Christianity Today Covers the SBC Calvinism Debate

Christianity Today Covers the SBC Calvinism Debate June 19, 2012

Just yesterday, Christianity Today published coverage of the recent debate over a statement on Calvinism:

A statement by a non-Calvinist faction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has launched infighting within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, and tensions are expected to escalate Tuesday as church leaders descend on New Orleans.

While the election of the denomination’s first African American president in its 167-year history will dominate the meeting’s headlines, water-cooler talk is sure to be fixated on a theological dirty word that, for the past two weeks, has spiked the blood pressure of theologians as much as it has Baptist visits to Wikipedia.

The May 30 document, “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” aims “to more carefully express what is generally believed by Southern Baptists about salvation.” But both Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler and George W. Truett Theological Seminary professor Roger Olson, in separate blog posts, said that parts of the document sound like semi-Pelagianism, a traditionally heretical understanding of Christian salvation.

Read the whole thing.  This is careful reporting on an important issue.  And please pray for the SBC, meeting this very week, that the convention will be biblically grounded to the core and will not sacrifice unity in the gospel.  Satan roams like a lion, and does not need any help in his work of devastation and disunity.

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