61% of SBC pastors concerned about Reformed theology

Meredith Flynn —  July 17, 2012 — 1 Comment

THE BRIEFING | Meredith Flynn

A recent study on Reformed theology in the Southern Baptist Convention could “point to challenging days to come,” said LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer.

“Most Baptists are not Calvinists, though many are, and most Baptists are not Arminians, though many are comfortable with that distinction. However, there is a sizeable minority that see themselves as Calvinist and holds to such doctrines, and a sizeable majority that is concerned about their presence.”

LifeWay’s survey found 61% of senior pastors in the SBC are concerned about the impact of Reformed theology in the convention. The numbers also show 30% of pastors report their churches are “Reformed or Calvinist,” and 30% say they lead “Arminian or Wesleyan” churches.

The numbers were released during the SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, where Reformed theology was expected to be a hot-button issue. Instead, several speakers from the platform urged Southern Baptists to work together despite theological differences, and the conversation never really became a heated debate.

Go to LifeWay.com to read more about the findings.

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Meredith Flynn is a relatively new Midwesterner, moving to Springfield, Ill., from San Diego, Ca., three years ago. Originally from Tennessee, Meredith is the associate editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper and a newlywed. She met her husband Chris at Delta Church in Springfield; they were married there in October 2011.

One response to 61% of SBC pastors concerned about Reformed theology

  1. 
    Bill Williams July 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Most of us Southern Baptists are “Calminians.” Well, I think I can say this about myself. I am a very simplistic person. I have a very simplistic approach to the Bible. Therefore I am well able to accept the sovereignty of God along with the free-will of man and God’s predestination along with “wosoever will.” After all I accept the blood atonement for my sin, eternal life, God in three persons, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Who understands or can explain these? Oh yes! in my simplistic approach, I would simply ask, why should we put so much weithg on what Calvin or Aminius believed and taught when we have access to what Jesus taught? Hey maybe I’m not a Calminian after all

    Bill Williams

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