The Ephesians 4 Project: Article X
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Unifying Principles from Article X.
If there were no other doctrine in the Baptist Faith & Message to prove that Southern Baptists are doctrinally unified on the whole, the BF & M’s statement on the doctrine of eschatology would be sufficient. There is no particular eschatological view being touted here, although the wording would be more akin to what a post-tribulation, historic premillennialist would say.
All Southern Baptists agree that God will bring an end to the world as we know it “in His own time and in His own way,” despite what false teachers like Harold Camping say. All agree that Jesus will deliver His chosen bride from the wrath of God to come and perfect judgment will be meted out. The “unrighteous will be consigned to Hell” and the “righteous . . . will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.”
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
For His Glory,
I'm not sure about this unity thing when it comes to eschatology! Just kidding. Once again, the BF&M does a great job of leaving plenty of room for nuances and even disagreement over major details. You know, something just hit me. I feel an article coming on! There are those who want to dis Mohler's theological triage, but the BF&M is a perfect example of the concept. It's totally hitting on primary and secondary doctrines and avoiding tertiary ones. It majors on the majors and minors on the minors. Let's be honest, there's much more doctrinally to decide on that what the BF&M addresses, but that's how the framers framed it. It's supposed to be a minimalist, concensus-building document.
Ben, you've pinpointed the entire reason that I've pursued The Ephesians 4 Project. To lose our heads over most secondary, and for sure tertiary, issues is unmerited and inappropriate according to the language of the BF & M itself.