Baptists have been debating the intent and extent of the atonement since almost the beginning of our movement. The recent popularity of Calvinism among conservative evangelicals—including many Southern Baptists—has helped make this historic debate a current family discussion.
The fact that God chose to reveal Himself more personally to Thomas was purely gracious, not required or necessary for a faith response.
The debate on inerrancy was over “What the Bible Is.” The debate over Calvinism is a debate over “What the Bible Says” — a question of interpretation rather than a debate over basic world view.
…why would one assume that God’s grace and power given to the apostles to reveal the MYSTERY OF CHRIST isn’t sufficiently understandable or believable?
…the natural man who deems the things of the Spirit foolish do so by their own free moral choice, not by compatibilistic compulsion imposed by Calvinistic philosophy