Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We've got our inerrant Bible, but... oops! we forgot Jesus; or, how the liberals were partly right (part 2)

The gospel.

Now that the battle for the affirmation of biblical inerrancy has been officially won at the institutional level, a common question to hear within Southern Baptist circles is, 'what do you think is the biggest challenge within the SBC today?' or some variation thereof. In a few places, I have read where Tom Ascol, the director of Founders Ministries, answered this question with concern that the SBC may be in danger of losing the gospel. When I first this kind of response coming from Ascol, I (quite frankly) disagreed. I believed that he was using hyperbole or that he was making too strong a connection between gospel proclamation and a particular doctrine of predestination. Certainly, I've heard gospel presentations from the Southern Baptist Convention that were not clear as they should be, and certainly, we should recover doctrines that undergird sound gospel proclamation, but how could the SBC, which is all about proclaiming the gospel- the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has done- how could this Convention, having affirmed the inerrancy of the Scriptures, which are focused on the gospel- how could the Southern Baptist Convention now lose the gospel?

But recent events have convinced me that Ascol's concerns are, indeed, well-founded.

[Next: Chapel]



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