Category Archives for SBC Issues

Colossians Against Calvinism

July 7, 2016

Dr. Michael A. Cox | Pastor
First Baptist Church, Pryor, OK

***Editor’s Note: Dr. Cox’s book, “Not One Little Child: A Biblical Critique of Calvinism” is available for purchase HERE.

Calvinism teaches that the human will has been so utterly destroyed by the sin of Adam that it cannot choose to place faith in Christ even if it wanted to do so. It also claims that certain humans are unconditionally elected by God for salvation, while all others are left unelected and have no hope of experiencing God’s grace. It further asserts that the atoning work of Christ on the cross is absolutely limited in its extent only to the elect. It additionally declares that God’s grace is completely irresistible for the elect. Continue reading

Vines & Draper Respond to Russell Moore

July 5, 2016

Dr. Jerry Vines | President
Jerry Vines Ministries

Editors Note:  This open letter was first sent to Baptist Press.  It is a letter written in response to Russell Moore’s Twitter comment (Click HERE) and is used here by permission.

We have been involved in Southern Baptist life for most of our lives. We are grateful for the opportunities to serve and minister in our Convention. At the same time, we have also witnessed and been involved in America’s political life. Though we never endorsed political candidates, as pastors and Southern Baptist leaders, we have sought to share our perspectives as to how Southern Baptist believers should evaluate the moral and spiritual issues during presidential election cycles. Based on biblical principles we trusted those to whom we ministered to use their brains and their hearts as they voted for political candidates. Such political campaigns can be times of strong emotion, spirited debate, excessive rhetoric and sadly, broken relationships. Continue reading

Of Unity and Foregone Conclusions

June 30, 2016

Dr. Rick Patrick | Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL

As I challenge the prevailing narrative arising from the recent Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, my remarks, though sincere and well-intentioned, will likely be misunderstood. This is regrettable and unavoidable. Just because something is difficult to say does not mean it should not be said. Perhaps my timing will be challenged. Could this not wait for another day? Yes, it could, but Barney Fife’s “nip it in the bud” philosophy is practically a core value of mine. Why allow a questionable notion to grow unchallenged for an extended period of time? Continue reading

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