Having explored at some length the reform decade of 2006-2015 in Southern Baptist life, including ten very specific reform measures, one is hard pressed to name a single major contribution that can be attributed to this shift. Certainly things have changed, but they have not changed for the better.
Once an anchor is hoisted, a ship can sail. The question is who, or what, is controlling the rudder? In America, it is clear to see that the rudder is no longer under the control of a Judeo-Christian ethic.
While Unitarians focus on the love of God, decretal theologians focus on the sovereignty of God. They see God’s sovereignty as His defining characteristic. All other attributes are to be understood through the prism of God’s sovereignty and that He decreed certain things from eternity.
Strong feelings call for strong words. Sometimes carnal Christians mistake passion for bigotry. A man or woman sitting on the fence looks over at the Man of God declaring truth on one side and calls him a “bigot” or a “Pharisee” because he has the courage to follow convictions.
For many years, Southern Baptists have been known for standing boldly against the rising tide of liberalism and political correctness sweeping America. Today, our approach sounds more like CNN than FOX.