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BWA General Council Resolution 1991.4

RECALLING the prophetic stance taken by the Baptist World Alliance in its resolutions on South Africa at the World Congress in 1985 and at the General Council in 1986 and 1988,

REAFFIRMING its opposition to apartheid as a sin against the Gospel of God’s love for all people,

NOTING some encouraging political and legal developments in South Africa in the past eighteen months,

RECOGNIZING the danger that the recent announcement of the further removal of international sanctions in the economic, cultural and sporting areas may blind us to the continuing and deeply entrenched effects of apartheid,

THEREFORE the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montreal, Canada, July 10- 13, 1991, RESOLVES in solidarity with Baptists and other South Africans who are suffering for their Christian witness, to call upon Baptists worldwide to press for continuing substantial and peaceful change and the attainment of full human rights for all people of South Africa.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991), pp. 37-38.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1991.4 South Africa;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1991.4).

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