**This article was previously posted by Dr. Braxton Hunter on his website www.braxtonhunter.com and is used by permission.
Dr. Hunter is: former president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE), professor of apologetics at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana
Utter apathy! That was my feeling as I sat there running my index finger around the circumference of my plastic water bottle. To my right was Roy Fish, Professor of Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. To my left was a seasoned veteran of evangelism. Both of these well-dressed men seemed enthusiastic about the event. Both of them had previously been asked to serve in this same capacity many times. I had not. Why was I so disinterested? After all, this would be good for my career. It would look good on a resume. My own organization would get better exposure. Yet, in the midst of all of the fanfare, I was painfully bored. It was 2010 and the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE) was on the verge of electing a new president. At twenty-nine I was the second youngest member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s outreach arm of itinerant speakers. I should have been thrilled to be asked to speak. I wasn’t. Then it happened.
I would like to introduce someone to you all. Her name is Palma. Ms. Palma is a charter member of our church here in the Texas panhandle. She is a great 94 years young. She, along with several other ladies, decided that when the church built the new sanctuary, they would make the stained glass. These ladies hand made all the stained glass and did a masterful job. Their legacy is forever etched into the building of our church. When I started as Pastor here I went to visit Ms. Palma. She is a wonderful lady who loves to laugh. She lives in an assisted living facility in Perryton, TX, a good 30 minute drive from Darrouzett.
Thirty years before Particular Baptists were birthed in England, a group under the leadership of John Smyth and Thomas Helwys gathered in Holland for worship and fellowship—many of these brave Baptists would venture back to England. They are now known as General Baptists. Each group (Generals and Particulars) became known for their view of the atonement of Christ. The Particular Baptists held to a “particular redemption” or limited atonement. The General Baptists were more Arminian and held to a “universal” or general atonement by which Christ died for all sinners and those who believe in Jesus will be saved.