Though it is not popular in current Southern Baptist life to speak of two of our seminaries as representing Southern Baptist Calvinism, the seminaries’ own confession and guiding doctrinal document, the Abstract of Principles (AP), is a strong four-point Calvinist confession of faith. This document is to guide doctrinal teaching on the points it addresses [...]
Today in the Southern Baptist Convention there are many who say that our confession allows much room for disagreement. They argue for ambiguity so that those holding diverse interpretations can cooperate with one another. This has not always been the case. In fact, historically, disagreement over articles of faith would qualify a church for disfellowship [...]
I have been researching Baptist history and confessionalism for the past year. One issue that has confused me has been the theological identity of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association (Sandy Creek) in North Carolina. Sandy Creek, organized in 1758, is the third oldest Baptist association in the United States, behind the Philadelphia (1707) and Charleston (1751) associations. [...]
Today, it is common thought in the Southern Baptist Convention that strict confessionalism is unBaptist and a departure from historic Baptist principles. This is not the case. After the 1924 Convention and the announcement of a committee to make a recommendation on whether a statement of faith for the Southern Baptist Convention should be formed [...]
Edgar Young Mullins (1860-1928) served as the fourth president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s first seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mullins’ book Baptist Beliefs (1912) is one of his most popular writings. His commentary on the Calvinistic New Hampshire Declaration of Faith found at the end of Baptist Beliefs gives an interesting historical perspective on the [...]
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