New Book: “Anyone Can Be Saved!”

by David Allen

by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Anyone Can be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology

(Wipf & Stock, 2016)

Anyone Can Be Saved articulates a biblical-theological explanation of the doctrine of salvation in light of the rise of Calvinistic theology among Southern Baptist churches in the United States. Ten scholars, pastors, and leaders advocate for the ten articles of the Traditional Statement by appealing to Scripture, the Baptist Faith and Message, and a variety of biblical, theological, and philosophical writings.

Although many books address the doctrine of salvation, these authors consciously set aside the Calvinist-Arminian presuppositions that have framed this discussion in western theology for centuries. The contributors are unified in their conviction that any person who hears the gospel can be saved, a view that was found among earlier Baptists as well as other Christian groups today. This book is not meant to be the final word on Southern Baptist soteriology, but is offered as a peaceable contribution to the wider conversation on the doctrine of salvation.

Endorsements & Reviews

Anyone Can Be Saved critically underscores the world’s mission efforts. This book shows why God’s sovereignty is left unaffected by the doctrine of the freedom of man and establishes the regeneration of the sinner as a result of repentance and faith. David Allen’s chapter, ‘The Atonement of Christ,’ is again, in my estimation, an unanswerable argument for anybody who takes the Great Commission as a serious mandate from God. This book is essential reading.”

–Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

“At last a scholarly treatise of soteriology that clearly defines salvation as held and believed by the vast majority of Southern Baptists. I am so grateful that all are savable. I will keep this book close in order to pass it on to lots of seekers of truth. Thank God, Jesus saves all that repent and believe the gospel.”

–Johnny Hunt, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock GA; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

“American Evangelicals have long required a presentation of personal salvation regulated neither by dogmatic Calvinism nor its venerable combatant Arminianism. However, this requisite system must also be permanently grounded in Scripture while manifesting roots in Christian history, philosophy, and experience. Anyone Can Be Saved dares and succeeds in explicating a traditional Baptist soteriology that offers all Evangelicals just such a thoughtful, worshipful, and fruitful way forward. Highly recommended!”

–Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Author of God the Trinity; Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Robert Vaughn 03-10-2016, 12:02

This blog post mentions that “Ten scholars, pastors, and leaders advocate for the ten articles of the Traditional Statement…” The Wipf and Stock page only mentions the three editors (David L. Allen, Eric Hankins, Adam Harwood). Who are the other seven writers?


Adam Harwood 03-10-2016, 18:08


Bios of the other seven contributors are listed on this book announcement at my site:


Robert Vaughn 04-10-2016, 19:17


Robert Vaughn 05-10-2016, 08:40

BTW, I hope Ronnie wrote about Extensivism rather than Traditionalism. :-)

EV Pope 03-10-2016, 15:57

The Traditionalist View from less than a decade ago.

Let that sink in

Adam Harwood 03-10-2016, 18:10

You have been misinformed. I hope you will take the time to read the book.

Paul 04-10-2016, 18:58

Will this book be coming out on Kindle?


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