Savability: Southern Baptists’ Core Soteriological Conviction And Contribution -- By: Eric Hankins
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Savability: Southern Baptists’ Core Soteriological Conviction And Contribution
Eric Hankins is Pastor of First Baptist Church, Oxford, Mississippi. He is the primary author of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.”
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in
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Christian world what we understand to be the basis for the sustained cooperative kingdom reach that is unique to us. Moreover, because the SBC is being challenged by the threats of fragmentation and decline, it is needful to understand clearly what it is about our identity that should be maintained as we seek to make our message meaningful in an ever-changing world.4 Finally, because no theological paradigm is perfect or eternal, ours needs to be publicly articulated so that it may be evaluated, improved, and retooled for future generations.
Within the broad sweep of systematic theology, soteriology has been the most contested doctrine over the last fifteen hundred years. While Calvinism and Arminianism have dominated the discussion within Protestantism, neither system has prevailed in Southern Baptist life.5 The contention here is that our reluctance to identify with either system is actually a clue to our effectiveness: we believe very simply but very deeply that anyone can be saved and, o...
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