BWA General Council Resolution 1986.10
The BWA General Council, meeting in Singapore, July 1986:
- reaffirms the 1985 Congress resolution concerning South Africa and is convinced that the apartheid system is an affront to the Christian understanding of life and must be declared a sin against God, for Christians, a heresy;
- expresses its abhorrence at the imposition of a State of Emergency and pleads for the sake of justice and peace that it be terminated immediately;
- expresses its solidarity with the leaders and others in that country who are struggling for a just social order through a multi-racial government based on majority rule, and especially with those who are suffering in that struggle;
- calls for the unconditional release of Nelson Mandela, the recognition of the African National Congress as a negotiating body, the return of political exiles and the imposition of economic sanctions;
- commends the Baptist Union of South Africa for sending a memorandum to the State President and seeking a meeting with him, and encourages it in its further struggle against apartheid;
- finally notes that the BWA Human Rights Commission commends for further study and other action the booklet “Challenge to the Church”, the Kairos Document published by a group of 150 South African theologians.
Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1986 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1986), p. 54.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1986.10 South Africa; https://baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1986.10).