Affirmation of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 - Resolution 2001

Affirmation of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 - Resolution 2001

November 2001

Affirmation of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

WHEREAS, South Carolina Baptists have provided historical leadership for Southern Baptists with the first Baptist church in the South, the first Baptist association in the South, and the first state Baptist convention in America; and

WHEREAS The South Carolina Baptist Convention, organized in 1821, was the organizational model for the Southern Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, William Bullein Johnson, a South Carolina Baptist pastor, was elected the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845 at its organizational meeting in Augusta, Georgia; and

 WHEREAS, Since 1845, the South Carolina Baptist Convention has enjoyed a long, fruitful, and mutually beneficial partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention; and
 
WHEREAS, The South Carolina Baptist Convention continues to be held up as a model and a leader in cooperation and progress among Southern Baptists; and

WHEREAS, Since 1925, Southern Baptists, through the Cooperative Program, have cooperated in missions, Christian education and the interests of churches to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and

WHEREAS, It has become increasingly urgent for Southern Baptists to speak and act with decisive clarity in articulating the biblical worldview and in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in need; and

WHEREAS, In response to challenges from the contemporary culture, and in response to the recurring need for confessions of faith to be restated for contemporary observers, the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Orlando, Florida in 2000 adopted a revised Baptist Faith and Message; and

WHEREAS, The distinctively Christian voice of the church is being diluted in the midst of an increasingly pluralistic American religious community; and,

WHEREAS, The South Carolina Baptist Convention has, in the past, affirmed the Baptist Faith and Message; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the 181st annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention reaffirm our historic partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we reaffirm our commitment to the Cooperative Program as our preferred tool for the funding of missions, Christian education, and the interests of churches in South Carolina and throughout the Southern Baptist Convention; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we recognize the role and importance of statements of faith in defining us for our culture and in declaring our distinctives within the Christian community; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we affirm the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 2000.

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