Originating From a Secret Bunker Dug By William Hosea Holcombe and J.B. Gambrell Somewhere Off the Square in Oxford, Mississippi
“Calvinism . . . promotes unparalleled theological snobbery and querulousness.”
– Eric Hankins, 2017 Connect 316 Banquet
One of the complaints you most often hear about Calvinistic preachers, especially the younger ones, is that they tear churches apart – they gather together a group of followers then forcibly try to take over a church. Regrettably, I know this to be true. But I submit that the divisive nature of such tactics has more to do with immature zeal and/or hubris than Calvinist doctrine. Why? Because I’m hearing credible reports about some Hankinist preachers in the area, men who openly hold to the Traditional Statement, doing the same thing. They start by collecting a group of minions, then they attempt to impose their will on the church – from firing Calvinistic staff to alienating long-time members, even some who’ve supported the Traditional Statement themselves. My sources also indicate that at least one of these preachers was well on his way to tearing his church apart. But before that happened, he suddenly (and surprisingly to many) departed for greener pastures. Still, he left in his wake a church full of confusion, chaos, and resentment.
My point here is that such behavior, even snobbery and querulousness, is not exclusive (or inherent) to Calvinism. If that were the case, then these Hankinist preachers – who are by no means Calvinists – would not be doing the exact same thing.