Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Debating Calvinism in the SBC Just Got Serious

I wrote an article on SBC Voices about a Southern Baptist church that was denied entry into their local Southern Baptist association of churches because of its Calvinism. Now things are getting hot! The founders of the SBC were originally mostly Calvinists. Over time, they lost the majority and are now a minority. The Baptist Faith and Message, a statement of beliefs that most Southern Baptists hold to, doesn't take a stance one way or the other on the whole Calvinism issue. That's why I find it a shame that an association would deny membership to a church merely because of the church's convictions about God's sovereignty, election, and how grace is imparted.

Whether you're SBC or not, this is an interesting article that gives a window into the biggest debate within the Southern Baptist Convention.

Two new books (not from Southern Baptists), speak both for and against Calvinism, aptly titled For Calvinism by Michael Horton and Against Calvinism by Roger Olson. I'd suggest checking one or both of them out.

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