Category Archives for Baptist Identity

Evaluating Missions Support Tricky

May 11, 2016

Dr. Rick Patrick | Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL

Twenty years ago, evaluating a Southern Baptist Church’s support for missions at the associational, state, national and international level was fairly simple—report the percentage of undesignated receipts forwarded by the church through the Cooperative Program and through their local association and you would have a pretty good idea if they were cooperating. Continue reading

Extensivism’s View of the Origin of Sin and God’s Offer of Salvation | Part Two

May 10, 2016

Ronnie Rogers | Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK

Click HERE for Part One.

The very thing that makes love so romantic, mercy so tender, compassion so endearing, marriage so enchanting, and commitment so noble is the reality that the person could have chosen to do otherwise. The groom could have loved another, but chose this woman; mercy could have been withheld, compassion denied, marriage rejected, and commitment forsaken. Defining free choice in a manner that excludes otherwise choice in the actual moment of decision is almost indistinguishable from animal instinct. The only differences are concepts like the experience of deliberation, which in reality does not affect the choice set by determinative antecedents any more than if one compares it to determined instinct. Continue reading

Extensivism’s View of the Origin of Sin and God’s Offer of Salvation | Part One

May 9, 2016

Ronnie Rogers | Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK

In my last article (Click HERE) on SBC Today, I explored Calvinism’s view of the origin of sin and salvation through the lens of their belief in compatible freedom and the “mysteries” that such a view generates. This article looks at Extensivism’s view of the same issues. In this article I use Extensivism (broadly) as encompassing all soteriological perspectives that see God’s love and salvation plan as provisioning salvation by faith for everyone, and this in contrast with Calvinism’s exclusive plan, which only includes some people—the unconditionally elect.[i] Continue reading

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