Recognizing that the simple and straightforward message of Scripture is that God loves everyone and truly desires for everyone to hear the gospel and be saved by faith in Christ leads some Calvinists like John Piper to postulate that God has a secret will in which He does not desire everyone to be saved. Continue reading
The membership requirements for a church to remain in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention are so weak that we run the risk of watering down our doctrinal standards in the areas of baptism and congregational polity. Additionally, one wonders if lax membership requirements, combined with generous church planting support systems and theological education tuition subsidies, might be attracting to our fold those who do not truly embrace our Southern Baptist principles and convictions. Can we honestly say that we are making more Southern Baptists when many of these so-called converts are actually BINO’s—or Baptists In Name Only?
*This article was originally published at Dr. Comer’s website A Living Faith and was used by permission.
In the spring of 1986 I was a sophomore at Mississippi State University and I was excited about the things God was doing in my life. I had been appointed to serve as a Baptist Student Union Summer Missionary in Northwest Pennsylvania in the upcoming summer. But before I could begin my summer mission work, there was still much to be done at school. There were tests to take, papers to write, and duties I had to fulfill. Continue reading