From the Protestant
Reformation to the
What Hath Geneva
To Do with Nashville
Including The Charleston
Confession of Faith and
A Summary of Church
By Tom Ascol
©1996, 2013 Founders Press
ISBN: 978-0-9849498-8-5 (ePub)
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From the Protestant Reformation uses a historical argument in order to make that theological point. What our forefathers believed and taught about the nature of God’s saving grace is worthy of our careful study. They were men committed to the authority and clarity of God’s Word just as strongly as we are today. They did exegesis and exposition just as we do. We should be willing to listen to them.
Perhaps they were wrong. If we become convinced of that then let’s be bold to state it plainly. If we are unwilling to make that conclusion, then let’s allow for the legitimacy of their doctrinal views and not fight against the growing recovery of them in our day. Baptists have a rich theological heritage. Lessons from that heritage can serve us well as we chart a God-glorifying course for the future.
From the Introduction
"This booklet provides an excellent summary of the doctrinal continuity between the sixteenth century Reformation and the confessional position of Southern Baptists at the time of the Convention's founding. In this day of heightened interest in Baptist doctrinal identity, there is not a more accessible and accurate presentation of the doctrinal issues involved than this brief, clear, accurate treatment."
Professor of Historical Theology
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"It is hard to write a classic, but that is what Tom Ascol did in 1996 when he first published this succinct and accurate summary of Baptist life from the Reformation to the SBC. This new edition is all the more valuable because it makes available classic documents from the Charleston tradition. Highly recommended!"
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
General Editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
"Getting our history right as Southern Baptists is vital. This small booklet is a very helpful account of our roots, which gave shape, substance and mettle to the people known today as the Southern Baptists."
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Understanding where we have come from provides one of the best vantage points for staying on course for we are to head. Tom Ascol has done Southern Baptists a favor by offering a succinct history of our roots in the Reformation and how that divine awakening established a firm theological foundation for a new people called "Baptists." As he points out, if what our Baptist forefathers believed was true then it is still true now. Read this small book and be challenged to continue standing upon the authority of God's Word."
Southwoods Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
"We are not Calvinists because we are Southern Baptists.” Sadly, this statement can be heard on the lips of many Southern Baptists in our own day. It reveals, however, a historical naiveté. Contrary to popular belief, our founding Southern Baptist fathers, whose sweat and blood is in the very soil of the SBC, were Calvinists to the core, and unashamedly so. These men loved the doctrines of grace and saw their Baptist heritage firmly rooted in the Reformation. Therefore, I highly recommend Thomas Ascol’s book, From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention. This updated and expanded edition is once again timely as today we are witnessing a recovery among Southern Baptists of the Reformed theology their Southern Baptists predecessors so cherished and believed in."
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
California Baptist University
Executive Editor, Credo Magazine
About the Author
Tom Ascol is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and Executive Director of Founders Ministries.
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