Today, over at SBCToday, the Traditionalist Statement was reposted. It is perhaps the most divisive document recently introduced into SBC life. From its rambling, insulting preamble to its reactionary articles, it baffles the mind how so many scholars were willing to attach their name to it. All that said, in response to their resposting of the statement, I have decided to repost my coverage of the original firestorm that ensued.
In May of 2012, a statement was published on the internet by some key leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). It claims to both represent the majority of Southern Baptists and respond to a dangerous movement within the SBC. The following is that statement and some responses that have already been published:
Official List of Signers @ SBCToday.com, which includes the following faculty members from SWBTS:
- Paige Patterson, President
- Roy Fish, Professor Emeritus
- David Allen, Dean of the School of Theology
- Waylan Owens, Dean of the School of Church and Family Ministries
- Keith Eidel, Dean of the School of Evangelism and Missions
- Malcolm Yarnell, Professor of Theology
- David Mills, Assistant Professor of Evangelism
- Matt Queen, Assistant Professor of Evangelism
- Vern Charette, Evangelist and Instructor of Preaching
- Brent S. Ray, Associate Director of the World Missions Center and Adjunct Professor of Mission
And now from The College at Southwestern:
- Lee Williams, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History
(Honestly, a couple of the above listed names surprised me when I read them. Others, I would have been surprised if they were not on the list. Two of my classmates are even on the list. So disheartening.)
Here is some commentary offered by some of the signers over at SBC Today:
- Article One, Dr. David Hankins
- Article Two, Dr. Adam Harwood
- Article Three, Dr. David Allen
- Article Four, Dr. Brad Reynolds
- Article Five, Dr. Bob Hadley
- Article Eight, Dr. Braxton Hunter
- Article Ten, Robin Foster
These two articles by seminary presidents, one by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. of Southern Seminary and the other by Dr. Paige Patterson of Southwestern Seminary, are both perfect starting places for the discussion. In my opinion, both of these articles are thoughtful and gracious.
Some, however, would disagree with me. Here are some responses to Dr. Mohler:
- from Jerry Vines
- from the VPs at Truett-McConnell College
- from Eric Hankins
- from Malcolm Yarnell (though he never mentions Dr. Mohler’s name)
- from Tim Rogers
- follow-up from Jerry Vines
Pastor Josh Buice responds to Dr. Vines’ first article here.
Here is Tom Ascol’s response to the original statement @ the Founders blog:
- Response, Pt. 1
- Response, Pt. 2
- Response, Pt. 3
- Response, Pt. 4
- Response, Pt. 5
- Response, Pt. 6
- Response, Pt. 7
- Response, Pt. 8
- Response, Pt. 9
- Response, Pt. 10
- Response, Pt. 11
- Response, pt. 12
- Response, pt. 13
So far, there has been one response to Ascol:
- from Rick Patrick
And here are some more responses to the statement from throughout the SBC:
- This report from the Baptist Press includes some responses from key figures in the SBC.
- This very tame response is from Pastor Steve Weaver.
- Here too is a very helpful response from non-Calvinist, Jon Akin.
- Here’s a somewhat more assertive response from Jared Moore.
- Pastor James Buice refers to the Hatfiends & McCoys twice in his response. Someone’s been watching the History Channel.
- Someone has finally decided to get historical about all of this, resurrecting the terms Particular and General. I’m in favor. I am not a “Calvinist” as much as I am a Particular Baptist, and they should not be allowed to acquire for themselves such a historically inaccurate term as “Traditional” Southern Baptists when historically there are already terms for what they profess (Free Will Baptists or General Baptists).
- Here is an interesting little blog post from dbts.edu.
- Upon request of the Florida Baptist Witness, Tom Ascol released this statement.
- Matt Svoboda over at SBCVoices asks the Traditionalists to name names.
Here’s an interesting blog post from Voddie Baucham on the use of labels.
Here is an interesting little infographic demonstrating just what is meant by “majority” in the statement.
This page will grow as the responses surmount. I will only post responses by other Southern Baptists as this is an in-house debate.
Throughout these responses, you will see the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 (BF&M 2000) repeatedly addressed and affirmed. Here is a .pdf copy of the BF&M 2000 for quick reference.