agree to study Baptist Faith and Message
--By Keith Hinson
ATLANTA, June 16--In a 54-46 percent vote, Southern Baptist Convention
messengers approved a motion calling for the appointment of a committee to study its
Baptist Faith and Message statement and bring a report to the 2000 convention meeting in
The ballot vote on the motion was 2,327-1,963.
In supporting his motion, T.C. Pinckney, of Good News Baptist Church,
Alexandria, Va., acknowledged the 1998 addition of an article on the family to the Baptist
Faith and Message but noted the document was adopted in 1963.
"The intervening 36 years have been momentous ones for the
Southern Baptist Convention," stated Pinckney, who is editor of the Baptist Banner, a
Virginia-based conservative journal. "I believe it is appropriate at this time that
the Baptist Faith and Message be reviewed and that it be made consistent with the current
stand of the Southern Baptist Convention."
A.J. Smith, of Macedonia Baptist Church, Dryridge, Ky., spoke in
support of Pinckney's motion.
"Southern Baptists need a statement of faith that is precise and
unambiguous," Smith said, citing three additional reasons for his agreement with the
-- "Southern Baptists need a statement of faith that is written in
plain, easy-to-understand language."
-- "Southern Baptists need a statement that is biblically based,
consistent with our heritage and focused on the primary tenets of the faith."
-- "Southern Baptists need a statement of faith that is in all its
parts logically consistent."
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