I have been spending much time with a most peculiar church in my town, namely The Russian Evangelical Baptist Church. It is an enclave made up of family & friends & acquaintances that were allowed to leave Russia (about the time of Gorbachev). I say Russian because that was the ruling government at the time & they imposed their language & culture & politics on these people which are mostly Latvians, Moldavians, Ukrainians, Estonians, etc. And I must stress that they are a persecuted people.....the pastor was imprisoned for preaching the Word & had to flee to the USA because they were threatening his life. Here is my findings & please feel free to elaborate & provide correction & any additions if you have experience with these people. note they are very large in Sacramento California but they do have a presence in other areas of the country. 1. they are by in large Arminian & they believe they can loose their salvation. 2. havent seen any alter calls during my visits, nor do i find "Born Again" thinking & believe as prevalent. 3. Pietism is practiced and stressed. They have a fervent devotion to Christ which is more interested in personal experience than biblical doctrine. Indeed they stress a Synergistic approach to God that reminded me allot of my own catholic upbringing. They even kneel when prayers are said. As a Monergist, I am concerned with their preference .....that not even a warm spirituality cannot be sustained without a solid basis in theology. I fear that in the absence of a coherent doctrinal framework, that these Pietists will become tomorrow's liberals.....very much like many Catholics have become. Do you think that these churches will become the launching pad for a future liberal population? Lord, I sincerely hope & pray I am wrong.....Liberals are the kill bullet to solid government.