Even the idea of believing refers to individuals since only individuals can exercise faith; I do not see anything in the passage that would indicate that this “all” is restricted to something like all people groups, including some who can be saved. I do not think the passage even hints that this “all” is different from “all” including each person previously spoken of as under sin; of which “there is no distinction.” This understanding corresponds precisely with its usage before and in the following verses.
New Calvinism presents us with a duty and an opportunity to more carefully express what is generally believed by Southern Baptists about salvation. It is no longer helpful to identify ourselves by how many points of convergence we have with Calvinism. While we are not insisting that every Southern Baptist affirm the soteriological statement below in order to have a place in the Southern Baptist family, we are asserting that the vast majority of Southern Baptists are not Calvinists and that they do not want Calvinism to become the standard view in Southern Baptist life. We believe it is time to move beyond Calvinism as a reference point for Baptist soteriology.
Dr. Patterson shared with the messengers in June that on rare occasions, he has made exceptions for a few non-Christian students as president of Criswell College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and at his current institution. He estimated having done so four or five times in his nearly 40 years of academic administration. His hope with each exception was a desire to see these individuals understand the good news of Jesus Christ.
by Norm Miller Norm Miller is the director of communications and marketing at Truett-McConnell College. “In recent years, the effectiveness of our evangelistic outreach hasn’t made great strides in turning people to Christ — and in fact, we’re falling behind the rate of the population growth.” The sentence above comes from the back of […]