As one who is doctrinally a Reformed Baptist as well as a member of a Southern Baptist church, I have been looking forward to the release of a book for several months: Ready for Reformation? by Tom Nettles (a professor at the seminary I attend). Baptist Press has just posted an article on the publication of this important work, "SBC reformation: ‘the work is not yet done,’ Nettles writes."
This news release expresses the heart of Nettles’ latest book:
While asserting that inerrancy is foundational for a genuine reformation, Nettles believes Southern Baptists now must teach and live out the doctrinal content of an inerrant Bible.
“The task of reclaiming is not complete,” he writes. “If only the acceptance of the divine authority of the deposit (the Scriptures) gains adherence but the content of the treasure itself lies dormant, the recovery is a sham. The formal principle without the material principle does not make a reformation.
“For recovery or reformation to be full, the content of the revelation must also be rediscovered and proclaimed.” Renewed attention to “a sweeping historic confessional theology” will inspire a broader and deeper grasp of truth and more love for God, he writes.
It also provides Nettles' nine tracks necessary for the Southern Baptist reformation to continue. All I can say is, "Amen!" I suggest reading this summary and then picking up a copy of Nettles' important book. May we continue to seek fidelity to God and His Word.