Thursday, September 03, 2015
Because God Loves the World!
Our confession is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Within its broad boundaries, we also affirm A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God's Plan of Salvation—which is summarized below in the form of an acrostic spelling POINSETTIA. For a better understanding of the differences between Calvinists and Traditionalists, see our Theological Positions page.
God desires all to be saved and has made a way of salvation in Christ for any person.
Fallen man inherits a sinful nature but is condemned only because of his own sin.
The substitutionary atonement of Christ is effective and available for every person.
God's grace takes all the initiative in saving souls. Man's free response is not a work.
Any who repent and believe are regenerated at that point, not before or apart from it.
In election, God saves people without predetermining their souls for heaven or hell.
God's sovereign omniscience does not mean He causes human decisions about Jesus.
God gives to each person actual free will to accept or reject His call to salvation.
When one is saved, God promises to complete the process, sealing their eternal fate.
As we share God's love, the gospel is the means of bringing any person to Christ.