The SBC and Calvinism

From F.H. Kerfoot, a Southern Baptist Pastor. Written circa 1880.

In common with a large body of evangelical Christians, nearly all Baptists believe what are usually termed the ‘doctrines of grace,’ the absolute sovereignty and foreknowledge of God; his eternal and unchangeable purposes or decrees; that salvation in its beginning, continuance and completion, is God’s free gift; that, in Christ, we are elected or chosen, personally or individually, from eternity, saved and called out from the world, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth; that we are kept by His power from falling away, and will be presented faultless before the presence of His glory.

Tom J. Nettles and Russell Moore, eds., Why I Am A Baptist (Nashville: B&H, 2001), 48; emphasis mine.


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