The Calvinism of the The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

 

Although the current Abstract of Principles of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are nearly identical to the original--see here http://www.sbts.edu/about/truth/abstract/

 

 

Note these original Articles below, which are consistent with the Five articles of Calvinism, Article VóUnconditional Election; Articles VIóTotal Depravity; Article VIIóParticular (or Limited Atonement); Article VIII and XóIrresistible or Efficacious Grace; and Article XIIIóPerseverance of the Saints:  

 

 

V. Election.

Election is Godís eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life ó not because of foreseen merit in them, but of his mere mercy in Christ ó in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

 

VI. The Fall of Man.

God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

 

VII. The Mediator.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners.

 

VIII. Regeneration.

Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of Godís free and special grace alone.

 

X. Faith.

Saving faith is the belief, on Godís authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.

 

XIII. Perseverance of the Saints.

Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.