It was reported yesterday on CRN that a document entitled “A Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” has caused much discussion and controversy in recent days. Men such as James White of Alpha & Omega ministries, and Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Florida, have already offered responses to this document (though Ascol’s response currently is an ongoing series at his Founders Ministries blog). These men and others have expressed deep concern with much of the document. With the SBC Annual Meeting scheduled to take place later this month in New Orleans, this debate has been closely monitored.
Since this document was released, many have been anticipating the response of Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mohler issued his initial response today, acknowledging agreement with some statements within the document, and reservations over others. He also urged Southern Baptists against “theological tribalism,” concerned that such debates may cause division that would hinder the “mission of the Great Commission.” His thoughts will no doubt ensure that the conversation over the vital doctrine of soteriology will continue.