(I do not believe Calvinism is the gospel. The gospel is the gospel.) The quote by Spurgeon (source) above is very interesting considering Bailey Smith’s love and respect for Spurgeon.
If you don’t know who Bailey Smith is, you might not be a Southern Baptist. :). I appreciate Bailey Smith’s ministry. I am partially the man and pastor I am today due to Bailey’s influence in the early years of my ministry.
But, I was disappointed in a broad-brush statement Smith made recently about Calvinists. During the Q & A of “The Need for Revival” Conference of the Georgia Baptist Convention, Smith broad-brushed Calvinists as “lazy.” A Calvinist Southern Baptist brother in the crowd called him on his caricature. Bailey–rightfully so–responded by back pedaling on his previous statement. I appreciate the loving interaction between these two men. The reality is that both Calvinists and non-Calvinists in the SBC can be lazy, and both can be soul-winners.
Start the video at around 20:00 minutes.
May Southern Baptists learn from this interaction–how not to interact with one another, and how to interact with one another.