The posting of ”A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of the Plan of Salvation,” authored by Eric Hankins and others, has predictably drawn strong interest. It has been referenced in a recent Baptist Press article, multiple blog posts, and many dozens of posts in Facebook and other social media. SBC Today had over 12,000 visits the last few days, the original comments thread on this statement are now over 500 comments, and over 290 signees (including some key leaders from every level of Southern Baptist life). Because it has drawn such a high readership, we will leave it up for several more days.
The discussion comments thread has offered a good opportunity for discussing this document, but has become so big that it is unwieldy and difficult to follow. Therefore, we will archive the current posts (you can still read them here), and we will try to provide a little more structure for the continuing discussion. We will focus the discussion on each article of the statement, one by one, allowing comments on each article of the statement in order day by day.
Yesterday’s discussion thread was on the affirmation and denial in Article 1. You can continue commenting on it here. Today we are opening the discussion on the affirmation and denial in Article 2. Please confine your comments to the article being discussed that day, not general comments about the statement. Keep in mind that each of the affirmations and denials in the articles complement each other, just as they do in the Together for the Gospel statement signed and/or affirmed by some Southern Baptist leaders who embrace Reformed views, and in the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy affirmed by most conservative evangelicals.
We look forward to your comments on these theological issues!
– The Editors of SBC Today
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|Read A Commentary on Article 2 by Dr. Adam Harwood|
Discussion of Article Two of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”
Note: Today’s comments should focus on the affirmation and denial in Article 2. If you would like to comment on the statement as a whole, you may do so here. To comment on Article 1, do so here. To address another specific article, we’ll be focusing on each of the ten articles day by day in the next ten days, and you can make your comments at that time. Again, please limit your comments here to Article 2.
Article Two: The Sinfulness of Man
We affirm that, because of the fall of Adam, every person inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin and that every person who is capable of moral action will sin. Each person’s sin alone brings the wrath of a holy God, broken fellowship with Him, ever-worsening selfishness and destructiveness, death, and condemnation to an eternity in hell.
We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty before he has personally sinned. While no sinner is remotely capable of achieving salvation through his own effort, we deny that any sinner is saved apart from a free response to the Holy Spirit’s drawing through the Gospel.
Genesis 3:15-24; 6:5; Deuteronomy 1:39; Isaiah 6:5, 7:15-16;53:6; Jeremiah 17:5,9, 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-18, 5:12, 6:23; 7:9; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 6:9-10;15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:11-15