”A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of the Plan of Salvation,” authored by Eric Hankins and others, has drawn strong interest in many social media and news outlets. The statement has been accessed over 30,000 times in the last few days. The discussions in SBC Today have evoked thousands of comments, with over 580 persons signing the document (including some key leaders from every level of Southern Baptist life). You can sign it also by following these directions.
To structure the discussion, we are focusing the comments on the affirmation and denial statement of one article of the statement at a time. Today’s discussion will address the Southern Baptist doctrines of grace in Article 5: The Regeneration of the Sinner. Keep in mind that each of the affirmations and denials in the articles complement each other, not unlike the Together for the Gospel statement signed and/or affirmed by some Southern Baptist leaders who embrace Reformed views.
Please confine your comments to the article being discussed each day, not general comments about the statement. If you want to comment on other things, follow the links to other discussion threads:
- About Article 1: The Gospel
- A Commentary on Article 1 by Dr. David Hankins
- About Article 2: The Sinfulness of Man
- A Commentary on Article 2 by Dr. Adam Harwood
- About Article 3: The Atonement of Christ
- A Commentary on Article 3 by Dr. David Allen
- About Article 4: The Grace of God
- A Commentary on Article 4 by Dr. Brad Reynolds
Thank you for your comments on these theological issues!
– The Editors of SBC Today
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Discussion of Article Five: The Regeneration of the Sinner in “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”
Note: As we discuss each article of the statement, today’s comments should focus on the affirmation and denial in Article 5. Please limit your comments here to Article 5.
Article Five: The Regeneration of the Sinner
We affirm that any person who responds to the Gospel with repentance and faith is born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a new creation in Christ and enters, at the moment he believes, into eternal life.
We deny that any person is regenerated prior to or apart from hearing and responding to the Gospel.
Luke 15:24; John 3:3; 7:37-39; 10:10; 16:7-14; Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:4-11; 10:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; 6:15; Colossians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18.