South Park Baptist Church

Grand Prairie, Texas

Majoring on the Minors

Unashamedly, I am a Southern Baptist through and through, so I can critique us because I am one. One of the things charged against Baptists is that we tend to “major on the minors.”  Sometimes we are known for what we stand against more than what we stand for, when it comes to behaviors and character qualities.  When it comes to doctrine, we can get deep in the weeds over so called 'disputed  passages,' and overlook the crystal-clear teaching of scripture.  For example, I Peter 3: 18-20. People focus on the whole discussion of who “the spirits in prison are.” 

I like a good theological discussion as much as anyone, and I certainly have a position on this, but not to the neglect of  v. 18. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust , in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit.” That is perfectly clear and should be the focus of this passage. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, through His death (the just for the unjust), burial, and literal resurrection from the dead, has made it possible for people to be brought to God. To ALL who believe! That is the clear point of this passage and that is what we should major on.