Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Free Book on Calvinism & the SBC

This book is available for free in ePub or mobi (Kindle) formats through the Founders website. It will be necessary for you to set up an account, but there is no charge, and no credit card info is required. The book was posted just this morning and demonstrates the power of technology in theological dialogue. 

Allow me to give a little background. Less than three weeks ago, a document was released called “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” which took aim against New Calvinism and the doctrines of grace. The document already has over 650 signatures and has been endorsed by many of the SBC’s non-Calvinist leaders. It sent the blogosphere into a frenzy and even prompted our SBC President Bryant Wright this morning to call Calvinism “the elephant in the room.” 

This short e-book began as a series of posts on the blog of Tom Ascol, director of Founders Ministry. It is a quick but reasoned response, seeking to set the record straight on this touchy subject. 

Personally, I use the label “Calvinist” sparingly, but I do believe the Bible teaches the doctrines of grace and I preach them unashamedly. I am happy to cooperate with my non-Calvinist brothers for gospel causes, but I believe that salvation is only best and fully understood when we see it as an act of God’s sovereign grace, all for His glory.

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