Tag Archives: Baptist Centrism

The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ The posts in this series are not in any particular order; but it may be helpful, before reading this one, to read the following posts: “The 3rd … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of a Restrictive Foreknowledge

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ One fallacy in the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists is the idea that God’s foreknowledge makes all events necessary. Such logic insists that, since God already knows … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Exegetical Problems with Corporate Election

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Dr. Eric Hankins, the leader of the Southern Baptist Traditionalist movement, sees election as strictly corporate: The idea that God, in eternity past, elected certain individuals to salvation … Continue reading

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Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide … Continue reading

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Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

by Ken Hamrick This will be a series of informal posts chronicling my quest to understand and engage Jonathan Edwards on the ideas of necessity and certainty, and to establish where Andrew Fuller departed from Edwards’ view. In this, I’m … Continue reading

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It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both … Continue reading

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Unwillingness & Inability: A Summary of Andrew Fuller’s Solution

by Ken Hamrick The theology of Andrew Fuller, as set out in his greatest work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, is centrally located between those Calvinists who see sinners as walking corpses—no more able to believe than a dead … Continue reading

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The Traditional Statement | SBC Today

Click HERE to sign! Preamble Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. Recently, I published a Centrist response[1] to Dr. Tom Nettles’ series of articles on Andrew Fuller.[2] He has replied to that … Continue reading

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PART 2: AGAINST FULLER AND MORAL INABILITY, Why Many Can Not Believe

THIS IS PART 2 OF 3. WHY MANY TODAY CAN NOT BELIEVE. Part 1 [https://sbcopenforum.com/2014/08/23/against-fuller-and-the-idea-of-moral-inability-why-israel-missed-the-messiah-and-why-many-cant-believe/] was about how the Jewish people missed the Messiah. Now of course they all did not miss the Messiah, and not all people today will … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles (Whole Paper)

An Addendum, incorporating the Rejoinder, was added, 11-25-2014. by Ken Hamrick [13,200 words…] The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 3 of 3

  Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick In his second installment, “Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability,” Dr. Nettles’ fundamental misunderstanding of Fuller is seen in … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 2

   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick It will be helpful, prior to addressing further differences with Dr. Nettles, to establish what Andrew Fuller means … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 1

   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology … Continue reading

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Interesting Series on Andrew Fuller by Tom Nettles

There is an interesting series of articles posted at the Founders blog, on the teaching of Andrew Fuller, written by Dr. Tom Nettles. It includes the following articles:   Fuller the Non-Calvinist? Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability Fuller and Irresistible Grace: … Continue reading

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What Do Southern Baptists Believe about Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in Salvation?

by Charles L. Quarles Former Vice President for the Integration of Faith and Learning Former Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity Former Carter Research Professor of New Testament and Greek Louisiana Baptist College Over the last several years, discussions … Continue reading

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Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

Originally posted on SBC Open Forum:
[15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real…

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Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. … Continue reading

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Compatibilism: A More Immanent Grace

by Ken Hamrick Immanence is mostly forgotten as an attribute of God and a method by which He works in the world. Calvinists and Traditionalists argue over the limits of God’s transcendent acts of grace and the limits of men … Continue reading

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Who is Guilty of Adam’s Sin? A Centrist Response to Adam Harwood

by Ken Hamrick Adam Harwood spoke at the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, and the paper he presented there is available on the conference e-book at SBC Today. Like Dr. Harwood, I deny that anyone is born condemned for Adam’s sin; … Continue reading

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