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R.G. Lee: “Eyes Upon Southern Baptists”

Office of Press Representative
Release 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 10
Southern Baptist Convention – 1950
No. 10

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS: EYES UPON SOUTHERN BAPTISTS

Robert G. Lee, President

Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee

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R.G. Lee, 1886 – 1978

Born in a log cabin in South Carolina, Robert Green Lee gave his life to Christ in 1898. At age 21 he went to work on the Panama Canal, and upon returning, enrolled at Furman University. His academic prowess garnered the offer of the chair of Latin at Furman. Declining the position, Lee answered God’s call on his life as a preacher and pastor.

Lee’s first pastorate was at Edgefield, South Carolina. This was followed by pastorates at First Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina; First Baptist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana; Citadel Square Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina; and finally, Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee, where he was succeeded by the late Dr. Adrian Rogers.

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A Selective Review and Critique of Whomever He Wills – Part 2C

David L. Allen

Matthew Barrett and Thomas Nettles, eds. Whomever He Wills: a Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy (Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2012), 401 pgs.


(Ed.’s note: What follows below is Part 2C. This follows Part 2B that appeared on Aug. 14.)

3) Non-Elect are not “Saveable.”

In Schrock’s third paragraph of footnote 13, he continues the “misrepresentation” charge and supports it by a lengthy quote from Wills’ review of my chapter. It should be noted that Schrock’s quotation of Wills has been somehow truncated when compared with the actual quotation in the original review. Having written and edited a few books, I am well aware that this kind of thing can inadvertently happen. I have inserted in brackets the missing words from the quotation so the reader can see the correct quote and get the full sense of what Wills is arguing.

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A Selective Review and Critique of Whomever He Wills – Part 2B

David L. Allen

Matthew Barrett and Thomas Nettles, eds. Whomever He Wills: a Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy (Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2012), 401 pgs.


(Ed.’s note: Dr. Allen’s “Part 2” is approximately 8,000 words in length. SBCToday will therefore publish Part 2 in 2,000-word (approximate) increments. These shorter installments will be signified thusly: Part 2A; Part 2B; etc. What follows below is Part 2B. This follows sequentially Dr. Allen’s “Part 2A” that appeared on Aug. 13.)

2) Dabney Misread.

Schrock cites my appeal to the negative inference fallacy, and my citation of Dabney. He says my point would be well-taken if these “bare positive statements” [texts which speak of the extent of the atonement “for His people” or “for the church.”] were all there was (80-81). Notice his next move. He follows by saying “However, these texts are but visible geysers forced to the surface by the power of God’s plan to save a particular people. As we will see below, the fountainhead of these verses is God’s covenantal relationship with His particular people” (81). Nothing here mitigates or refutes what I have said at all. Schrock footnotes J. Ramsey Michaels (Ibid.). He then quotes Michaels: “Most references to Jesus death in John’s gospel have to do with its benefits for believers, of Jesus’ own disciples, and are thus fully consistent with ‘particular redemption’ as the early English Baptists understood it” (81-82). Again, this has nothing to do with the price of tea in China. We are not talking about the benefits of the atonement being limited only to those who believe. All agree with that. Nothing in Michaels’ statement contradicts the notion of an unlimited atonement. Nothing in God’s covenantal relationship with His people, i.e., believers, mandates particular redemption either, but Schrock promises more on this later, so we will address this issue later as well.

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President’s Address

DR. RICHARD FULLER

Known as the “Prince of Preachers,” Richard Fuller (1804-1876) was elected SBC president in 1859-60. He baptized such people as Annie Armstrong and Joshua Levering. During the Civil War, he assisted foreign missionaries separated from the SBC Foreign Mission Board in Richmond by the fighting.

Born in Beaufort, South Carolina,  Fuller enrolled at age 16 at Harvard in 1820, where he excelled until tuberculosis forced him to leave school after little more than two years of study. His academic accomplishments caused the faculty to confer a degree anyway.

 

Message delivered May 10, 1861

Beloved Brethren: You require from me no expression of gratitude for the honor thus conferred upon me the second time. Were it proper, I could say much, for my burdened heart would, I know, be cheered by your sympathies. But there are times for brief speeches and vigorous action, and as I wish to impress the truth upon you, I will set the example.

Let me but utter this reflection: that, as we are in the midst of most exasperating time, so ought we to give the more earnest heed to ourselves, lest in any moment we forget the Spirit of Jesus, which ought to breathe in all our actions, and words, and feelings.

If any minor differences have unhappily insinuated themselves into this body, let the present strife and hostilities around us calm and heal these discrepancies and bind us more closely together. The world has never seen—Heaven has never wept over—a more mournful phenomenon than that now exhibited (I grieve to say it) at the North, where not only politicians and bad men, but Christian editors, and pastors, and churches are breathing out slaughter inciting to fury passions already terribly inflamed and seemingly thirsting for fratricidal carnage. Let us watch and pray, lest we forget the example and Spirit of Him who taught us to ‘bless them that curse us and ‘do good to them that hate us and despitefully use us.  As we hear the ministers and churches of the Prince of Peace crying out for food, let us exclaim, ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’; let us say, ‘Into their secret, my soul, enter not thou; into their assemblies, mine honor, be thou not united.’

Above all, let these alarms and perturbation elevate our thoughts to that other world whither we are hastening, and with which we have more to do than with this present evil world; let me inspire us with more earnest aspiration for that rest which remains for the people of God, and into which we shall soon enter.

 

A Commentary on Article Nine:
The Security of the Believer, of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan for Salvation”

By Johnathan Pritchett

 


Article 9: The Security of the Believer

We affirm that when a person responds in faith to the Gospel, God promises to complete the process of salvation in the believer into eternity. This process begins with justification, whereby the sinner is immediately acquitted of all sin and granted peace with God; continues in sanctification, whereby the saved are progressively conformed to the image of Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit; and concludes in glorification, whereby the saint enjoys life with Christ in heaven forever.

We deny that this Holy Spirit-sealed relationship can ever be broken. We deny even the possibility of apostasy.

John 10:28-29; 14:1-4; 16:12-14; Philippians 1:6; Romans 3:21-26; 8:29,30; 35-39; 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 1:21-22; 1 John 2:19; 3:2; 5:13-15; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 13:5; James 1:12; Jude 24-25

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