Category Archives: Doctrine of Salvation

Good News from the SBC

Many others have noted the historic news of the election of the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Fred Luter.  I wish I could have been there to witness history in the making. But for this post, I … Continue reading

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The “Traditional Statement” and the Creator-Creature Distinction

The recent document, “A Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” (hereafter “TS” for “Traditional Statement”) provides us with a good opportunity to examine hidden presuppositions that affect our way of doing theology, particularly with regard … Continue reading

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And John Cassian said, “Amen.”

In a defense of the “Traditional Statement” on Southern Baptist soteriology, Paige Patterson recently said the following: “We are obviously not semi-Pelagians. We do believe that the entire human race is badly affected by the fall of Adam. However, we … Continue reading

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Seeking Clarity: The Conversation Continues

I am glad to see the gracious tone of a conversation that has arisen concerning “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.”  Albert Mohler respectfully submitted this response, to which Jerry Vines has now … Continue reading

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Semi-Pelagianism and the Southern Baptist Convention

Before I unpack the point of this post, a few definitions are in order. Pelagianism, a view named for the ancient heretic Pelagius, is a heresy that affirms that Adam’s sin has not affected the human race in any way … Continue reading

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How Shall We Kill Sin?

John Owen’s classic The Mortification of Sin includes these words in the preface, where Owen explains why he chose to publish the work: This was seconded by an observation of some men’s dangerous mistakes, who of late days have taken upon … Continue reading

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Incarnation

Just as, in aeons past, the divine fiat pierced the silent abyss of nihil and actualized all that is . . . Just as the holy voice heralded, not just a, but the beginning, and it was so . . … Continue reading

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The Good News of the Resurrection

Growing up in a typical Southern Baptist church, I was taught from a very early age that Jesus died to take the penalty for my sins so that I would not have to face that penalty, and thus God could … Continue reading

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Bell in the Dock, Part 8

“For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely. They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” … Continue reading

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Bell in the Dock, Part 7

This will be the last chapter overview and critique that I will provide before summing up my conclusion in the Part 8 of this series.  Bell’s book actually has 8 chapters, but the last one is little more than a … Continue reading

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