This is a video interview of Eric Hankins by Joel Southerland on Talk SBC. The interview addresses Hankins’ views about “A Statement on Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” of which he is the primary author, and Calvinism in the SBC. Hankins is Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oxford, MS, and was the author of the recent “Sinner’s Prayer” Resolution that was approved at the recent New Orleans SBC convention.
In an interview with SBCToday.com, Florida pastor Dr. Tommy Green related why he signed “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.”
“First of all, I signed the statement not because of any political or divisive reasons. Nor did I affix my signature in an effort to be argumentative or elitist,” said Green, pastor of FBC Brandon, Fla.
Green also serves on the Florida Baptist Convention’s State Board of Missions, is former president of the Florida Baptist Convention, and has concluded in 2012 two consecutive terms as a trustee of Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky., where he served as chairman for two years.
“I signed the statement because I believe it is representative of biblical salvation,” Green said. “It is consistent with my preaching, my teaching, and my personal faith and practice in ministry as I understand the Scripture, and is also consistent with the leadership I try to exert as a pastor.”
SBC Today: What do you think are the greatest challenges confronting the SBC?
Ken Keathley: For all the changes the SBC and the nation are experiencing, the greatest challenge is still the same: reaching the lost with the gospel. We are not a denomination in the traditional sense of the word. The SBC and its entities exist for the sole purpose of enabling Baptist churches to collectively obey the Great Commission. People without Christ are lost. They are not simply prospects. They are persons for whom Christ died.
SBC Today: What do you see as the greatest opportunities opening to the SBC?
Ken Keathley: We are quickly losing the cultural comfort of being the largest religious group in the Bible Belt. The social environment of the nation as a whole is becoming much less friendly to the Gospel and scriptural norms. However, I believe this is also a time of opportunity. During the 20th century, cultural dominance in the rural south caused Southern Baptists to be rather careless in a number of crucial areas. We became shallow theologically and sloppy methodologically. The distressing direction that America is headed in is now forcing us to walk against the grain. But that means we have the opportunity to present Christ in a clear and definitive way. Society as a whole is rejecting our Christian heritage, but I can’t think of a better time to do one-on-one evangelism.