What the Southern Baptist Convention was Founded Upon & SBC Concerns

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"Will Calvinism Kill Evangelism?" ~Ernest C. Reisinger

 The Abstract Of Principles (Founding Document)

 "Election and Evangelism" ~ Robert B. Selph

 "Historic Southern Baptist Principles" ~Tom Ascol

 "Luther Rice on God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility" ~ Taylor

 "The Reformation of Doctrine and the Renewal of the Church"~Al Mohler
                               ( A Response to Dr. William R. Estep ) 

"Are Calvinists Hyper?" ~Tom Nettles

 "Southern Baptists at the Crossroads:  Returning to the Old Paths" ~Tom Ascol

"DON'T JUST DO SOMETHING; Stand There!" ~Al Mohler

 "A Southern Baptist Looks At The Biblical Doctrine Of Election" ~Ernest C. Reisinger

 The Baptist Confession Of Faith (1689 London) (Off Site)

Reformed Baptist Distinctives


Many people have asked me, "How can one be reformed and Baptist??  Isn't that an oxy moron?"  There seems to be much confusion over this issue, so I have tried to place some information here that would help clear up any confusion and also show that there is more than one view concerning "Covenant Theology".  You don't have to be a "Dispy" to be Baptist!

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"Contending for Truth in Love" (Baptist Distinctives) ~Tom Ascol

"Infant Baptism and the Regulative Principle of Worship" ~Fred Malone

"The Covenant of Circumcision: No Just Plea For Infant Baptism" ~W.T. Brantly

"Baptism" ~Charles H. Spurgeon

 "John Piper on Baptism" ~John Piper

FAQ on the Reformed Baptist View of Baptism (Off Site)

Reformed Baptist Distinctives Audio Messages

"Christian Baptism"(Colossians 2:11-12) ~Dr. Phil Newton

Series on God's Covenants:
Dr. Fred Malone

God's Covenants (Part 1):
"The Key to Understanding Scripture"

(Part 2 of this series is temporarily unavailable)

God's Covenants (Part 3):
"Baptist & Presbyterian Views"

God's Covenants (Part 4):
"An Overview of Galatians 3"

God's Covenants (Part 5):
"The Abrahamic Covenant -- Baptist Distinctives"

God's Covenants (Part 6):
The Sinaitic Covenant -Part I"

God's Covenants (Part 7):
The Sinaitic Covenant -Part II"

God's Covenants (Part 8):
"The Davidic Covenant"

God's Covenants (Part 9) :
"The New Covenant Part I-Theological Considerations"

God's Covenants (Part 10):
"The New Covenant Part  II--Its Elements"

God's Covenants (Part 11):
"Believer's Children and The New Covenant"

The Abstract Of Principles

When the original charter of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was adopted in 1858 it contained the following statement which constitutes as a part of the "fundamental laws." "Every professor of the institution shall be a member of a regular Baptist Church; and all persons accepting professorships in this Seminary shall be considered, by such acceptance, as engaging to teach in accordance with, and not contrary to, the Abstract of Principles hereinafter laid down, a departure from which principles on his part shall be grounds for his resignation or removal by the Trustees."

The Abstract Of Principles

I. The Scriptures.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

II. God.

There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

III. The Trinity.

God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

IV. Providence.

God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

V. Election.

Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life -- not because of foreseen merit in them, but of his mere mercy in Christ -- in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

VI. The Fall of Man.

God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

VII. The Mediator.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

VIII. Regeneration.

Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.

IX. Repentance.

Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

X. Faith.

Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.

XI. Justification.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.

XII. Sanctification.

Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God's word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.

XIII. Perseverance of the Saints.

Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XIV. The Church.

The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches he hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bishops, or Elders, and Deacons.

XV. Baptism.

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord's Supper.

XVI. The Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by his churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with him, and of their church fellowship.

XVII. The Lord's Day.

The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted.

XVIII. Liberty of Conscience.

God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful thing commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

XIX. The Resurrection.

The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God -- the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

XX. The Judgment.

God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.

The Baptist Confession Of Faith
(1689 London)

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