Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Apologetics and Youth Evangelism for Texas Baptists


Dr. Leighton Flowers has served as the Director of Youth Evangelism for Texas Baptists since 2003. In this position he oversees the statewide youth leadership training camp called Super Summer and the Youth Evangelism Conferences impacting thousands of teenagers with evangelistic messages, missions mobilization and discipleship training. Leighton also assists in the oversight of such ministries as Real Encounter School AssembliesSuper Summer GlobalHot Hearts and See You At The Pole, impacting people not only in Texas but all around our world.

In 2016, after completing his Doctorate, Leighton was named the Director of Apologetics for Texas Baptists. His doctoral studies focused upon the various soteriological perspectives within the Southern Baptist context and the development of resources to clarify the traditional non-Calvinistic soteriological interpretation of scripture. He now has a popular website and podcast dedicated to answering the difficult questions surrounding this complex and often controversial subject (www.soteriology101.com).

In addition to preaching on a wide range of biblical subjects, Leighton regularly travels to churches and ministry events to conduct seminars that specialize on soteriological apologetics. He has participated in debates with leading apologists and led training conferences for the BGCT Annual ConventionConclaveApologetic Conferences and the SBC Annual Convention.

Leighton earned a Bachelors Degree in Applied Theology from Hardin-Simmons University (1997); a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000); and completed his Doctorate in Ministry Leadership at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Leighton and his wife Laura have four children (Colson, Cooper, Esther and Caden) and live in North Garland just outside of Dallas where he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology and an Associate Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church of Richardson.

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  1. I recently watched your excellent youtube video on the issue between N.T. Write and John Piper, and how Piper declares that N.T. Wright’s gospel is “confused”. Please consider research on Robert Jay Lifton’s research on “thought reform”, which includes “Milieu control”. Consider John’s reference to Diotrephes. Consider Jesus’ statement to the teachers in Matthew 15:1-9. I believe Calvinism does indeed incorporate a form of Milieu control and group-think, which does assert a degree of control over a persons perceptions.
    Please consider researching this, and I would love to see your results published.


  2. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was just blown away by your clarity in your teaching on soteriology. I’ve never heard it explained in the manner in wich you did. I just finished watching your debate with dr. White and (again) it blew my sox off completely. Thank you so much for the clarity and dedication to the word. WOW!!!

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    Hope you have a great Wednesday🙂



  4. Hi Leighton, I this is my second attempt to send a comment, so sorry if this is sent twice. I wanted to thank you for your time and work on this subject. You have been a blessing brother. I wanted to share a thoughts to get your opinion on.

    I have found that most calvinists are molinists. When I share their perspective on the Fall, for example, I ask “did God causally determine Adam to sin or did Adam freely choose to sin?” They usually answer (reluctantly because of the buzzword “freely choose”) that Adam freely chose to sin, because otherwise that would make God the causal factor in humanities’ sin and sin-nature. Since they prefer God not be the author of human evil (and because it is not biblical) they usually say that Adam chose to sin (some admit that this is the only example of free will in the bible). Then I ask, “how is God still sovereign over the fall then?” Because God knew Adam would freely chose to sin in the Garden. Well, this is molinism: God knows what each free creature “would” freely chose in any given circumstance. This is not calvinism, it is molinism; and it seems to be the only way to logically reconcile God’s sovereignty with man’s free will. Calvinist’s seem to be rather obsessed with open theism in their anti-arminianist (or anti-traditionalist–I know they are not the same ;)) arguments, as if open theism is the only other option outside of determinism. They simply do not know about molinism; at least most of them. If I felt that I had to choose between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will then I would definitely 100% of the time chose God’s sovereignty; I would be a calvinist–and I think this is what many Calvinist feel they need to do. But there is not either/or. It is a both/and. Molinism makes that possible: we can have both free will and God can be completely sovereign.

    Thank you for your time and hard work. Keep up the good work! I am glad I am not the only one who hears contradiction after contradiction from the Calvinist. I think you are biblical and you approach these debates very biblically and graciously.


  5. THANK YOU. i came from a very perverse life of drugs and homosexuality, believing God made me this way filled with shame and condemned to hell, after i was saved i read in scripture that God loves the WORLD and does not desire for me or anyone else to perish,when i found out that many i have trusted in my church believed in this doctrine i became frustrated and felt betrayed. through God’s Holy Spirit and your clear and consistent teaching i did not leave my church, God used you to help me to love them, not judge them, we are in Romans now and i am unafraid because of you, thank you for going over and over the scriptures

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  6. I propose a pod cast where you limit very precisely the conversation, that is, by limiting what you say as an OSAS Arminian. Allow the Calvinist to say whatever he wants to try to turn you or defraud you, but you stand on the principle that in order to be saved (regenerated, born-again, new creation) a person must repent and believe in Christ to be converted: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted [regenerated], that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3.19). He will say you need to be irresistibly regenerated before you can repent and believe. Insist that the gospel of salvation is that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world and if the Calvinist rejects this they are going to Hell. He has given us sufficient grace to have the free choice (prevenient grace). If they reject that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world they reject God Almighty so that is why they refuse to repent and believe in Christ to be regenerated so they are going to Hell. If you want to be the objector and me the pin cushion I would be happy to be on your broadcast. The only thing I would add is Hitler is Calvinist because he claimed his Aryan race was irresistibly selected and the Jews were born for the gas chambers given no opportunity for salvation. What love is that? If it is evil for us to behave this way to others it is evil for this god of Calvinism.


  7. The Bible says repent and be converted so repentance and faith, and being humble, if they are the law then God is saying you can do these laws to be saved as the package and precursor of having faith, yet they are not works since faith and works are contrasted. We are saved by faith. Not all the time, but one time, is one time enough to be born-again by accepting the gospel of salvation for initial salvation. 


  8. Leighton,

    I just finished listening to your conversation with a young Calvinist. Great Job!

    I like how you relate Ephesians 2 to the Prodigal Son rather than to Lazarus. Here are a couple thoughts on Ephesians two that you probably have already seen (I haven’t yet heard your full thoughts on Ephesians 2).

    1) Paul said that when we were dead we “walked.” We all know that dead men don’t walk. This strongly argues against the idea that Paul has total inability in mind when he uses the death analogy.

    2) “By grace you have been saved, through faith.” In context the salvation referred to is assuredly being raised from the state of death to life in Christ. That happens “through faith,” just the opposite of what Calvinists teach. They say that you have to be raised to have faith. Ephesians 2 says that you have to have faith to be raised.

    Probably nothing new to you, but I saw this only after many years of reading Ephesians

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Hi Leighton,
    my name is Patrick I’m from North Carolina the reason I’m leaving the messages is on Romans 9, have you ever considered that Romans 9 is all about Matthew 3:11-12 John the Baptist says that Jesus Will baptize with the spirit and Fire in my opinion that means he loves one hates the other he loves to baptize people in the Holy Spirit but he hates to baptize them with fire .

    I have a question about baptism have you ever heard of a Doctrine where John the Baptist after baptizing Jesus water baptism ended.. just as Jesus said in Acts 1:4 for John baptized with water but I will baptize with the Holy Spirit specifying only John ..have you ever thought of the reason Paul was chosen to go to the Gentiles was because Peter made a mistake in acts 10 Peter should have never baptized the Gentiles in water because they already received the Holy Spirit .. with Galatians 2 where Paul opposes Peter.

    Thank you for taking my message you can reach me at 704-533-3345



    1. Patrick,

      This is a fascinating doctrinal conjecture that seems to rely completely on reading into the Biblical text what is never stated explicitly, and it overlooks clear Biblical teaching such as the following:

      Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .

      Without question, Jesus commanded his apostles (including Peter) to baptize their disciples.

      Acts 16:15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
      Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.
      I Cor. 1:14-16 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

      Paul clearly baptized at least some of his disciples, and never opposed the baptizing of any believer.

      Further, Paul never says he opposed Peter over the issue of baptism. The issue in Galatians 2 was justification by faith vs. legalism. We do not find any mention of baptism at all in Galatians 2. Why read into the text what is not there?

      Paul clearly opposes the supposition that believers must be circumcised. But not baptized.

      I urge you not to persist in this false belief. It would be an excellent idea to completely abandon this idea, since it seems totally contradictory to clear Biblical teachings. After two warnings, reject anyone who claims to be a brother and insists on unbiblical teachings. Keep the Gospel at the center, and baptism in its proper place. Cling wholeheartedly to Christ, and love Him above all.

      Blessings in Christ,
      Derek Ashton
      (I’m a Calvinist, btw)


  10. I am an OSAS Arminian. Do you recognize Arminius as saying never once did he ever teach a person can lose salvation?

    I like lots of the arguments of Leighton Flowers but I don’t like it when he says “preserverance” a conflation of perseverance and preservation.

    Persevering to me is works yet Calvinists use this term to mean they are irresistibly made to work to remain saved. But salvation is still not by works so they don’t make sense when they say that.

    Whereas OSAS Arminians believe in preservation of the saints. In other words, I gave my life to the God who keeps like John 10.28 for I don’t have the power to keep myself saved so that would not be the god I gave my life to (e.g. Remonstrants, Wesleyan, RCC).

    So Leighton believes in perseverance partly because he comes from the calvinist background, but I reject it. That is not to say we don’t grow in the faith and run the good race, but in terms of OSAS works can never do it whether it is irresistibly imposed or not.

    Also he says he believes in partial Total depravity. That is self-refuting.

    I believe what is happening is if a person believes a Calvinists is a brother in Christ then they make these conciliatory mistakes.

    Troy Brooks


    1. Troy,

      Your comment is a misrepresentation of the beliefs held by Calvinists. Calvinists teach that the true believer must (and will) persevere in faith; and the true believer must (and will) be preserved by God’s own hand in the grace and faith that save. Check the teaching of Calvinists on this point. They certainly do not teach what you have claimed, that we must persevere in works to be saved.

      My question is, in the OSAS Arminian and “traditionalist” Baptist view, why is the decision to believe 100% our own choice and then the decision to continue believing 100% irresistible (no longer our own choice)? What happens to our supposed Libertarian Free Will after we use it to get ourselves saved? Do we suddenly lose our freedom to choose as of the moment of regeneration? It seems to me the Wesleyans are more consistent on this point by allowing both our initial decision and our ultimate perseverance to depend on our exercise if LFW. Why are we initially free to choose damnation or salvation, but not finally free to choose apostasy or perseverance?


  11. This evening on Youtube I did a search for ‘Chosen…’ and found Prof. Flower’s short video “What Does It Mean To Be Chosen In Him?” This is such a well done, succinct video. I attend a Presbyterian Churches in America church. At a women’s study this week I said, “I need to put God’s kingdom first, I want to wake up in the morning and say “God, make me aware and available to share the gospel with someone today.” One young woman said, something to the effect that it’s Gods work and we really don’t have to do anything. I said we are commanded to “Go!” (make disciples of all men). A couple of others chimed in…I have searched and searched for a gospel centered church. I don’t want to go to a church with a pastor wearing a t-shirt and flip flops; I don’t want the music to be cheesy choruses sung over and over again ad nauseam; I don’t want ‘lights, camera, action!; relevancy;false humility; methods; programs and more programs. THIS CHURCH WAS IT! The gospel and only the gospel. And now this. I’ve dissected ‘predestined’ and ‘chosen’. I’ve looked more clearly at context in which the words are used and I think how did I miss this? I certainly don’t think that it’s my job to save anyone–God draws them, but he uses US–his Spirit in us to do that. I think of the parable in Matthew where the King says to call everyone to the wedding. But this short video it sums it up beautifully. Once I was blind but now I see. But now what? I almost feel like giving up on church altogether.


  12. Hi leighton,

    Galatians 1:14-16 speaks about Paul being set apart from the womb, called and that God was pleased to reveal his Son in him.

    Is this about election to salvation or what is this about? And what does set apart mean over here? And called?


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