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.
Hell is one of the most horrifying concepts in the Bible. For most of the 20th century there was little question among the people in the pews as to what the Bible taught on this tough subject. You don’t want to go to hell, because you don’t want to experience everlasting fire. Oh, by the way, there’s brimstone too.
I don’t really know how to describe the ways God moves in my life. Many times it happens through the Scriptures, sometimes through other people and at other times through circumstances and situations. There are also times I get impressions—at least, that’s the best way I can describe it. I really wish I could find a better word than “impressions,” but it’s as close as I can get.
Happy belated birthday Billy! We at SBC Today and Connect 316 are thankful for all of the souls that have been saved by God through your ministry! Thank you for all of the altar calls, the sinner’s prayers, and the sharing of the gospel with all of the whosoevers. Happy 96th Birthday!