Southern Baptists Choose Free Will After Looking At Mounting Evidence
In a huge theological move, the Southern Baptist Convention has voted to exchange the Calvinistic doctrine of Predestination for the Arminian doctrine of Free Moral Agency, or Free Will. The main issue is whether or not humans can actually choose whether or not to receive and follow Christ as their Savior.
Rev. Will Stockton, a pastor and leader in the SBC is conflicted, but supports the move. “It only made sense. All of our churches choose their own pastor. The worship leader chooses the music set. The pastor chooses the sermon. The youth leader chooses the instagram hashtags. More than half of our members choose to stay home on Sunday night. At a certain point, with all of those choices in front of you, you have to say that God has given us the ability to choose.”
At the annual convention, the vote almost didn’t happen. There were a couple of purists who questioned the wisdom in voting on whether or not each person has a choice. Dissenter Malcolm Tucker asks, “What kind of a message are we sending when we let people vote on free moral agency? I think it would have been better to just let one person, someone like myself, make the decision for everyone.”