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BWA General Council Resolution 1998.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting In Durban July 5-11, 1998

APPLAUDS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that Is playing an active role in helping to bring healing following the end of apartheid and the establishment of democratic rule in South Africa;

COMMENDS the efforts of South African Baptists led by Desmond Hoffmeister, General Secretary of the Baptist Convention of South Africa, and Terry Rae, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, and encourages their continuing resolve to work under God’s inspiration and guidance toward a Just reconciliation between these two communities;

EXPRESSES Its profound hope that similar efforts can be effective in restoring relationships between and among the peoples of Burundi and Rwanda;

RECOGNISES that the primary reconciliation with which we are concerned Is that of having individuals being reconciled with God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work, and to such we dedicate ourselves along with other ministries of reconciliation; and

CHALLENGES Baptists everywhere to address differences and resolve conflict through the use of biblical principles of reconciliation.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1998 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1998), pp. 110-111.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1998.2 Reconciliation;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1998.2).

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