When one reaches my age and has attempted to stay relatively up-to-date about who Southern Baptists are and have been in their rich history since 1845, it wets one's juices when along comes an historical fast ball you didn't even see the pitcher throw >>>
Baptist Press (01/29/1988) attributed the following words to George Harris, (then) Pastor of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas in his announcement to nominate Richard Jackson, (then) Pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church (NPBC), one of a handful of "megachurches" during the 1980s. According to Baptist Press, NPBC ran approximately 5,000 and baptized 1,206 the last recorded year.
Harris reportedly said of Jackson:
"I have no doubt he believes in the verbal inspiration of the word of God... Theologically he is a strict Calvinist, pre-millennialist and a soul-winner" (emphasis added)
While I know what I mean when I use the term "strict Calvinist" I do not know what Harris meant. One would surely be safe to presume Harris meant, at minimum, to describe Jackson as a strong, convictional Calvinist. Transparency forces me to question, however, whether Harris meant to suggest Richard Jackson held to Limited Atonement.
Perhaps an informed reader might log on and enlighten us further about Jackson's understanding of the extent of Christ's cross-work.1 Especially helpful, would be quotes from sermons preached or books Jackson wrote. In addition, if you have helpful information, please include the proper citation.
With that, I am...
1I am not interested in arguing whether or not Limited Atonement is biblical--at least on this piece. Rather I'm inquiring whether Richard Jackson's "strict Calvinism" embraced the T.U.L.I.P.