I join most of Christendom in celebrating the spread of the gospel through the planting of Bible believing churches—whether Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Charismatic, Non-denominational or of any other affiliation. But when it comes to the type of church plants I wish to financially support through the Cooperative Program and special offering gifts, my strong preference is to establish churches profoundly committed to the traditional practices and beliefs of the Southern Baptist Convention.
By this I mean churches committed to a “Billy Graham” type of salvation doctrine, a congregational type of polity, a view of God’s love that is unconditional, a view of the atonement that is unlimited, and a mission strategy that prioritizes the harvesting of souls in regions receptive to the gospel while still seeking to push back the frontier of lostness in regions that are not at all receptive. Continue reading
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Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is the rise of a movement called “New Calvinism” among Southern Baptists. This movement is committed to advancing in the churches an exclusively Calvinistic understanding of salvation, characterized by an aggressive insistence on the “Doctrines of Grace” (“TULIP”), and to the goal of making Calvinism the central Southern Baptist position on God’s plan of salvation.
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If sharing the good news with the non-elect is a vacuous offer (cannot actually be received or worse yet, add to that Christ did not even die for their sins), and such reality is intentionally elided by guarded language so that the listener consistently leaves with a different understanding of the offer than that which truly exists. And such understanding is not due to the ineptness of the listener, but rather to the esoterically sophisticated presentation, and this to the point that the conclusions of the hearer are irreconcilably contrary to Calvinism’s full understanding of the gospel including precisely what options actually lie before the non-elect lost and what they can really do about them, then it seems to me something far less noble than a good faith offer is present. Continue reading