Editorial Introduction: Baptist Theology & Polity -- By: Steve W. Lemke
JBTM 5:2 (Fall 2008) p. 3
Editorial Introduction: Baptist Theology & Polity
Affirming Baptist Distinctives
How important are the distinctive beliefs of Southern Baptists? At the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, we believe that standing strong on our core beliefs is crucial not only in maintaining our Baptist identity, but also in remaining faithful to the Scriptural teachings which are the source and authority for these distinctive doctrines.
We believe that Baptists stand for vital and distinctive truths, to many of which other denominations do not adhere, and that we cannot compromise these truths without disloyalty to the Scriptures and our Lord. We believe that we should co-operate with other denominations insofar as such co-operation does not affect these truths, but no union with them is possible, except on the basis of acceptance in full of the plain teachings of the Word of God.
The Articles of Religious Belief were written in an era which took Baptist distinctives very seriously, as was evidenced in the classic work edited by J. M. Frost and published in
What are the pressure points that could lead to compromising Baptist identity? Two of the key issues that have arisen recently which could possibly lead to a blurring of Baptist distinctives are the lean toward Reformed perspectives and th...
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