Remember that old-time preacher, Daniel? He had a choice about where he could go. He could quit praying and live in a safe place, or he could keep on praying and end up in the lion’s den. Of course, he chose the lion’s den. You know why? It’s safer to be in the lion’s den with God than out of the lion’s den without Him.
For me, these are sad days among Southern Baptists. At a time when we need to expand our ‘cooperative spirit’, it seems the divisive nature of mankind is running rampant among us.
As a Pastor (who is notoriously not-worried), I want to give a little advice to those who struggle fulfilling the instruction to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
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.
In order to have intrinsic meaning or purpose that is REAL a thing needs a designer. A hammer, for example, does not decide to be a hammer. Rather an inventor crafted neutral objects together and then declared the purpose of the new creation. It is a hammer. It is meant to put nail into boards.