On Wednesday and Thursday of this week Dr. Frank Page is convening a non-official committee in Nashville regarding Calvinism. The goal is said to be the crafting of a strategic plan to bring together various groups within the SBC who hold different opinions on the issue. The reason is to develop a strategy to get us to work together in missions and evangelism. The focus of the meetings is said to be practical, not doctrinal in nature.
Unity of brothers is a good and pleasant thing according to Psalm 133. Talking to one another rather than about one another is a good step. I pray some good comes from the meetings and dialogue.
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in 1845 for Baptists to come together cooperatively in missions and evangelism. These practices come from our doctrine. They can never be divorced. An understanding of soteriology is essential for cooperation. Anyone who confirms Jesus died for our sins, and not only ours but for the sins of the entire world, is a fellow laborer with me. They may not serve on my staff or use my methods, but we can cooperate within our denomination.
If Jesus did not die for all, then we have some more committee work to do.