Great to hear from you in Russia! I had the opportunity to witness to a couple from Russia yesterday. Some of our folks have been sharing the gospel with them for the last few weeks and it seems that God is convicting them. Prior to this they had never heard the gospel.
It is very hard to answer that question definitively. LifeWay and NAMB have both issued reports of studies about the growth of the doctrines of grace in the SBC in recent years. I have addressed the resurgence in an article published in the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Journal entitled, “The Way We Were, and Are Becoming Again: The Revival of the Doctrines of Grace in the Southern Baptist Convention” (The whole journal, including my article is available in pdf format here; it is the Spring 2008 issue). The LifeWay study indicated that 10% of Southern Baptist pastors are “5 point Calvinists.” The NAMB study indicated that 29% of recent graduates from our SBC seminaries are “5 point Calvinists.” I argue that both figures are conservative due to the methods of research employed and the fact that in the NAMB study only a few graduates of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were surveyed.
Thanks for your encouraging words. Press on!
I consider myself a reformed Baptist and I live in Russia. First of all, thanks a lot for your blog!
I placed a link to this posting in my LJ and then somebody asked a question, what percentage of Southern Baptist preachers/laymen are Calvinists? I am not sure if anybody counted but what would be your estimate? Thank you!