Analyzing the Growth of Reformed Theology/Neo-Calvinism in the Evangelical Free Church of America: Texas – Oklahoma District

Today I am rolling out the results for the sixth district in The Wondering Eagle’s Neo-Calvinism project. These are the results for the Texas and Oklahoma District. I will now move onto the seventh district as I continue to calculate the rate of growth of Neo-Calvinism/Reformed theology in this denomination. Its my gut feeling that I will be writing about the theological hijacking of a denomination when this project is completed.

“Now comes the really amazing part. What is offered to the world, to everyone who hears the gospel, is not a love or saving achievement designed for all and therefore especially for no one; but rather, what is offered is the absolute fullness of all that Christ achieved for his elect.”  

John Piper

“The God of Romans 9–11 finds ways to show mercy, even when the facts clamor for judgment. This doesn’t sound much like Calvinism to me, but it does sound a whole lot like Jesus.”   

Austin Fischer

When asked what we believe is important, we pass out both the T4G’06 Affirmations & Denials Statement and the Cambridge Declaration of 1996.

How Evangelical Fellowship in Amarillo describes itself on the 9 Marks website

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[e] 12 Jew and Gentile[f] are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[g]
Romans 10:9-13
 

Before I get into this post which is the second of two posts by the way I want to define what is Neo-Calvinism which has a strong Neo-Puritan bent.

  • Neo-Calvinism has authoritarian leadership which has little if any accountability. For example I present issues with Mark Driscoll and C.J. Mahaney as an example.
  • It embraces a complementarianism  structure that is patriarchy centered.
  • Its rooted more in the Old Testament than the New Testament and deals with dominionism issues.
  • Views the church as the final authority and often avoids civil responsibility or accountability. For this example I would present Sovereign Grace and the Acts 29 network in how parts of it functions.
  • Election which is more of a determinism or fatalism.

Brad Sargent has a good list here, plus I also used that Tim Challies post in discussing John Piper. For further reference Roger Olson wrote a good post a while back that I will also link to in today’s post.

 

Neo-Calvinism in the Evangelical Free Church of America Project at The Wondering Eagle

At The Wondering Eagle I am going to undertake a massive project of which today’s post is the sixth installment. I am now moving on to the seventh district of the Evangelical Free Church of America.  This project will carry over for at least a year and I’ll have my work cut out for me. What I am doing is research and write about each district in the Evangelical Free Church of America.  To the very best of my ability I am going to find out which churches are Reformed/Neo-Calvinist and get some numbers to calculate the growth of Reformed Theology throughout the denomination. There are 17 districts and over 1,300 churches throughout the United States. At the end of this project I will use the numbers I have created and write a final post. Today I am unveiling the results from the Texas and Oklahoma District of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

I will unveil my numbers at the bottom of this post but to give you some understanding let me explain how I arrived at my numbers, or how I determined the baseline.

  • If a church is affiliated with The Gospel Coalition, Acts 29 or 9 Marks it is included on the list. A couple of examples are the Austin Oaks Church in Austin, led by Rob Harrell which is affiliated with The Gospel Coalition. Another Gospel Coalition affiliated church in this district is Faith Bible Church in McKinney, Texas. This church is led by Brad Banks. An example of a 9 Marks church is Cornerstone Community Church in Rosenberg, Texas which is led by Brent Burckart.
  • Other churches that are reformed but not affiliated with a Neo-Calvinist network are included. In these situations I examined the doctrinal statement or website to see what they said and came to the conclusion they are reformed.  An example of this is Elgin Evangelical Free Church which boasts of the 5 solas on their web page.
  • In other situations I examined the recommended resources to see what books the Senior Pastor is reading, consuming or pushing. For example  please look at the books being suggested by Justin Evans and Craig Curtis. There you will find Kevin DeYoung and Mark Dever promoted, that is what put Stone Oak Bible Church in San Antonio on the list of Evangelical Free which are Reformed or Neo-Calvinist.
  • In other situations in examining the website there was not enough information to go on, so I did not include them in the list. If there was reason to doubt, then I did. For example there are a couple of churches that did not have doctrine statements and explained what they believed.
  • Finally there were a couple of churches where I could not find the website. For example Cross Community Fellowship in Boerne, Texas and Cornerstone Community Church in Enid, Oklahoma didn’t have a website.  In those situations I put an asterisk next to that church name.

One thing I would also like to say, if there is any mistake in the analysis such as a church being listed as reformed when it is not, or when it is and I missed it; well I invite feedback and correction. Just email me at wonderingeagle261@gmail.com and I will correct it.  Also for the record I am neither Arminian nor Reformed, I am somewhere in the middle. The current crop of Neo-Calvinist leaders such as John Piper, C.J. Mahaney Mark Dever and their minions are deeply corrupt and I wouldn’t trust them to feed my goldfish. Also for the record if you want to read the problems with 9 Marks this is one of the most read posts at my blog. It’s called9 Marks : What is it? How Mark Dever Undermined it and Made it Absolutely Worthless.” That said, there are a couple of reformed people I respect such as Matt Redmond, and Wade Burleson. Having explained all that here is why I reject Reformed Theology. Reformed theology makes the problem of evil worse. Recently I wrote the following post in which you can read how the process goes.  “How Reformed Theology/Neo-Calvinism Makes the Problem of Evil Worse: John Piper, Adam Lanza and a Massacre in Connecticut.”  Neo-Calvinism/Reformed theology leads to a corrupt God, and it ultimately makes acts of evil as acts of worship if God foreordains every act, especially as there is no free will. It puts a whole new twist on situations from a shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut, to flying a 767 into 1 World Trade on September 11, 2001. It also removes accountability from people especially if the Lord foreordains every act. In short order you have determinism which is all John Piper is about. Recently I wrote a post about an Evangelical Free Church in California that is Calvinist that believed in sovereignty, until the State of California wanted to build a high speed railroad through the front door. In that post called, “The Church of the Canyons, The California High Speed Rail Project and my Question to Senior Pastor Bob Childress: Is the Lord Still Sovereign?” I also ask the question if Matt Chandler believes in the Lord’s sovereignty, or if he sinned when he sought medical treatment for his brain tumor? If the Lord ordains all things, that would include medical conditions as well. And no I am not trying to create shock value or be a troll, my father dealt with a brain tumor in his life. Its a hard and difficult question to ask.  I’ve written about the problem of evil here and how I found a working answer to it for me. In the process I also thank Pam Palmer and the other Sovereign Grace families who filed a lawsuit against C.J. Mahaney for teaching me as to how you deal with the problem of evil. Having explained all that below you will find all the churches in the Texas and Oklahoma District, a link to their website, and if they fall in the Neo-Calvinism camp.

Texas

  1. Living Word Evangelical Free (Pharr)
  2. Iglesia Palabra Viva (Laredo)
  3. Grace Bible Evangelical Free (Larado)
  4. Bayshore Bible Church (Corpus Christi)
  5. Community Bible Chapel (Pleasanton)
  6. Life Church of LaVernia (LaVernia)
  7. EFCA El Camino Bible Church (San Antonio)
  8. Mission Community Church (San Antonio)
  9. Vista Community Church (San Antonio)
  10. Alamo Stone (San Antonio) (Reformed – TGC)
  11. Communion Chapel (San Antonio)
  12. Enlace Cristiano (San Antonio)
  13. Northwest Community Evangelical Free Church (San Antonio)
  14. Hope Fellowship (Lake Jackson)
  15. Wayside Chapel Evangelical Free Church (San Antonio)
  16. Stone Oak Bible Church (San Antonio) (Reformed) 
  17. Northeast Bible Church (Garden Ridge)
  18. Cross Community Fellowship (Boerne)*
  19. Boerne Bible Church (Boerne)
  20. Galveston Bible Church (Galveston)
  21. Redemption Church of Houston (Houston)(Reformed)
  22. Harvest Point Fellowship (Pearland)
  23. Oak Creek Bible Church (League City)
  24. Trinity Fellowship (Friendswood)
  25. La Conexion Latina (Rosenberg)
  26. Cornerstone Community Bible Church (Rosenberg) (Reformed – 9 Marks)
  27. Three Rivers Community Church (Martindale)
  28. Friendship Bible Church (Kerrville)
  29. Hillside Fellowship (Spring Branch) (Reformed)
  30. Shine Bible Fellowship Church (Cypress)
  31. Restore Austin Church (Austin)
  32. Austin Oaks Church (Austin) (Reformed – TGC)
  33. Nueva Vida (Austin)
  34. Bastrop Bible Church (Bastrop)
  35. Grace Bible EFCA (Houston)
  36. The Bridge Montrose (Houston)
  37. Hill Country EFC (Fredericksburg)
  38. South Church (Fredericksburg)(Reformed)
  39. Fellowship Bible Church (Waco)
  40. Zion Church of Kurten (Bryan) (Reformed) 
  41. Hope Evangelical Free Church (College Station)
  42. Melvin Evangelical Free (Melvin)*
  43. Hope Bible Fellowship (Round Rock)
  44. Yegua Creek Evangelical Free (Elgin)
  45. Christ Community Church (Beaumont)
  46. Evangelical Free Church of Elgin (Elgin) (Reformed)
  47. Brenham Bible Church (Brenham)  
  48. Grace Evangelical Free Church (Allen)(Reformed)
  49. Oaks Hills Community Church EFC (Argyle)
  50. Generations Church (Fate) (Neo Cal)
  51. Grace Redeemer Community Church (Richardson)(Reformed)  
  52. The Table Community Church EFC (Forth Worth)
  53. Living Hope Church (Arlington)
  54. Anointed Fellowship Bible Church (Richardson)
  55. Lake View Community EFC (Cedar Hill)
  56. Believers Bible Church (Corsicana)
  57. Faith Bible Church (McKinney) (Reformed – TGC, 9 Marks)
  58. Evangelical Fellowship (Amarillo) (Reformed – TGC, 9 Marks)

Oklahoma

  1. Grace Bible Church (Pryor)
  2. Crossover Bible Church (Tulsa)(Reformed)  
  3. First Evangelical Free Church (Tahlequah)
  4. Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church (Enid)*
  5. Fellowship Bible Church (Fort Gibson)
  6. The Gathering of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City)
  7. Zion Church (Weatherford)

 

Percentages of the Texas – Oklahoma District Which are Reformed

Having done the research when I do the numbers there are a total of 14 churches in the Texas- Oklahoma District which are Reformed. When I do the math that means that 22% of this district is Neo-Calvinist/Reformed. 13 of the churches are in Texas and one is in Oklahoma. There are 3  churches affiliated with 9 Marks and as of this writing it appears as if none of these Evangelical Free are also Acts 29 churches. If I am wrong then I invite correction.

 

Churches that are Reformed/Neo-Calvinist in the Texas -Oklahoma District

  1. Alamo Stone (San Antonio) (Reformed – TGC)
  2. Stone Oak Bible Church (San Antonio) (Reformed)
  3. Redemption Church of Houston (Houston)(Reformed)
  4. Cornerstone Community Bible Church (Rosenberg) (Reformed – 9 Marks)
  5. Hillside Fellowship (Spring Branch) (Reformed)
  6. Austin Oaks Church (Austin) (Reformed – TGC)
  7. South Church (Fredericksburg)(Reformed)
  8. Zion Church of Kurten (Bryan)
  9. Evangelical Free Church of Elgin (Elgin)
  10. Grace Evangelical Free Church (Allen)
  11. Grace Redeemer Community Church (Richardson)
  12. Faith Bible Church (McKinney) (Reformed – TGC, 9 Marks)
  13. Evangelical Fellowship (Amarillo) (Reformed – TGC, 9 Marks)
  14. Crossover Bible Church (Tulsa)(Reformed)  

 

4 thoughts on “Analyzing the Growth of Reformed Theology/Neo-Calvinism in the Evangelical Free Church of America: Texas – Oklahoma District

  1. It puts a whole new twist on situations from a shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut, to flying a 767 into 1 World Trade on September 11, 2001. It also removes accountability from people especially if the Lord foreordains every act. In short order you have determinism which is all John Piper is about.

    Didn’t the guys who actually flew that 767 into WTC1 on 9/11/2001 also believe “the Lord foreordains every act” (as well as an Islamic version of Apocalyptism)? And they were just the instruments of God’s Foreordained Will?

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