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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by JRG39402, Dec 13, 2006.
Does the BFandM take a position on predestination and Calvinism?
Well yes it actually does. Predestination is God's affirmative choice of individuals to election, and others to reprobation.
Articles from the BF&M http://www.sbc.net/bfm/bfm2000.asp#v
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
V. God's Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.
Looking at the way that is written, it doesn't preclude or affirm the Calvinist view. It is pretty inclusive.
Yep, and that is probably a good thing...... seeing how there are general baptists and particular baptist in the convention. Myself, I'm not sure there is room for both. I'm really torn about it.
The SBC and the Cooperative Program are not build on doctrinal conformity. There's no way that could happen, considering the independence and autonomy of each local church. The idea was to build ministry and missions cooperation as a result of what they had in common, acknowledging the differences of opinion on a wide variety of things.
Most people think that the doctrine they hold is right, and that those who disagree are mistaken. The fact of the matter is that doctrinal purity isn't possible in this life, and the unity of the body of Christ, especially in missions and ministry, is a primary Biblical principle. Humans, even forgiven, sanctified, secured humans, err, and they will invariably interpret the same exact passage of scripture differently. I think God is bigger than any of us individually, or even collectively, realizes, and that he is not pleased by our bickering, quarrelling and fighting over things that, in the long run, have no effect on the salvation of the soul, or upon Christian living.
Good for the SBC for not only recognizing that fact, but for writing a confession of faith that allows general and particular Baptists to work together to advance the kingdom.
The Abstract certainly does
The abstract -- CLICK HERE
I linked to the SEBTS website, but it can also be found at the SBTS website.
Interesting, the answer to the question seems to be determined by which side you are on. My brother Reformed believer sees the BF&M as affirming Calvinism, while I see it as affirming neither Calvinism or Arminianism. You see in the document a balance of God's call & grace and the ability of the individual to genuinely respond, make a choice. It certainly does not teach irresistable grace. Just my thoughts.
It may appear, to a degree, to affirm some Calvinistic principles, but it doesn't affirm Calvinism to the exclusion of other positions. Actually, the BFM is written in such a way that it does not preclude Calvinists or non-Calvinists, from cooperating and serving in the SBC.