Why form an organization promoting a specific type of salvation doctrine?
How can Connect 316 build bridges and contribute to SBC unity?
I believe like you do but don’t see this as a “big deal.” Why get involved?
If you view this discussion as merely an intellectual exercise or academic debate, you may find yourself believing Traditional SBC theology but not wanting to stand up for those beliefs publicly. For example, you may not wish to sign the Traditional Statement or attend the Connect 316 Banquet. You may ask, “What is to be gained by developing a coalition on the basis of doctrine?” First, our Calvinist friends have already done so—as evidenced by conferences and seminars, book deals and networking—in such a way that they are very established in the promotion of their views. Some have even described our SBC trajectory as moving toward a PresbyBaptist Convention. An organized minority will exert greater influence than a disorganized majority. Second, a number of cherished Southern Baptist ministry practices are associated with Traditional salvation doctrine—congregational polity, missions and evangelism strategies, the sinner’s prayer and altar calls, just to name a few. Salvation doctrine is the hub of a wheel with many spokes. These implications and applications make this discussion a much “bigger deal” than one might suppose. It really comes down to your vision for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. If you want to see us become more Calvinistic, then simply do nothing, and you will get your wish. Otherwise, let’s band together (as the Calvinists have) and promote our own vision for the future of the SBC.