The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. It’s fair to say that the SBC’s theological discussions have a ripple effect throughout the greater evangelical world.
Back in May, a contingent of SBC leaders signed a statement intended to realign the denomination with the “traditional Southern Baptist” view of salvation and move away from a perceived trend towards Calvinism. You can read A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation on SBCToday.com.
While the statement has generated a lot of support, there has been pointed criticism as well. Critiques have included challenges against the proposed traditional Baptist view of salvation, suggestions of poor exegesis, and even claims of semi-pelagianism (a soteriological teaching suggesting that although humanity is tainted by sin, we still have the ability to cooperate with God’s grace of our own volition).
A Google search for A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation returns over 30,000 hits full of discussion and opinion from all over the theological spectrum. These include thoughtful analyses from leaders like Albert Mohler and academics like Roger E. Olson. The discussion is deep and complex.
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