According to Louisiana Southern Baptist pastor, Earl Blackburn, Arminianism is not rampant in the Southern Baptist Convention. Rather Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism is and has crept into Southern Baptist churches and institutions.
After rehearsing a brief historical sketch of the Pelagian controversy in the fifth century A.D. in which Pelagius's teaching on human depravity was condemned as being "outside the bounds" of orthodoxy, Blackburn laments in his sermon "A Historic Southern Baptist View of the Fall of Man" (beginning at the 54:50 mark):
What is sad today...What is sad as I look over the Southern Baptist scene, it's not Arminianism. I can work with a flaming Arminian. Because they believe in prevenient grace; they believe that the Spirit of God must come upon people; must draw people; must woo people; and that there is a real thing called conversion. It's known as the new birth and salvation and etc. It's not Pelagianism [correction]...it's not Arminianism but it's Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism that's crept into our convention and into some of our institutions. An unaffected, untainted, unfettered, unmolested free will is so exalted that salvation, like Pelagius believed, is little more than a mental decision and not a divine work of grace and regeneration at all. To deny the transference of Adam's guilt and sin to his progeny is to fly into the face of Paul's entire argument of Romans 5:12-21. Especially the under-girding truth of the imputation and as an insidious ploy, I believe, to dismantle the gospel. Though I believe that some who hold this do love Christ; I'm not unchurching them. But when you study it, it dismantles the Gospel.
Plainly stated, a denial of this biblical teaching, especially the imputation of the first sin and guilt of Adam, is outside the bounds of orthodoxy. God bluntly asserts in His Word that He has...His just sentence of condemnation was imposed and imputed upon every person because of the specific sin and transgression of the one man Adam even though a person had not committed Adam's particular sin.
We're glad to know where Founders Calvinists like Earl Blackburn stand. Apparently, they are much more comfortable cooperating with Arminian Baptists--perhaps the National Association of Free Will Baptists--than they are cooperating with Southern Baptists like me for I don't buy for a Georgia minute Blackburn's polemical assertions on Romans 5:12-21. He speaks as if there exists no viably alternative reading of Romans 5:12-21 contra his standard Calvinistic talking points. For instance, rather than exegete Romans 5:12 as "all sinned" Blackburn pulls Augustine's eisegetical rabbit out of the hat by adding to God's Word--"all sinned in Adam." Of course, to hear Blackburn and other Calvinists defend such an unpardonable interpretative sin, they're only doing good theology. In short, according to them, they're but offering a theological interpretation of the biblical text.
Nor are there just a few Southern Baptists in history who've failed to buy into the Calvinist's interpretation of Romans 5:12-21 including E.C. Dargan, E.Y. Mullins, W.T. Conner, Herschel Hobbs, and J.W. MacGorman. Even so, Blackburn implies the theological doctrine of human depravity to which these eminent theologians held to be "out of bounds" of historic Christian orthodoxy. Indeed to take Blackburn at his word, we are expected to believe Dargan, Mullins, Conner, Hobbs, and MacGorman (only to name a few) were apparently involved in an insidious ploy to dismantle the gospel. Consequently, I, along with millions of other Southern Baptists--including thousands of Southern Baptist pastors--am also "out of bounds" of historic Christian orthodoxy and apparently am part of an insidious ploy to dismantle the gospel. Why not just say it? Like Pelagius, I'm a heretic according to Blackburn. Perhaps that's why he can easily work with 'flaming' Arminians but apparently not with Southern Baptists like me.
If anyone wants to know why there is a Calvinist controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention, look no further than the polemical theological bigotry coming out of the 1845 Conference, the same bigoted theological rhetoric that has come from Founders Ministries since 1982. Non-Calvinists did not start this theological division Southern Baptists are experiencing today. Rather Calvinists like Blackburn did with their polemically-charged theological war propaganda that makes millions of Southern Baptists like myself into unorthodox Christians--if Christians at all--who hold to unadulterated humanistic salvation completely void of the Spirit of God (i.e. "[salvation is] little more than a mental decision and not a divine work of grace and regeneration").