To coincide with this weeks Calvary Baptist Seminary (Lansdale) Conference, Advancing the Church I am posting a new article. Come back tomorrow for, The Separatist Cause is Not Advanced by Featuring Non-Separatists. For related reading on the convergence of Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism at Lansdale see Ps. Brian Ernsberger’s Dead Man’s Curve at The Parsings of a Preacher. Until tomorrow, for your consideration, the following is my (revised and expanded) September 2010 announcement that Dr. Kevin Bauder and Dr. Dave Doran would be joining SBC pastor Dr. Mark Dever on the platform at Lansdale.
Dear Guests of IDOTG:
Questions have now been answered about this statement from the *Central Seminary Ethos Statement on Fundamentalism, “For this reason, we believe that careful, limited forms of fellowship are possible.”
Dr. Mark Dever will be the keynote speaker at the Calvary Baptist Seminary (Lansdale) Conference Advancing the Church in 2011. Dr. Dave Doran and Dr. Kevin Bauder are joining Dever on the platform.
Dave Doran, of course, has already hosted three evangelicals in his pulpit and seminary. Will Kevin Bauder soon be opening the classrooms of Central Baptist Seminary to the evangelicals? To date he finds no significant differences that might give him pause. “Careful, limited forms of fellowship...?” This is only the beginning of what will be greater forms of compromise for the sake of fellowship with the evangelicals.
The magnetic attraction for men like Bauder and Doran to the so-called “conservative” evangelicals is Calvinistic soteriology in the form of Lordship Salvation. Lordship Salvation is the so-called “pure gospel” rallying point. Because of that point of agreement Bauder and Doran have shown a growing willingness to tolerate, allow for and excuse the aberrant doctrine, worldliness in ministry and **ecumenical compromises of the evangelicals.
Mark Dever is just the latest step toward greater compromise of genuine biblical separatism for expanding the boundaries of limited fellowship. Dever is the bridge that will take Bauder, Doran and those they are seeking to influence to completely embrace the entire T4G/Gospel Coalition community. This step toward Dever is a baby-step. Compromise is a learned behavior. It typically progresses this way: Crawl, then Walk, then Run. Kevin Bauder and Dave Doran have, in my opinion, just about outgrown the crawling stage.Anyone believing this cooperative fellowship with Dever is going to be the full extent “limited form of fellowship,” is mistaken.
It is timely to repeat the prophetic commentary of Dr. Gerald Priest who in reacting to Bauder’s incendiary Let’s Get Clear on This noted,
“Kevin has been quite lavish in his praise of conservative evangelicals while castigating so-called fundamentalists. Yet he has spent very little time warning us about the pitfalls and problems of conservative evangelicalism…. What I fear is that we may be allowing a Trojan horse into the fundamentalist camp. And after a while, if we keep going down this track, any significant difference between conservative evangelical and the fundamentalist institutions may disappear.”That is exactly what we are witnessing in these days. The Trojan horse is being brought into the fundamentalist camp and it is Kevin Bauder, Dave Doran, Tim Jordan, and NIU president Matt Olson that are holding the gate open and leading it in. All doubt has been removed on the bent of these men toward closing ranks with evangelicals. Is this a fundamentalism worth saving?
*See- Cogitations Stemming From the Central/Bauder Ethos Statement
**The reaction from Bauder and Doran to Al Mohler signing the Manhattan Declaration was to dismiss it as merely an “occasional inconsistency, single episode” (KB), merely “a wrong decision based on bad judgment.”(DD)