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The Southern Baptist Convention, while the highest authority within the Southern Baptist church, is not technically an authority amongst Baptists. It functions as a voluntary association with which member churches may choose to associate, but cannot dictate terms to anyone. While it does approve changes to the "Baptist Faith and Message," these are to be ...


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Doing a little bit of searching through Christopher Hitchens’ own book God Is Not Great, he seems to be attributing this ditty to an English satirist. The reference is as follows: Calvin’s Geneva was a prototypical totalitarian state, and Clavin himself a sadist and torturer and killer, who burned Servetus (one of the great thinkers and questioners of the ...


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No (though it does vary by church) One very influential Southern Baptist church is Capitol Hill Baptist Church, where Mark Dever is the Senior Pastor. Dever is well known as the author of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (and founder of the associated ministry). One of the nine marks is church membership, in a much more prominent way than I've heard of in any ...


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Some quick, important notes about your references before answering your question directly: Moses is not clearly justified in killing the Egyptian. He fled as a guilty man because he committed murder. There are many instance of men taking justice into their own hands, but this does not mean it was good for them to do so. God continues to bring judgment and ...


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According to the SBC's FAQ, the best place to look for SBC views on various issues is in their resolutions: The Southern Baptist Convention makes official statements regarding specific issues by means of resolutions passed at our annual gatherings each June. The SBC has a searchable online database of all their resolutions, and search results for each of ...


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The Southern Baptist Convention in the Public Sphere There is no evidence that the SBC believes itself to be barred from issues relating to public policy, and there is much evidence to the contrary. First, let's look at the SBC's understanding of the Resolutions it issues (emphasis mine): [...] Covering a wide range of theological, social, and practical ...


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The Southern Baptist position is that we will be resurrected with physical bodies, as they state in The Baptist Faith and Message: X. Last Things God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and ...


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I am a Baptist. In many Baptist churches it is thought that the power to speak in tongues, or prophesy, etc. is evil, and must come from the devil. However, although a rule, it has it's exceptions. For example, my church takes the exact opposite stance, saying that it would be quenching the spirit to suppress that gift. In Christ!


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Televangelist Southern Baptists like Charles Stanley and Ed Young use the NASB translation. They are former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention. This does not make the NASB the SBC's official bible, but it shows a preference.


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Your question may have been in response to one of or possibly more of my answers, and so I have taken the liberty of giving you my understanding, based on my years of Southern Baptist teaching. I cannot speak for the Southern Baptist Conference since I have not personally studied all of their doctrines and you must understand that what I say is based on my ...


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Is there any explanation for this in any doctrinal belief in any denomination which addresses this? Jesus was explaining the limitation of the law. God's standard is holiness and perfection. Paul tells us that the law was supposed to bring us to an understanding that we needed a Savior. Instead many contemporaries of Jesus felt they had been successful in ...


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The statement made that established "Traditionalism" as a term for this long-held belief is here, and I believe accurately reflects the views of most (Southern and Independent) Baptists who hold this point of view: http://connect316.net/the-statement/ You are right in that they don't hold the same view of prevenient grace as a Methodist does. Methodists/...


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I think there is an untrue assumption in this question... My question is simply, where does a new human being's soul come from, since it can't have been created? Energy cannot be created or destroyed is an atheistic philosophical assumption that presumes there is no God with the ability to create energy. Southern Baptists for the most part hold the ...


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Well, my education is Free Will Baptist rather than Southern Baptist, but I can give you a straight answer to your question that my Southern Baptist preacher brother in law would sign off on. It is quite simple. When you read, "the wages of sin is death", that death is not referring to your heart stopping, it is indicates eternal damnation and separation ...


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As in much of Protestantism, there is much protesting and not much consensus. Because of their strong belief in congregational autonomy (mentioned in the SBC's positional statements while the resurrection is ignored), many Southern Baptists are left to decide for themselves what they think the resurrection will entail as it's not seen as critical a point as ...


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There is no "official" position on this question, since the Baptist Faith and Practice is silent on the matter. And in a body as diverse as the Southern Baptist Convention, there is sure to be variability in practice. That said, it's safe to say that "private communion" by a layperson is clearly outside the Southern Baptist norm for two ...


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I have been a Southern Baptist for over sixty years, and have never heard of any set procedure; for administration of Communion. In all of the Churches I have attended the juice and wafer are distributed by the ushers and after distribution usually the Preacher offers a prayer; but in some churches everyone says their own silent prayer, then the bread and ...


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While I am unable to find any evidence that the Southern Baptist Convention definitely supports the practice, there doesn't seem to be any reason for them to do so. For one thing they/we believe in the "priest-hood" of all believers, so there's no requirement that communion be administered or overseen by an ordained minister. In their "Basic Beliefs" web ...


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Not all Baptist Churches belong to the Southern Baptist Convention, and so your question About Southern Baptist Churches needs a little more definition, However as a general rule it is a basic concept of the Baptist that the primary mission of the Church is to spread the Gospel, and therefore the sermons are never just for those who are already converts. And ...


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During my time as a Southern Baptist, i gravitated toward the NASB, NKJV, and the ESV. The church to which I now belong uses the NRSV, although I am still partial to the ESV, which is very close to the NRSV.


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What about the NASB? The SBC does not support the TNIV nor the 2011 revision of the NIV because of the inaccurate translations pertaining to gender. There are resolutions stating such. They were fine with the 1984 NIV, but it is no longer being printed. They now support the HCSB.


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There is no official SBC position on predestination, and the issue is up for debate. The two major camps within the SBC are Founders Ministries on the Calvinist side and a new group led by Dr. Eric Hankins that have put forward this statement in May 2012 to get churches on board with an opposition movement.


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