I think you will find the quotes below to be illuminating and encouraging to your own faith. The figures below represent a sample of some of the greatest theologians, pastors and statesmen in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. Today we will consider key figures from the SBC's early beginnings in the 19th century and tomorrow we will consider insights from key leaders from the later years of the twentieth century.
1. John L. Dagg
President, Mercer University
…what was spoken and written by inspiration, came with as high authority as if it had proceeded from God without the use of human instrumentality. …Their peculiarities of thought, feeling, and style, had no more effect to prevent what they spoke and wrote from being the word of God, than their peculiarities of voice or of chirography. The question, whether inspiration extended to the very words of revelation, as well as to the thoughts and reasoning, is answered by Paul: "We preach, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth."
--Manual of Theology (1857)
First President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Southern Baptist Convention, (1872-79,1888)
"How came it (the Bible) to be written? God inspired holy men to write it. Did they write it exactly as God wished? Yes; as much as if He had written every word himself. Ought it, therefore, to be believed and obeyed? Yes; as much as though God had spoken directly to us."
--A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine