What is a Baconist?

Why I’m a Baconist

I hate labels, and in the Christian faith, there are tons of them. If you don’t believe me, drive down any hometown main street. Count the different churches you find. Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God, Presbyterian, I bet there is a lot. If you listen to the Laymen’s Cup, and if you don’t you should, you would know that very early on I argued, a lot. Until Kemp spoke to me and said as plainly as he could “Shaun, you don’t like being put in a box.” He was right. If I’m going to be labeled, I want it to be as Christian who speaks the Gospel. That’s it. After years of searching, I finally found a label that I can get behind. Here it is, I’m a Baconist. After tasting the savory saltiness of this great theology, I’m diving in. Like a fat kid at the summer pool, I’m going deep. I’m a full blown, 5-point Baconist. What is a “Baconist?” Like every good theology, Baconist has an acronym for what they believe. Naturally, it is “BACON.” Let me go into detail.

 

B – Bad People.

 

This is what we Baconists like to call “vegetarians.” All of us, at some point, were vegetarians, but if you are reading this, I bet you have been called out of that life, and into the glories of the meat of it all, Christ. The enlightenment did not do us a favor. After the enlightenment period, people were convinced that we were naturally good people. We are good people, who went bad. The problem with that way of thinking is that it is bad theology. We are bad people, who sin. Paul explains in Romans that through Adam, we have inherited sin or “vegetarian” theology. What the Bible says is this; “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” Romans 5:12. Through Adam, we are all guilty of sin, if that isn’t enough, we also sinned, therefore, we are also guilty of our own sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. There it is; we are all naturally bad people.

 

A – Already Elected.

 

We Baconists believe in election. This is one of the most debated topics of this theology. We know from the “B” that all people are bad. Therefore, no one can choose God, because we are naturally enemies with him. (Romans 3) In the Scriptures we see God choosing a people for his glory. Early in the Bible, Genesis, in fact, we see God choosing his elect. Two sons, born twins. The oldest, Esau, was to inherit a birthright from his father, one that would carry on the line of Abraham. Instead, what do see? God chose the younger, Jacob. Why? Because he’s God and he can do whatever he wants. Is it fair? Yes, because it was God who did it.

Let’s move to the New Testament. Paul, I know I already used him once, but he’s kind of a genius, clearly states in Ephesians the doctrine of Election. In the first chapter, he used words like “chose,”  What is a Baconist“predestined,” and “adopted.” Look up Ephesians 1:4-5. Then go to Chapter 2. He starts off saying “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins.” Paul is telling his Ephesian brothers what their condition was before Christ. Dead! That’s strong language. How can a dead man choose God on their own? Again, go back to Romans 3. Paul gives the answer in verse 5 “even when we were dead (there is that strong language again) in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”  God, through his son, made us alive. Why, again, because he’s God.

 

C – Completely Atoned for.

 

Oh, how atonement reminds me of the crispiness of beautiful bacon. Atonement is when a wrong has been made right by a good. What does this mean to a Baconist’s life? We are sinners, and through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can be forgiven. This means we can be atoned for our sins. As a Christian, I know that my sins are completely atoned for. When Jesus was on the cross, he said: “It is finished.” (John 19:30) All of my sins are completely atoned for. There is this caveat, though. Not everyone’s sin is forgiven. There are people, who will die without Christ, and they will pay for their sins in hell. While this is most unfortunate, this is the truth. We have a just God, and people will pay for their sins. Therefore, this atonement is not for everyone.

 

O – Overwhelmingly Called

 

To understand this part of the Baconist theology, you must go back to the “B – Bad people.” Think of limp bacon, no matter how you cook it’s bad. If we are in fact, bad, or limp bacon, then how can we call on God? It’s simple, we cannot. Look at what Romans 3 says about calling on God, seriously, go, I’ll wait. Did you pick up on verse 10, how about 11 and 12? It seems pretty clear to me, that in our fallen state, we cannot call on God. How does one come to faith then? It is through God’s call and election. If we are called, we cannot say no. God makes us alive from a dead state. (Eph 2:1-5) Once we are alive then we follow God out of obedience. Now, go look at John 6:39-40. Don’t get lazy on me, go. You see, God has called, Jesus provided grace, and now all that are elected will be a part of the body.

 

N – Never Falling Away

 

As a Baconist, this is my favorite. Have you ever tasted great bacon? Thick bacon with a hint of smoke. Cooked so well, it crumbles when you take a bite? Well, that’s what “N” is for to the Baconoists. We’ve cooked up the meat of the argument, now it’s time to dig in. We were bad people, who through election were made alive, our sins were atoned for by his calling alone. Now, as children of God, we will not fall away. I use one passage on this subject, even though all of Scripture attests to this. Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate is from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” How can you not smile with joy when you read this passage? Listen, brothers and sisters, God is not going to suffer for our sake, call his enemy to life, adopt you as his own child, and then abandon you. That’s not in his nature. He is love, and being love, he is complete. He has done all the work to bring us to salvation, and his work is able to sustain us.

 

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