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.
At this Christmas season, may God remind us once again that we are all debtors to the unevangelized around the world, as Paul says in Romans 1:14. Emmanuel, God with Us, has come. His name is Jesus. How can we not give, go, and pray on behalf of those who have never heard the gospel?
You may think nothing you do will ever amount to anything for the Lord. You have no idea what God can do through you if you will commit your entire life to Him. Take the limitations off and the natural expectations down. Let God work and see what He is able to do. Lottie Moon is one of the greatest examples of what God can do as we surrender our lives to Him.
This is a tale of two countries. Southern Baptists want to reach them both. Why throw all our eggs in one basket while ignoring the other? Why honor the frontier mandate while neglecting the harvest mandate?
Some time ago I gave some unsolicited advice to the International Mission Board of the SBC as they sought a new president to replace Tom Elliff. David Platt was recently elected. I want to note the areas where the IMB followed (if inadvertently) my advice and where they didn’t.