Jon Akin Responds to “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”

Jon Akin, a Southern Baptist pastor, wrote a friendly, but critical response back in May to the much debated Statement on the supposed traditional Southern Baptist view of God’s plan of Salvation.  Whether you are in the SBC or not (I am not), this is an important issue for Baptists in general, and for Calvinists in particular.  The statement was written in response to the so-called “New Calvinism.”  I hesitate using this term myself, because it appears to me that many people use it without really knowing what it actually means.  In what sense is it new?  Some, I think, use it to simply refer to the resurgence of Calvinism among Evangelicals, especially Baptists.  Others use it to refer to those who simply hold to the so-called Five Points of Calvinism (T.U.L.I.P), that pretty much being as far as their Calvinism goes.  In other words, their Calvinism is pretty much limited to Soteriology (pertaining to Salvation), and Calvinism is certainly more than Soteriology.  In any case, this Statement, written up by non-Calvinist theologians, is an important issue.  I think Jon Akin has done a wonderful job making this clear and pointing out some of the errors within this Statement.  Due to these errors, and its overall divisiveness, he has chosen not to sign or endorse the Statement.

You may read his response on the Baptist 21 website, here.


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