A very “Calvinistic” sermon from SBC President Johnny Hunt
In yesterday’s chapel service at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, preached a sermon on Psalm 119:33-40. Many readers will recognize that Johnny Hunt is the pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA, which is hosting the anti-Calvinist “John 3:16 Conference,” and so you may be surprised that I would describe Hunt’s sermon from yesterday as “Calvinistic.” But what do we mean when we use the term “Calvinism”? Most people identify the term with the traditional “five points” of Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and the Perseverance of the saints. But we miss the point if we fail to understand that these “five points” are pillars which uphold the doxological truth that salvation is by God’s sovereign grace: that if we are to be saved from the judgment our sins deserve, it must be due to God’s choice, not ours, granting us undeserved favor through the work of Christ. This doxological truth was clearly proclaimed as Hunt made application of Psalm 119:33-40, bringing this text into focus by comparing it with other texts throughout Scripture. If the reader pays special attention to what Hunt declares in the section just after the middle-point of the sermon, as he preaches Psalm 119:35- “Make me walk in path of Your commandments, for I delight in it,” I believe that you will find Hunt preaches the powerlessness of Man and the absolute necessity of God’s work if we are to please Him.
I commend this sermon [which can be heard HERE] to SBF readers, and ask anyone reading this to consider:
1. Does what Hunt proclaims in this sermon make any sense at all apart from a Calvinistic perspective?
2. Does anything Hunt proclaims in this sermon contradict the Calvinistic perspective?
So that comments may be focused on the questions above, I ask readers to refrain from commenting until you have taken the time to listen to the sermon.Doctrinal Issues