Editor’s Note: This was the keynote address at the annual Connect 316 Banquet held June 13, 2017, in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting. It was a tremendous address, gladly and enthusiastically received by those of us in attendance.
This is the full, unedited version of Dr. Hankins’ address in it’s entirety. We are taking a pause from our usual standard of articles ranging between 1,000-1,500 words, as I feel this address needs to be read in it’s completeness to allow you, the reader, to get the full force and context.
Let me begin this evening by offering a word of thanks to those of you who have given your support to the Traditional Statement, by signing it, by speaking up for it, or both. As I found out within the first few minutes after we made the TS public, affirming these beliefs vis-à-vis Calvinism sets one up for surprising levels of criticism and ill-treatment. By affirming the statement, you were, among other things, sticking your neck out for me. A special thanks to Rick Patrick and the leaders of Connect 316 for their encouragement over the years and for keeping the torch burning for Traditional soteriology. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Following the publishing of Mr. Richardson’s article by the Louisville Courier I contacted him regarding his personal experience and said article. I asked him what led to his writing the op-ed he stated that he was asked to write it as a kind of “point-counterpoint” to Dr. Mohler who was also writing an op-ed. He further told me that he only received one negative comment, which was from one professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Hershael York (which he provided us to also run), and that other professors and staff at Southern Seminary were in agreement with his article. Continue reading
Jack L. Richardson IV is a Louisville attorney and former Chair of the Louisville Jefferson County Republican Party, member of the Kentucky Republican Party Executive Committee. He is a former student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, former member of the Foundation Board at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently an associate of the foundation.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier. Jack Richardson IV has been gracious enough to give us permission to run this article.
Nothing sparks controversy and division faster than religion and politics and rightfully so because an error in either has profound consequences. This presidential election is an existential choice between freedom and a generation of ingrained and institutionalized corruption. There will be no redo in four years if we choose wrongly. Continue reading