Point of View: The irreducible tenets of a 5-Point Baptist preacher
by JOHN SULLIVAN
Executive Director-Treasurer

Article Date: Nov 8, 2012

I am often asked about my theological position—especially in the current climate of discussion concerning theological systems among Southern Baptists. I have been approached–sometimes positively, other times negatively–about my theological stance with questions such as: “Are you a 5-Point, 3-Point?” “Are you quasi some other theological persuasion?”  

So it has been rumbling through my spirit to “come out of the theological closet”—everyone else is—and declare my position. 

I am a 5-Point Baptist preacher! It was my joy to learn this at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and finally come to the irreducible tenets of my faith. Here are my five points: 

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is not a son among sons. There is no other like Him.

Jesus Christ came according to the prophetic message of the Old Testament. Fulfillment was: a certain man, a certain time, a certain method and a certain place. There were no accidents in the coming of Christ to earth.

Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died a horrific death by crucifixion and shed His blood for my redemption. He was buried and came out of the grave in glorious resurrection. He is as alive today as He was 2,000 years ago when He arose.

Jesus Christ must be the deciding factor in life. Because I am a person, I am personally involved in His life, death and resurrection. The reality of my life and testimony is that His grace saved me when I repented and trusted Him. I can’t explain it any better today than when it happened. Grace is amazing. I was lost; now I am saved!

Jesus Christ is coming again! We do not have to agree on the form but we must agree on the fact. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Well, there it is. When you ask me about my theological position, my only answer is I’m a Baptist preacher who loves preaching the Gospel and chooses not to define myself in any other way.

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