A resolution I wish the Convention had seen

The following resolution was written by John Mann and submitted to the Resolutions Committee, but only the title was given in Wednesday’s bulletin, followed by the word “declined,” so messengers never got to see or vote upon this resolution. [This is the text from SBC Today]:

WHEREAS the Great Commission instructs Christians to make disciples by teaching the commands of Christ; and

WHEREAS Scripture teaches that as the saints are equipped, they will, “no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine,” (Ephesians 4:12, 14); and

WHEREAS Scripture commands us to, “instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,” (1st Timothy 1:3); and

WHEREAS Baptist are historically a people that have been unified around common doctrinal distinctives and convictions; and

WHEREAS the Introduction of the Baptist Faith and Message states, “Baptist are a people of deep beliefs and cherished doctrines,” and

WHEREAS being a witness demands a clear understanding of Whom we witness about, and who we witness to; and

WHEREAS we have observed a compromise of doctrinal distinctives in recent days in various other denominations by sacrificing clear, scriptural principles upon the altar of cultural acceptance for the purpose of a unified ecumenism, which has neither been unifying nor healthy; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that we, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 10-11, 2008 affirm that our mission of reaching the world for Christ must be defined and determined by our doctrine of Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, that our understanding of Christ must inform our witness to Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we repudiate any attempt to teach about God that which is contradictory to clear Scriptural revelation; and be it further

RESOLVED, that, although there are various doctrines open to differing interpretations, there are certain doctrines that cannot be compromised for the purpose of establishing a New Testament church and a unified Convention; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that we encourage all pastors, church members, and churches, to pursue proper doctrinal understanding through teaching and preaching for the purpose of continuing to educate believers in an attempt to edify and equip Southern Baptists to engage the world in conversation about Christ in an evangelistic effort.

-What I liked about this resolution is that, if passed, it would have demonstrated the resolve of the SBC against the Emergent Church Movement, which tends to minimize or even contradict essential Bible doctrine. It also gives prominence to doctrine in such a way that would help to undermine the market-driven pragmatism of the Church Growth Movement. I hope that this resolution does not simply disappear, but that it will be re-presented and continue to gain support, as happened with Res. No. 6.

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One Comment on “A resolution I wish the Convention had seen”


  1. Andrew,

    Don’t you think it strange that we have to have these kinds of resolutions, both #6 and this one? I mean, aren’t the concepts expressed in them contained in the BFM?

    I am glad 6 passed and that this one was put forward, but to me is seems shameful that what is expressed in them is that we do not honor the BFM’s implied mandates, nor do we seem to know what the GC is.


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