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Old January 26th, 2011 #1
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Resolution On Racial Reconciliation On The 150th Anniversary Of The Southern Baptist Convention

June 1995

WHEREAS, Since its founding in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention has been an effective instrument of God in missions, evangelism, and social ministry; and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach that Eve is the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20), and that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him (Acts 10:34-35), and that God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth (Acts 17:26); and

WHEREAS, Our relationship to African-Americans has been hindered from the beginning by the role that slavery played in the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, Many of our Southern Baptist forbears defended the right to own slaves, and either participated in, supported, or acquiesced in the particularly inhumane nature of American slavery; and

WHEREAS, In later years Southern Baptists failed, in many cases, to support, and in some cases opposed, legitimate initiatives to secure the civil rights of African-Americans; and

WHEREAS, Racism has led to discrimination, oppression, injustice, and violence, both in the Civil War and throughout the history of our nation; and

WHEREAS, Racism has divided the body of Christ and Southern Baptists in particular, and separated us from our African-American brothers and sisters; and

WHEREAS, Many of our congregations have intentionally and/or unintentionally excluded African-Americans from worship, membership, and leadership; and

WHEREAS, Racism profoundly distorts our understanding of Christian morality, leading some Southern Baptists to believe that racial prejudice and discrimination are compatible with the Gospel; and

WHEREAS, Jesus performed the ministry of reconciliation to restore sinners to a right relationship with the Heavenly Father, and to establish right relations among all human beings, especially within the family of faith.

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers to the Sesquicentennial meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20-22, 1995, unwaveringly denounce racism, in all its forms, as deplorable sin; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we affirm the Bibles teaching that every human life is sacred, and is of equal and immeasurable worth, made in Gods image, regardless of race or ethnicity (Genesis 1:27), and that, with respect to salvation through Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for (we) are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28); and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery from which we continue to reap a bitter harvest, and we recognize that the racism which yet plagues our culture today is inextricably tied to the past; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we apologize to all African-Americans for condoning and/or perpetuating individual and systemic racism in our lifetime; and we genuinely repent of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously (Psalm 19:13) or unconsciously (Leviticus 4:27); and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we ask forgiveness from our African-American brothers and sisters, acknowledging that our own healing is at stake; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we hereby commit ourselves to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry; and

Be it further RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to be doers of the Word (James 1:22) by pursuing racial reconciliation in all our relationships, especially with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:6), to the end that our light would so shine before others, that they may see (our) good works and glorify (our) Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16); and

Be it finally RESOLVED, That we pledge our commitment to the Great Commission task of making disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19), confessing that in the church God is calling together one people from every tribe and nation (Revelation 5:9), and proclaiming that the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the only certain and sufficient ground upon which redeemed persons will stand together in restored family union as joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
Old January 26th, 2011 #2
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This whacky, ass-licking pronouncement was produced well into the much maligned/beloved "conservative take-over" of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This resolution was produced by the "conservatives." It was produced by the actually-literate, as opposed to functionally literate, who comprise the majority of this non-denomination denomination's membership.

If you think you can work with these people, you are living in fantasyland.
Old January 26th, 2011 #3
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Compare this to similar pronouncements from denominations higher on the totem pole. They all have one (or more).

But there's a big difference. As you go up the ladder, the adherents tend to be more fashionable. Episcopalians have practically pseudo-sainted MLK, for instance. But they don't actually believe the bullshit, which you see by their actions as opposed to their words.

Baptists believe it, which is why they're always a generation behind when the winds shift.
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The bigger problem group is all local, state, and federal government employees. Christians of all flavors are a mere fraction of the number of government employees who get paid to trespass upon our rights and destroy our Republic and freedom through any number of programs including forced diversity and very likely a group that is majority non-White.
Old January 26th, 2011 #5
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The question I have is- was this resolution the result only of their own navel-gazing, or study of scripture- or of outside pressure. Or were they just going along with modern trends.

Could a "suggestion" have been planted by the PTB that such a resolution would make it easier to hold onto the tax exemption?

How many "ideological shifts" come from threats or promises?

I heard that Gates got busted by anti-trust for not doughnating enough to both parties.

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Old January 26th, 2011 #6
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Old January 26th, 2011 #7
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Old January 27th, 2011 #8
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Who signed that flatulent document listed in the OP???
Old October 20th, 2011 #9
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I was raised Southern Baptist, and I know that they might be anti-racist in principle, but their congregations generally don't reflect that. I am opposed to them for many reasons. Look at the part in that document that said Eve is the mother of all humans. They meant that literally. I believe that most Christian denominations today are embodying what CS Lewis called "Christianity and," in this case, "Christianity and creationism." To them, denying creationism is denying God. That's one of many reasons that I left.
Old November 26th, 2011 #10
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They finally came to a reconsiliation. Here is the new Baptist service.



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