over 150 years have passed since the SBC formed, but we can take a look at what the churches who started the convention believed.
church historian timothy george writes:
By the nineteenth century, Baptists had produced
many [confessions such as]... the Philadelphia Confession
of Faith, a document printed for the Philadelphia Baptist
Association by Benjamin Franklin in 1742.
By the 1830s it exerted a magisterial influence
among Baptists North and South. At the founding meeting
of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, each of the 293
"delegates," as they were then called, who gathered in Augusta,
Georgia, belonged to churches that embraced this confessional standard.
[full article in its entireity is found here]
-Copyright (c) 1999 First Things 93 (May 1999): 17-24.