by Dr. Rick Patrick, pastor
FBC, Sylacauga, Ala.
Almost two years ago A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation was released. You may still view and sign the document today at the Connect 316 website. This Christmas, just try to decorate your sanctuary with tulips! When you see the beautiful poinsettias, let them remind you of these truths—God loves every single person on earth unconditionally and desires for all to be saved.
God desires all to be saved and has made a way of salvation in Christ for any person.
Fallen man inherits a sinful nature but is condemned only because of his own sin.
The substitutionary atonement of Christ is effective and available for every person.
God’s grace takes all the initiative in saving souls. Man’s free response is not a work.
Any who repent and believe are regenerated at that point, not before or apart from it.
In election, God saves people without predetermining their souls for heaven or hell.
God’s sovereign omniscience does not mean He causes human decisions about Jesus.
God gives to each person actual free will to accept or reject His call to salvation.
When one is saved, God promises to complete the process, sealing their eternal fate.
As we share God’s love, the gospel is the means of bringing any person to Christ.