitian

2. Calvinism (TULIP) | Peter Rev Smith

3. The 1689 London Baptist Confession | Peter Rev Smith

4. The Regulative Principle | Victor Tavitian

5. Covenant Theology (1689 Federalism) | Peter Rev Smith

6. Biblical Separation | Victor Tavitian

7. Law and Gospel Evangelism | Victor Tavitian

8. The Religious Affections | Victor Tavitian

9. Amillennialism | Peter Rev Smith

VIDEO [series]:

Rob Ventura interviewed on “Knowing The Truth” Radio regarding “Going Beyond the Five Points” [Audio]

Going Beyond the Five PointsIn case you didn’t get enough info about the new book Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation from our last two interviews (part 1 | part 2), the general editor of the book, Rob Ventura, was interviewed on the “Knowing the Truth” Radio with Kevin Boling.

knowingthetruthThey cover TULIP, each chapter of the book (The Ten Commandments and the Christian, The Regulative Principle, Covenant Theology, The Church,The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith) and take a call about music in worship.

52 min. mp3:

40 min. Reformation Preaching Conf. 2015 promo video explains the Doctrines of Grace feat. Waldron, Brown Jr., Hernandez, Zachariades + more

James Brown Jr.:

Pastor James Brown Jr.
Pastor James Brown Jr.

We are pleased to announce the release of RP15’s promotional video for the conference this October 9-10. RP15 is a free conference on the Doctrines of Grace with many of the leader pastors and scholars of our day. Registration is required so we can be better prepared to serve you this October. Please register today!

Here is the 40 minute video:

It covers the following:

  • 00:00 Short RP15 Promotional Video
  • 05:37 The Sovereignty of God / Doctrines of Grace
  • 07:40 The Fall of Man / Total Depravity
  • 11:53 The Value of the Doctrines of Grace
  • 17:50 What is Calvinism?
  • 21:58 The Theology of Calvinism
  • 28:08 Practical Calvinism / Perseverance of the Saints
  • 32:14 Calvinism and Worship
  • 33:05 Calvinism and Evangelism
  • 35:42 Calvinism and the Consummation

Speakers | Schedule | Location | Registration

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www.reformedconference.com

“Which soteriological view is taught in Romans 9?” James White vs. Leighton Flowers debate VIDEO now online

Update May 15, 2015: Best footage and in broken up in sections can be found in the following playlist:


Video from the debate is now online from two different sources: First Video of Romans 9 Debate Posted [video]:

Also from Red Grace Media [video}:

Here is the original post on this debate with updates from the week:
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Rich Pierce @ Alpha & Omega Ministries:

flowers debateWhile this is definitely an interesting exchange, it is not a very good debate. The topic was supposed to involve both sides presenting a positive exegesis of Romans 9 so that the audience could compare and decide for themselves. Professor Flowers chose to make a presentation on Total Depravity (which was the topic he had originally suggested), and then make some surface-level comments about how his position would be relevant to particular sections of Romans 9. Hence, the formal debate was basically uncontested, but the secondary debate (total depravity) was only partially contested, as James did not get to make a positive presentation on the topic. Despite this (all too common) problem, the discussion is very useful in comparing Reformed theology and exegesis with what calls itself “traditionalist” Southern Baptist views.

The audio can be purchased for $7.50/$9.00 here.


Update May 12, 2015: James White gave his report on the debate in a portion on today’s Dividing Line [video | mp3]

He also posted his Final Observations on the Leighton Flowers Discussion (With Addendum).


Here are some pictures from the debate via social media:

“Which soteriological view is taught in Romans 9?” James White vs. Leighton Flowers debate AUDIO & VIDEO now online

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Rich Pierce @ Alpha & Omega Ministries:

flowers debateWhile this is definitely an interesting exchange, it is not a very good debate. The topic was supposed to involve both sides presenting a positive exegesis of Romans 9 so that the audience could compare and decide for themselves. Professor Flowers chose to make a presentation on Total Depravity (which was the topic he had originally suggested), and then make some surface-level comments about how his position would be relevant to particular sections of Romans 9. Hence, the formal debate was basically uncontested, but the secondary debate (total depravity) was only partially contested, as James did not get to make a positive presentation on the topic. Despite this (all too common) problem, the discussion is very useful in comparing Reformed theology and exegesis with what calls itself “traditionalist” Southern Baptist views.

The audio can be purchased for $7.50/$9.00 here.


Update May 12, 2015: James White gave his report on the debate in a portion on today’s Dividing Line [video | mp3]

He also posted his Final Observations on the Leighton Flowers Discussion (With Addendum).


Update May 13, 2015: First Video of Romans 9 Debate Posted [video]:


Update May 31, 2015: 174 min. audio now available from SermonAudio [mp3]:


Here are some pictures from the debate via social media:

A Calvinist responds to an Arminian responding to a Calvinist critiquing an Arminian’s book on Prevenient Grace [Tom Nettles]

From Books at a Glance:

prevenient graceIn case you’re new with us, let me bring you up to date regarding this discussion. Dr. Tom Nettles of our Board of Reference here at Books At a Glance recently posted a review of Dr. Brian Shelton’s Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity. In this book Dr. Shelton defends an Arminian perspective on the subject, and in the review Dr. Nettles offered a respectful critique from a Calvinist perspective. Dr. Nettles and I agreed that it would be good to allow Dr. Shelton – also a friend of Books At a Glance – an opportunity to respond.

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

The exchange has been respectful and illuminating, and I appreciate the graciousness displayed by both of these men – we now can say that at least once in our lifetime we have seen a Calvinist-Arminian debate that didn’t embarrass either side! Many thanks to them both.

Now today, Dr. Nettles finishes up the conversation with some final reflections. [Read]

[AUDIO|VIDEO] Dialogue on the “Statement of the traditional Southern Baptist understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” [Tom Ascol + more] Updated w/ James White’s comments

Pastor Tom Ascol
Pastor Tom Ascol

Tom Ascol:

Last week I had the privilege of delivering the Darby/Beal Lectures at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas…

I was asked to speak on the “Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” that was issued three years ago by some Southern Baptists who are alarmed over the spread of the doctrines of grace throughout the SBC. I lectured on article 2 (“The Sinfulness of Man“) and article 3 (“The Atonement of Christ“). Those lectures are available here [46 min. audio/video] and here [56 min. audio/video].

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Traditional Statement panel discussionThe highlight of the series was a panel discussion on the whole Traditional Statement, involving Drs. Mike Smith, President of Jacksonville College, Holmes, Malcolm Yarnell, Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and me. The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Holmes and primarily consisted of observations from Dr. Yarnell and me…

It will come as no surprise to most readers of this blog that Dr. Yarnell and I have significant disagreements over matters that the Traditional Statement addresses. These were not ignored and we pointedly expressed our disagreements. But, as all such discussions should be, the dialogue was very cordial and conducted in a fraternal spirit. By God’s grace, we both tried to be ruthlessly biblical in expressing our views and concerns.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity and privilege of such an engagement. I am also thankful that BMATS has made the lectures and dialogue available online here. Though the volume of the panel discussion video is not great, you can watch it here [89 min.]. A better audio recording is available here [89 min.].


Update, April 1, 2015: James White interacts with the above dialogue:

…transitioned (about 22 minutes in) to a Radio Free Geneva! Spent a lot of time in the text of Scripture dealing with federal headship, walking through especially Romans 5:12-19, and then, having done that, we listened to the important sections of the dialogue/non-debate between Malcolm Yarnell and Tom Ascol from BMA Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas, which took place last week. Hopefully an important and useful two hours!

2 Hour Video:

2 Hour Audio:

 

Tom Ascol interviewed on Mortification of Spin about Calvinism in the SBC [AUDIO] + Roger Nicole on the 5 Points

Mortification of Spin

Tom Ascol
Tom Ascol

Mortification of Spin:

Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries, author, and pastor, joins the Spin Crew for a riveting conversation on Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. Are Calvinists and Baptists so oil-and-water after all? Tom speaks on why Baptists do what they do, and the Gang gets down to business asking some important questions: Are all southerners die-hard tailgaters or does Tom Ascol break the mold? And when will he retire to that Harley Davidson he deserves? But most important, will Tom reprimand our three hosts for leaving their Baptist roots? So much to discuss, so little time. It’s another conversation that’ll have your head spinning!

26 Min. MP3

In conjunction with the podcast they are giving away “The Five Points of Calvinism [from the 1974 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology] by Roger Nicole as a free audio download from The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.” The discount is applied at checkout.

Hear our interview with Tom Ascol about Founders Ministries here:

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Interview #79 – Phil Johnson w/ Rich Barcellos – Testimony, MacArthur, Impassibility, Spurgeon.org + more [Audio Podcast]

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Phil Johnson
Phil Johnson

On episode 79 of our interview podcast we break our rules again and  hand over the interviewee mic. Richard Barcellos interviews Phil Johnson and they get into a wide array of topics.

TOPICS:

  • His testimony
  • How he got connected with John MacArthur
  • How he came to believe the Doctrines of Grace?
  • His favorite authors
  • Criticism an politeness
  • The upcoming Shepherd’s Conference on Inerrancy
  • Why is the doctrine of Divine Impassibility important?
  • Van Til on Thomas Aquinas
  • About Spurgeon.org
  • + more

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