Archive for June, 2012

An Interview with Emir Caner about Issues in the SBC

In this video, Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell College in Georgia, is interviewed by Joel Southerland of Talk SBC at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans. The interview addresses issues such as the election of Fred Luter as the President of the SBC, Caner’s perspective on “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” his perspective about how Baptists differ from classical Calvinists and Arminians, his support for the Sinner’s Prayer resolution adopted by a strong majority at the SBC, and his hope for traditional Baptists to have constructive dialogue with Calvinists within the SBC.

Steve Gaines on “The Sinner’s Prayer”

This is a video of Dr. Steve Gaines being interviewed by Joel Southerland on Talk SBC. The interview concerns the “Sinner’s Prayer” resolution approved by the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans this week, and the proper use of the Sinner’s Prayer in churches.

An Interview of Dr. Eric Hankins

This is a video interview of Eric Hankins by Joel Southerland on Talk SBC. The interview addresses Hankins’ views about “A Statement on Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” of which he is the primary author, and Calvinism in the SBC. Hankins is Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oxford, MS, and was the author of the recent “Sinner’s Prayer” Resolution that was approved at the recent New Orleans SBC convention.

SBC 2012 – Looking Forward In the Rearview Mirror



Note: SBC Today will be posting the reflections of some Baptists on the SBC 2012 in New Orleans. These reflections are by Brad Whitt, Co-Pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA


As I look through the window of my early morning flight out of New Orleans, I can see the Crescent City slowly pass out of sight. I have to admit it – I love New Orleans. I always have. Some of my fondest memories as a pastor have been times spent with other Southern Baptist pastors and laypeople in this town. My first convention as a pastor was here. The first convention that I was able to bring my wife to was New Orleans.  I have made many friends and spent several late nights around tables listening to my “heroes” talk of the early days of the Conservative Resurgence, and what it was like after we won “the Battle for the Bible.”

However, as I leave New Orleans I can’t help but feel a bit conflicted. I have a sense of excitement mixed with what can best be described as a sense of foreboding. There is something in my spirit that tells me that in spite of the election of my friend, Dr. Fred Luter, all is increasingly not well in my beloved convention.

Don’t misunderstand, I am very encouraged by the election of Dr. Luter. I’ve known him since I was a preacher boy and have been blessed by his preaching and committed Christian leadership in the face of tremendous trials. I’ve been challenged by the consistent ministry he has to young men in his church and believe that he will be a strong, stable leader for our denomination.

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Today’s Discussion Topic:
Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God
of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist
Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”

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Today’s Discussion Topic:
Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God
of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist
Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”

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 and the discussion of it have been accessed over 50,000 times and over 100,000 pageviews in the last two weeks. The discussions in SBC Today have evoked thousands of comments, with over 700 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 7: The Sovereignty of God. 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.

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:

Thank you for your comments on these theological issues!

The Editors of SBC Today


Click this link to see the full statement of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”
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A Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Soteriology SBC Today.pdf
Click this link to see the list of signers of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”
We welcome the signatures of all Southern Baptists who would affirm this statement. 

If you would like to add your name in affirmation of the statement, please email sbctoday@gmail.com, with the following:

Your Name, Ministry Position, Organization/Church, City, State

For example:
John Doe, Pastor (or Associate Pastor, Youth Minister, Deacon, member, etc.),
First Baptist Church, Anytown, TX
or
Joe Doe, Professor (or DOM, Evangelist, etc.), Seminary/College/Association,
Anytown, NC

We will be glad to add your name to this list of those affirming the statement!


Discussion of Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God 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 7. Please limit your comments here to Article 7.


Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God

We affirm God’s eternal knowledge of and sovereignty over every person’s salvation or condemnation.

We deny that God’s sovereignty and knowledge require Him to cause a person’s acceptance or rejection of faith in Christ.

Genesis 1:1; 6:5-8; 18:16-33; 22; 2 Samuel 24:13-14; 1 Chronicles 29:10-20; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Joel 2:32; Psalm 23; 51:4; 139:1-6; Proverbs 15:3; John 6:44; Romans 11:3; Titus 3:3-7; James 1:13-15; Hebrews 11:6, 12:28; 1 Peter 1:17