Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Southern Baptists & Semi-Pelagianism?

Christianity Today:
A statement by a non-Calvinist faction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has launched infighting within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, and tensions are expected to escalate Tuesday as church leaders descend on New Orleans.

While the election of the denomination's first African American president in its 167-year history will dominate the meeting's headlines, water-cooler talk is sure to be fixated on a theological dirty word that, for the past two weeks, has spiked the blood pressure of theologians as much as it has Baptist visits to Wikipedia.

The May 30 document, "A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God's Plan of Salvation," aims "to more carefully express what is generally believed by Southern Baptists about salvation." But both Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler and George W. Truett Theological Seminary professor Roger Olson, in separate blog posts, said that parts of the document sound like semi-Pelagianism, a traditionally heretical understanding of Christian salvation.
Groovy, another thing to make some headlines. 

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--Nick

1 comment:

  1. Roger Olson says "But 'semi-Pelagianism' is the view that the initiative in salvation is on the human side."

    OH NO!!! But it actually isn't. This is just silly Calvinist spin. The initiative in salvation in Christianity is always on God's part -- its the CROSS. What we do NOW is not the initiative since the initiative (the CROSS) took place 2000 years ago. To say, then, that people have the ability to believe in Jesus' sacrifice without having to wait for God to give them a magic shot in the arm in the now (which is all that this semi-Pelagian boogeyman is saying) is certainly NOT to deny that the initiative in salvation is on God's part -- its just that God took that initiative already 2000 years ago. So what's the problem, do you Calvinists NOT believe in the cross or something? Why do you NOT recognize THAT as the initiative in salvation? Huh? Huh? Huh? Infinite more number of huhs?

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