For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ROMANS 1: 16

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SBCToday.COM / An Introduction to “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation" 01.06.2012
Posted: 01 Jun 2012 04:08 PM PDT
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The posting of ”A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of the Plan of Salvation,” authored by Eric Hankins and others, has predictably drawn strong interest. It has been referenced in a recent Baptist Press article, multiple blog posts, and many dozens of posts in Facebook and other social media. SBC Today had over 5,500 visitors yesterday, the comments thread on this statement are now over 450 comments, and over 180 signees (including some key leaders from every level of Southern Baptist life). Because it has drawn such a high readership, we will leave it up for several more days.
The discussion comments thread has offered a good opportunity for discussing this document, but with over 400 comments, it has become so big that it is unwieldy and difficult to follow. Therefore, we will archive the current posts (you can still read them here), and we will try to provide a little more structure for the continuing discussion. We will focus the discussion on each article of the statement, one by one, allowing comments on each article of the statement in order day by day. So, we will have discussion of Article 1 today and Saturday, Article 2 Sunday, Article 3 Monday, etc. You’ll be able to continue discussing these articles individually, but the main discussion will focus on a new article of the statement each day.
If you would like to discuss the document as a whole, you can continue making comments in the current discussion thread here. Otherwise, please confine your comments to the article being discussed that day, with its pair of affirmations and denials.
Just a reminder about the format of the statement for both advocates and critics of the statement:  keep in mind that each of the affirmations and denials in the articles complement each other. This statement mirrors in many ways the format and subject matter of the Together for the Gospel statement signed and/or affirmed by some Southern Baptist leaders who embrace Reformed views, and that of the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy affirmed by most conservative evangelicals. In this format, then, it would be inappropriate to either affirm or critique a point in an affirmation if it is denied in the denial paired with that affirmation. The affirmation and denial stand together in this format, so it would be unhelpful in the discussion to divide them.
Whichever side you find yourself on these issues, thank you for your comments on this statement. It is better to address issues that we face than to pretend that they don’t exist. Your contribution to the discussion helps us to understand your position more clearly. Hopefully, this discussion will aid us in correcting mistaken perceptions about each other, and move us toward finding more constructive paths of working more cooperatively into the future.
The Editors of SBC Today

An Introduction to “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation
by Dr. Eric Hankins, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Oxford, Mississippi

The following is a suggested statement of what Southern Baptists believe about the doctrine of salvation. Compiled by a number of pastors, professors, and leaders in response to the growing debate over Calvinism in Southern Baptist life, it begins with a rationale for such a statement at this time, followed by ten articles of affirmation and denial.  The goal was to create a statement that would accurately reflect the beliefs of the majority of Southern Baptists, who are not Calvinists. The concern of the developers of this statement was that the viewpoint of this majority was not well-represented by the term “non-Calvinist” and that an instrument was needed by which that majority might articulate positively what they believe vis-à-vis Calvinism. There is no thought that this document reflects what all Southern Baptists believe or that it should be imposed upon all Southern Baptists. We believe that it does reflect what most Southern Baptists believe for good, biblical reasons. Its purpose is to engender a much needed Convention-wide discussion about the place of Calvinism in Southern Baptist life.
If this Statement is reflective of your understanding of the doctrine of salvation in the life of the Convention, we would love for you to add your endorsement. To do so, see the instructions at the end of the statement and list of signers.

A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of
God’s Plan of Salvation
Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is the rise of a movement called “New Calvinism” among Southern Baptists. This movement is committed to advancing in the churches an exclusively Calvinistic understanding of salvation, characterized by an aggressive insistence on the “Doctrines of Grace” (“TULIP”), and to the goal of making Calvinism the central Southern Baptist position on God’s plan of salvation.
While Calvinists have been present in Southern Baptist life from its earliest days and have made very important contributions to our history and theology, the majority of Southern Baptists do not embrace Calvinism. Even the minority of Southern Baptists who have identified themselves as Calvinists generally modify its teachings in order to mitigate certain unacceptable conclusions (e.g., anti-missionism, hyper-Calvinism, double predestination, limited atonement, etc.). The very fact that there is a plurality of views on Calvinism designed to deal with these weaknesses (variously described as “3-point,” “4-point,” “moderate,” etc.) would seem to call for circumspection and humility with respect to the system and to those who disagree with it.  For the most part, Southern Baptists have been glad to relegate disagreements over Calvinism to secondary status along with other important but “non-essential” theological matters. The Southern Baptist majority has fellowshipped happily with its Calvinist brethren while kindly resisting Calvinism itself. And, to their credit, most Southern Baptist Calvinists have not demanded the adoption of their view as the standard. We would be fine if this consensus continued, but some New Calvinists seem to be pushing for a radical alteration of this long-standing arrangement.
We propose that what most Southern Baptists believe about salvation can rightly be called “Traditional” Southern Baptist soteriology, which should be understood in distinction to “Calvinist” soteriology. Traditional Southern Baptist soteriology is articulated in a general way in the Baptist Faith and Message, “Article IV.” While some earlier Baptist confessions were shaped by Calvinism, the clear trajectory of the BF&M since 1925 is away from Calvinism. For almost a century, Southern Baptists have found that a sound, biblical soteriology can be taught, maintained, and defended without subscribing to Calvinism. Traditional Southern Baptist soteriology is grounded in the conviction that every person can and must be saved by a personal and free decision to respond to the Gospel by trusting in Christ Jesus alone as Savior and Lord. Without ascribing to Calvinism, Southern Baptists have reached around the world with the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. Baptists have been well-served by a straightforward soteriology rooted in the fact that Christ is willing and able to save any and every sinner.
New Calvinism presents us with a duty and an opportunity to more carefully express what is generally believed by Southern Baptists about salvation. It is no longer helpful to identify ourselves by how many points of convergence we have with Calvinism. While we are not insisting that every Southern Baptist affirm the soteriological statement below in order to have a place in the Southern Baptist family, we are asserting that the vast majority of Southern Baptists are not Calvinists and that they do not want Calvinism to become the standard view in Southern Baptist life. We believe it is time to move beyond Calvinism as a reference point for Baptist soteriology.
Below is what we believe to be the essence of a “Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” We believe that most Southern Baptists, regardless of how they have described their personal understanding of the doctrine of salvation, will find the following statement consistent with what the Bible teaches and what Southern Baptists have generally believed about the nature of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Articles of Affirmation and Denial
Article One: The Gospel
We affirm that the Gospel is the good news that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person. This is in keeping with God’s desire for every person to be saved.

We deny that only a select few are capable of responding to the Gospel while the rest are predestined to an eternity in hell.
Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:1-12; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; Luke 19.10; Luke 24:45-49; John 1:1-18, 3:16; Romans 1:1-6, 5:8; 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 2 Peter 3:9

Article Two: The Sinfulness of Man
We affirm that, because of the fall of Adam, every person inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin and that every person who is capable of moral action will sin. Each person’s sin alone brings the wrath of a holy God, broken fellowship with Him, ever-worsening selfishness and destructiveness, death, and condemnation to an eternity in hell.
We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty before he has personally sinned. While no sinner is remotely capable of achieving salvation through his own effort, we deny that any sinner is saved apart from a free response to the Holy Spirit’s drawing through the Gospel.
Genesis 3:15-24; 6:5; Deuteronomy 1:39; Isaiah 6:5, 7:15-16;53:6; Jeremiah 17:5,9, 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-18, 5:12, 6:23; 7:9; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 6:9-10;15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:11-15
Article Three: The Atonement of Christ
We affirm that the penal substitution of Christ is the only available and effective sacrifice for the sins of every person.
We deny that this atonement results in salvation without a person’s free response of repentance and faith. We deny that God imposes or withholds this atonement without respect to an act of the person’s free will. We deny that Christ died only for the sins of those who will be saved.
Psalm 22:1-31; Isaiah 53:1-12; John 12:32, 14:6; Acts 10:39-43; Acts 16:30-32; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:12-15, 24-28; 10:1-18; I John 1:7; 2:2
Article Four: The Grace of God
We affirm that grace is God’s generous decision to provide salvation for any person by taking all of the initiative in providing atonement, in freely offering the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in uniting the believer to Christ through the Holy Spirit by faith.
We deny that grace negates the necessity of a free response of faith or that it cannot be resisted. We deny that the response of faith is in any way a meritorious work that earns salvation.
Ezra 9:8; Proverbs 3:34; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 19:16-30, 23:37; Luke 10:1-12; Acts 15:11; 20:24; Romans 3:24, 27-28; 5:6, 8, 15-21; Galatians 1:6; 2:21; 5; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:2-9; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 4:16; 9:28; 1 John 4:19
Article Five: The Regeneration of the Sinner
We affirm that any person who responds to the Gospel with repentance and faith is born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a new creation in Christ and enters, at the moment he believes, into eternal life.
We deny that any person is regenerated prior to or apart from hearing and responding to the Gospel.
Luke 15:24; John 3:3; 7:37-39; 10:10; 16:7-14; Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:4-11; 10:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; 6:15; Colossians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18
Article Six: The Election to Salvation
We affirm that, in reference to salvation, election speaks of God’s eternal, gracious, and certain plan in Christ to have a people who are His by repentance and faith.
We deny that election means that, from eternity, God predestined certain people for salvation and others for condemnation.
Genesis 1:26-28; 12:1-3; Exodus 19:6; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Matthew 24:31; 25:34; John 6:70; 15:16; Romans 8:29-30, 33;9:6-8; 11:7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2:11-22; 3:1-11; 4:4-13; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 7:9-10
Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God
We affirm God’s eternal knowledge of and sovereignty over every person’s salvation or condemnation.
We deny that God’s sovereignty and knowledge require Him to cause a person’s acceptance or rejection of faith in Christ.
Genesis 1:1; 6:5-8; 18:16-33; 22; 2 Samuel 24:13-14; 1 Chronicles 29:10-20; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Joel 2:32; Psalm 23; 51:4; 139:1-6; Proverbs 15:3; John 6:44; Romans 11:3; Titus 3:3-7; James 1:13-15; Hebrews 11:6, 12:28; 1 Peter 1:17
Article Eight: The Free Will of Man
We affirm that God, as an expression of His sovereignty, endows each person with actual free will (the ability to choose between two options), which must be exercised in accepting or rejecting God’s gracious call to salvation by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel.
We deny that the decision of faith is an act of God rather than a response of the person. We deny that there is an “effectual call” for certain people that is different from a “general call” to any person who hears and understands the Gospel.
Genesis 1:26-28; Numbers 21:8-9; Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; 2 Samuel 24:13-14; Esther 3:12-14; Matthew 7:13-14; 11:20-24; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 9:23-24; 13:34; 15:17-20; Romans 10:9-10; Titus 2:12; Revelation 22:17
Article Nine: The Security of the Believer
We affirm that when a person responds in faith to the Gospel, God promises to complete the process of salvation in the believer into eternity. This process begins with justification, whereby the sinner is immediately acquitted of all sin and granted peace with God; continues in sanctification, whereby the saved are progressively conformed to the image of Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit; and concludes in glorification, whereby the saint enjoys life with Christ in heaven forever.
We deny that this Holy Spirit-sealed relationship can ever be broken. We deny even the possibility of apostasy.
John 10:28-29; 14:1-4; 16:12-14; Philippians 1:6; Romans 3:21-26; 8:29,30; 35-39; 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 1:21-22; 1 John 2:19; 3:2; 5:13-15; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 13:5; James 1:12; Jude 24-25
Article Ten: The Great Commission
We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ commissioned His church to preach the good news of salvation to all people to the ends of the earth. We affirm that the proclamation of the Gospel is God’s means of bringing any person to salvation.
We deny that salvation is possible outside of a faith response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 51:13; Proverbs 11:30; Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:6; Acts 1:8; 4:12; 10:42-43; Romans 1:16, 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:17-21; Ephesians 3:7-9; 6:19-20; Philippians 1:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Timothy 4:1-5

We welcome the additional signatures of all Southern Baptists who would affirm this statement.
If you would like to add your name in affirmation of the statement, please email, with the following:
(a) Your name
(b) Your ministry position or church membership
(c) Your church

The Undersigned affirm that the Statement above is an accurate reflection of what we and most Southern Baptists believe about our glorious salvation in Jesus Christ.
SBC Denominational and Convention Leaders
Kelly W. Boggs, Director, LBC Office of Public Affairs, Louisiana Baptist Convention
Morris Chapman, President Emeritus, SBC Executive Committee, former SBC President
Jimmy Draper, President Emeritus, LifeWay, former SBC President
Jim Futral, Executive Director, Mississippi Baptist Convention
David Hankins, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptist Convention
John A. Hatch, Executive Director, Gregg Baptist Association, Longview, TX
John Kyle, Director of Communications, Louisiana Baptist Convention
Thomas W. Lusk, Director of Missions, Central Baptist Association, McMinnville TN
Joe McGee, Director of Missions, Consolation Baptist Association, Hazlehurst, GA
Larry Murphy, Executive Director of Missions, Madison-Chester and Crockett Association of Baptists, Jackson, TN
Glen Owens, Assistant Executive Director, Florida Baptist Convention
Mike Procter, Executive Director, Alaska Baptist Convention
Chuck Register, Executive Leader for Church Planting and Missions, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Roger Stacy, Director of Missions, Trenton, TN, Gibson Baptist Association, Member of FBC Humboldt, TN
John Sullivan, Executive Director Treasurer, Florida Baptist Convention
Douglas Warren, Disaster Relief Director, Central Baptist Association, McMinnville, TN
Bobby Welch, Associate Executive Director, Tennessee Baptist Convention, former SBC President
Bob White, Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Convention
Steve Abney, Senior Pastor, North Highland Baptist Church, Warrior, AL
Kevin Apperson, Pastor, North Las Vegas Baptist Church, North Las Vegas, NV
David Bagwell, Lead Pastor/Church Planter of The Neighborhood Church, Easley, SC
Tim Barnette, Senior Pastor, Clough Pike Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH
Wayne Briant, Pastor, Southside Baptist Church, Sarasota, FL
David R. Brumbelow, Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Highlands, Texas
Steve Brumbelow, Pastor, Southview Baptist Church, Rosharon, TX
Darryl Brunson, Pastor, Tibbie Baptist Church, Tibbie, AL
Kevin W. Burden, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church, McMinnville, TN
Chris Butler, Pastor, Living Hope Baptist Church, Coral Springs, FL
Ronnie Coleman, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Pace, FL; Founder/President of Ronnie Coleman Ministries Inc.,
Roc Collins, Pastor, Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN
Terry Council, Pastor, Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Troy, TN
Frank Cox, Pastor, North Metro Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, GA
Steven N. Davidson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sellersburg, Indiana
Paul Dennis, Pastor, Royal Baptist Church, Newnan, GA
Tony Dye, Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, New Brockton, AL
Ernest Easley, Pastor, Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta, GA
Dale Ellenburg, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge, TN
Fred Evers, Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Tifton, GA
Robin D. Foster, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Perkins OK
Steve Gaines, Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
Mike Gilbert, Pastor, Sunrise Mountain Baptist Church, Peoria, AZ
Ralph Green, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Bel Air, MD
John Green, Senior Pastor, Shindler Drive Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
Tommy Green, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Brandon, Florida
Carl Griffith, Pastor, Georgetown Baptist Church, Georgetown, LA
Beau Guidry, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Milton, LA
Tim Guthrie, Senior Pastor, Arlington Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN
Bob Hadley, Pastor, Westside Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
Eric Hankins, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Oxford, MS
Bill Harrell, Co-Pastor, Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta, GA
Charlie Harris, Pastor, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Bentonia, MS
Don Hatcher, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Louisville, AL
Gary Hollingsworth, Senior Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR
Donald R. Holmes, Pastor, One Accord Baptist Church, Newville, AL
Ralph E. Holt, Pastor, Sutton Park Baptist Church, Monroe, NC
Steve Horn, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lafayette, LA
Phil Hoskins, Pastor, Higher Ground Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN
J. Stuart Houston, Senior Pastor, Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, Pickens, SC
Mark Howell, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
Randy Huckabee, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Okeechobee, FL
Nicholas Hughes, Pastor, Elliston Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
J. R. Hume, Pastor, The Church at Newburgh, Newburgh IN
Stephen R. Jones, Ph.D., Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Alameda, CA
Chris Justice, Pastor, Lee Park Baptist Church, Monroe, NC
Marcus Kelley, Pastor, Smyrna Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, TN
Jon Kent, Pastor, Irving College Baptist Church, McMinnville, TN
Michael B. King, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Mexia, TX
Jeff LaBorg, Pastor, Bishop Branch Baptist Church, Central, SC
Mark LaRue, Pastor, Riverview Baptist Church, Savannah, TN
Craig Layton, Senior Pastor, Leary Baptist Church, Leary, GA
Michael Linton, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Nixon, TX
Bob Logsdon, Pastor Newell Baptist, Folkston, GA
John B. Mann, Pastor, LaJunta Baptist Church, Springtown, TX
Ronnie Mayes, Pastor, Rose Hill Baptist Church, Ashland, KY
Floyd McKee, Senior Pastor, Rancho Village Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK
Byron V. McWilliams, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Odessa, TX
Harold S. Miller, Pastor, Center Point Baptist Church, Springfield, TN
Mark A. Mitchell, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thoreau, NM
Rev. Gene Mullis, Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Monroe, NC
Rusty Newman, Lead Pastor, True North Church Jefferson, GA
Chris Osborne, Pastor, Central Baptist Church, College Station, Texas
Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
Jimmy Dale Patterson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Newnan, GA
Mark Payton, Co-Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church at Shively Heights, Louisville, KY
Bob Pearle, Pastor, Birchman Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX
Buddy Pigg, Lead Pastor, Mount Harmony Baptist Church, Matthews, NC
Bo Price, Senior Pastor, Roanoke Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO
Gene Price, Pastor, Tumbling Creek Baptist Church, Gleason, TN
Johnathan Pritchett, Pastor, Vimy Ridge Immanuel Baptist Church, Alexander, AR
Jeremy Pruitt, Pastor, New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, TX
Leslie Puryear, Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Clemmons, NC
Jerry Roberson, Pastor, Chatom Baptist Church, Chatom, AL
Lance Allen Rogers, Pastor, O’Brien Baptist Church, O’Brien, TX
Tim Rogers, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indian Trail, NC
Stephen Rummage, Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL
Dr. Don Satterwhite, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, FL
Jonathan Sherwin, Pastor, Clear Branch Baptist Church, Florence, MS; Speaker (Blind Faith Ministries)
Rev. Robert J. Smith, Pastor, Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Bedford, PA
Matt Stacy, Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church, Buford, GA
Wes Taylor, Senior Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Palatka, FL
Tim Tesmer, Senior Pastor, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Vincennes, IN
William Tummons, Pastor, Wedgefield Community Church, Orlando, FL
Mike Walker, Senior Pastor, East Bayou Baptist Church, Lafayette, LA
Brandon Ware, Pastor, Walker Road Baptist Church, Morganton, NC
Jerry Watts, Senior Pastor, Hueytown Baptist Church, Hueytown, AL
Grover Westover III, Pastor, Harmony Baptist Church, Whiteville, TN
Randy White, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Katy, TX
Brad Whitt, Co-Pastor, Abilene Baptist Church, August, GA
Daniel Wilson, Pastor, Dry Ridge Baptist Church, Dry Ridge, KY
Fred Wolfe, Pastor, Luke 4:18 Fellowship, Mobile, AL
David Worley, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Greenfield, TN
Eddie Wren, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rayville, LA
Christopher M. Young, Pastor, LaGrange Heights Baptist Church, LaGrange, KY
Evangelists and Other Ministers
Chris Baker, Associational Missionary, Clarke Baptist Association, Grove Hill, AL
John E. Bush, Evangelist, Across Festivals Ministries; Member of FBC, Montgomery, AL
Daniel Butson, Pastoral Staff, Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL
Jonathan Carter, Student, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Pineville, KY
Justin Carter, Youth Pastor, Bellview Baptist Church, Rockmart, GA
Tim Chapman, Minister of Music, Colonial Woods Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, GA; Webmaster, Truett-McConnell College
Scott Colter, Staff Intern, Birchman Baptist Church, Forth Worth, TX; Student, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Terry Doss, Minister of Senior Adults and Pastoral Care, Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta, GA
Myles Dowdy, Minister of Counseling/Administration, FBC Brandon, FL
Jerry Drace, Evangelist, Former President of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists
Steve Evans, Associate Pastor/Music & Evangelism, Temple Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC
Kyle B. Gulledge, Associate Pastor, Southview Baptist Church, Rosharon, TX
Ron F. Hale, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN
Junior Hill, Evangelist, Junior Hill Ministries
Braxton Hunter, Staff Evangelist at Center of Hope Baptist Church, Evansville, IN; Former president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE)
Harold F. Hunter, Evangelist, Trinity Crusades for Christ, Son Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
Marc Ivey, Music Evangelist/Worship Leader/Concert Artist, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
M. Randall Jones, Evangelist, Retired from Langston Baptist church, Conway, SC; Member of Socastee Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, SC
Ron Lynch, Evangelist, Life Out of Death Ministries
Chuck Morris, Ph.D., Pastor of Education & Discipleship, Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN; Adjunct Faculty member, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
Jason Newell, Pastor to Students, FBC Wildwood, Wildwood, FL
Timothy Pigg, Student Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Cleburne, TX
Kyle Rushnell, Student, Truett McConnell College, Cleveland, GA
Bailey Smith, Evangelist, Bailey Smith Ministries; former SBC President
Billie Tapp, Youth Leader, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Somerville, TN
Len Turner, Evangelist, Len Turner Ministries
Jerry Vines, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL, former SBC President
Don Whitt, Don Whitt Evangelistic Association
Baptist College and Seminary Personnel
David Allen, Dean, School of Theology; Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
David Armstrong, Vice-President for Administrative Services, Truett-McConnell College
Emir Caner, President, Truett-McConnell College
Ergun Caner, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Arlington Baptist College (TX); Willow Park Baptist Church, Aledo, Texas
Vern Charette, Evangelist and Instructor of Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; member of MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church, Irving, TX
Keith E. Eitel, Dean, Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
David S. Eppling, Director of Administrative and Academic Projects, Liberty University School of Law; Member, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
Roy Fish, Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Anne Fortenberry, Professor and Chair of Nursing, Truett McConnell College
Adam Harwood, Professor, Truett-McConnell College
Chuck Kelley, President, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Norm Miller, Director of Communications/Marketing, Truett-McConnell College
David Mills, Assistant Professor of Evangelism, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Preston Nix, Professor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Eddie O’Brien, Campus Store Director, Adjunct Faculty, Truett-McConnell College
Reggie R. Ogea, Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Waylan Owens, Dean, Jack Terry School of Church and Family Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; former SBC President
Brad Reynolds, Vice-President for Academic Services, Truett-McConnell College
Jerry Sutton, Vice President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Malcolm Yarnell, Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Lay Leaders and Other Church Members
John Adams, First Baptist Church, Humboldt, TN
John “Marshall” Alexander, Jr., Member, First Baptist Church, Oxford, MS
Matthew Alexander, Member, Mcarthur Blvd Baptist Church, Irving TX; Pastoral Care Intern at Pinelake Church, Brandon MS
Tammye Bowie, member, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
Chris Brauer, Deacon, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
Jerome Cantrell, member, Desperation Church, Cullman, AL
Josh Cooper, Crossover Community Church, Anderson, SC
Joy Cooper, member, Faith Fellowship Church, Pendleton, SC
Bill Faircloth, Adult Sunday School teacher, Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta, GA
Kaye Tyler Fish, member, First Baptist Church of Walton (42 years)
Pamela George, member, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
Durwood Gordon, Sunday School Teacher and Deacon, Central Baptist Church, McComb, MS
Chris Hyder, member, St. Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, FL
Julie Hyder, member, St. Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, FL
John Christian Hyder, Yoke Fellow, St. Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, FL
Brandon Johnson, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
Larry Johnson, Reilly Springs Baptist Church, Reilly Springs, TX
Charles S. Johnson, Sr., Trustee, Truett McConnel College; One Heart Church, Norcross, GA
Krista Kent, Pastor’s Wife, Irving College Baptist Church, McMinnville, TN
Rodney Kent, Ordained Deacon, Bethany Baptist Church, McDonough, GA
Theo Knight, Adult S.S. teacher and member, Trinity Baptist Church, Bristow, OK
Barbara S. Merrell, member, Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL
Herb Miller, member, Willowbrook Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Ray Moncrief, Deacon, Corinth Baptist Church, London, KY
Melvin B. Poe, Calvary Baptist Church, Union City, TN
Brad Ray, layman, disciplemaker; President – Ray Oil Company, Dallas Texas, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
Gary Richardson, North Oxford Baptist Church, Oxford, MS
Bryan K. Ruffin, First Baptist Church, Trumann, AR
Randy Teel, Deacon, Calvary Baptist Church, Mexia, TX
Don Webster, Deacon, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Peggy Webster, Children’s Choir teacher, Cornerstone Baptist Church
Jason L. Williams, 1st Grade Sunday School teacher, Gardendale First Baptist Church, Gardendale, AL
Carolyn Young, Ladies Sunday School Teacher, Cornerstone Baptist Church, McMinnville TN
Scott Young

We welcome the additional signatures of all Southern Baptists who would affirm this statement.
If you would like to add your name in affirmation of the statement, please email, with the following:
(a) Your name
(b) Your ministry position or church membership
(c) Your church

Note: Today’s comments should focus on the affirmation and denial in Article 1. If you would like to comment on the statement as a whole, you may do so here. Or, if you would like to address another specific article, we’ll be focusing on each of the ten articles day by day in the next ten days, and you can make your comments at that time. Again, please limit your comments here to Article 1.
Article One: The Gospel
We affirm that the Gospel is the good news that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person. This is in keeping with God’s desire for every person to be saved.
We deny that only a select few are capable of responding to the Gospel while the rest are predestined to an eternity in hell.
Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:1-12; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; Luke 19.10; Luke 24:45-49; John 1:1-18, 3:16; Romans 1:1-6, 5:8; 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 2 Peter 3:9