I never thought that I'd see the day that modern Southern Baptists would refer to themselves as a Sandy Creeker or a Calvinist, but here we are. I was already looking for some good source documents on the early Baptist confessions because I have always just taken everyone's word on the content of them (ie. reformed or not). Recently, another blog post has again pressed me to want to read and study the early Baptist confessions. I did a quick web search* of said documents and found something that, quite frankly, surprised me. I had always assumed that the Sandy Creek Baptists would have been Arminian/Pelagian in their soteriology because of what I have always heard from people about them. Anyway, I found a Sandy Creek statement of faith that I would have no problem adopting. Read it here or here.
A couple of questions:
1.) Did Sandy Creek Baptists hold to a reformed soteriology or does their statement of faith speak generally and allow for interpretations that explain away clear meaning.
2.) Does anyone know of a good book for source document confessions and creeds. I have seen a few, but would like some input to any that may not have crossed my desk. If you are Richard Bailey (sorry Richard, I can't believe I put Jason in there at first) or Paul Lamey, please stoop to comment because I value your opinion on good books.
*I don't recommend the internet as a primary means of gathering information, but it was the best I could do given that I am in a hotel with 47 youth choir students. If all you ever read is internet sources, then you'll probably end up misspelling your tatoo.