Wayne Grudem is a Baptist After All!

Back on September 27, 2010, I wrote that I didn’t know Wayne Grudem was a Presbyterian.  Well, a number of commentators confirmed that he was (see here).

Well, according Why I Am a Baptist (I want to thank commentator Elnwood for point this out; see here), edited by Tom J. Nettles and Russell Moore, two Southern Baptists,  Wayne Grudem has a chapter titled A Baptist Because of the Bible.

Why I Am a Baptist was written back in 2001.  Grudem may have changed denominations since.  But I’m not aware of this.

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13 Responses to Wayne Grudem is a Baptist After All!

  1. Chris E says:

    He’s fairly solidly baptist – a position clear in reading his Systematic Theology.

  2. T.C. R says:


    For some reason, even after reading his theology, many of us still weren’t sure. 🙂

    • Chris E says:

      I see a lot of the questions arise because of his stance on church government – but it should be noted that Baptists apply these things differently; many Baptists end up lookin like Congregationalists with multiple elders, and a fair number of ethnic oriin Baptist churches have problems putting in place the congregational principle at all.

  3. Jon Hughes says:

    I like his systematic theology, and good to know that great intellects can be Baptists 🙂

  4. T.C. R says:

    |If you go back to the original post, that was the reason why people were questioning his baptistic credentials.|


    Which was a mistake to begin with.

    • Chris E says:

      .. but apart from that there is nothing that would be out of place in the 1689 London Baptist Confession.

      • T.C. R says:

        True. Keep in mind that the 1689 LBC is Calvinistic, while there were also General Baptists as part of this Baptist heritage.

      • Chris E says:

        Yes. Though Grudem is Calvinistic isn’t he? And there is a reasonably body of evidence to suggest that the General and Strict Baptists have completely different origins.

  5. T.C. R says:


    Yes, Grudem is very much a Calvinist. And yes, the debate continues as to the origin of even Baptists, not to mention General and Particular.

  6. Simon says:

    Grudem has got to be one of the most biased and extreme biblical scholars there is. I once heard a recording of him speaking on economic issues. Of course he thinks that “small government” is taught in the bible because God only requires us to pay 10% tithe. This obviously means that taxes ought to be that low. How ridiculous! This man, as do much of the evangelical right, come to scripture with their own ideologies and simply read them into scripture where they want. Just find a proof text here and a proof text there and you can justify just about anything in scripture. Systematic theology goes out the window when you have a strongly held agenda. Fundamentalists like Grudem recoil at the idea that Christians ought to help the poor etc. They forgot that Jesus taught about mercy and justice. Grudem is a fraud pure and simple.

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