Fundamental Freedoms

Fundamental Freedoms

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3

Ever since the Baptist World Congress in Atlanta in 1939 the Baptist World Alliance has spoken out with regularity on behalf of religious freedom for all persons, and in more recent years on behalf of civil liberties generally.

Therefore we welcome the proclamation by the United Nations in November 1981 of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief. We urge the United Nations to proceed with the drafting of a covenant, to be offered to the nations for signature and ratification, which would translate the declaration into law. We ask our member bodies to encourage the irrespective governments to participate in such a treaty-making process.

We take note with regret that the existing International Covenants on Human Rights (and optional protocol) have not obtained the support of all nations. We also note that there are international conventions on specific aspects of human rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and that these conventions have been adhered to by all the apportioned organizations here represented. We ask our member bodies to review such covenants and conventions with a view to encouraging the non-ratifying governments to signify their adherence thereto.

We proclaim once more that the God who gave us life called us to liberty. We are committed to the teaching of the New Testament concerning the importance of freedom as well as its source (John 8:36; Galatians 5).

Meeting as we are on the Continent of Africa, we are acutely conscious of the need for further progress toward the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, particularly where governments restrict the fundamental freedom of one or more races within their jurisdiction. We appeal to all governments to promptly abolish restrictions of a racial nature including the evil called apartheid and those which restrict freedom of expression freedom of association and freedom of movement.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 70.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3 Fundamental Freedoms; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3).

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Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.7

Recognizing the historic nature of our presence in Africa, the Baptist World Alliance General Council and Study Commissions express our deep appreciation:

  • To the government of Kenya for hosting our meetings, extending to us their welcome and visas to all participants.
  • To the Baptist Convention of Kenya for their warm greetings and gracious hospitality.
  • To the missionaries in Kenya of the Southern Baptist Convention and other local volunteers.
  • To the staff and officers of the Alliance for their labor and commitment which combined to make this meeting an outstanding success.
  • To the members of the General Council and Study Commissions and to churches and their conventions/unions that have assumed the personal costs of travel and lodging and so have helped to ease the Alliance’s budgeting commitment.

We rejoice that our fellowship in Christ transcends all the barriers that otherwise divide.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 75.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.7 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.7).

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International Year of Youth

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5

WE TAKE NOTE that 1985 has been set apart as the International Year of Youth.

WE BELIEVE this to be an important emphasis in view of the following statistics published by the United Nations:

a) In 1980 there were 657 million young people under 35 years of age in the world. By 2000 it is estimated that there will be 880 million.

b) In the same period the number of young people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have doubled.

WE CALL UPON Baptists of the world, in cooperation with other Christians, to make one of their evangelistic goals the winning of a whole new generation of young people for Christ, by sharing with them the Gospel of hope as the only answer to the many problems and dangers facing them — nuclear threat, unemployment, drugs, hunger, poverty, materialism, racism, violence, etc.

WE ESPECIALLY URGE the Alliance, the Regional fellowships, the member conventions and unions and all our churches to promote leadership training among young people under 35 and entrust greater responsibility to them in the life and mission of the church.

WE WOULD ENCOURAGE the Nominating Committee and President-nominee to give careful consideration to the placement of young people in the committees, commissions and programs of the Alliance.

WE UNDERTAKE to do all within our power to encourage and enable maximum participation by young people in the Los Angeles Congress.

FINALLY, WE UNDERLINE the three-fold motivation of this resolution:
a) to bring to the world’s young people the blessings of salvation through Jesus Christ alone;
b) to recognize and receive the significant contribution which young people have to make;
c) to develop experienced and gifted Christian leadership for the future of both Church and Society.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), pp. 87-88.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5 International Year of Youth; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5).

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The Evangelization of the Peoples of Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude to Almighty God the movement of the Holy Spirit seen in the dramatic expansion of the churches in the continent of Africa, and in particular the growth of BWA member churches of approximately 50% over the past five years;

CALLS UPON the Executive Committee of the BWA to give special consideration to ways of supporting the All-Africa Baptist Fellowship in the terms laid out by the President of the BWA in the report and in the spirit of partnership spelled out in the 1987 Declaration of Ibadan; and

URGES the worldwide Baptist constituency to continue to support our African brothers and sisters as partners in mission, acknowledging the crucial role of Africans in winning Africans to Christ and doing everything possible to increase resources for their work.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 107.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.1 The Evangelization of the Peoples of Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.1).

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Poverty and the Nations

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

EXPRESSES concern the effects of drought and patterns of international trade and aid have exacerbated conditions of famine, poverty and disease amongst the many poor and disadvantaged peoples of the nations of the South, not least in the continent of Africa.

CALLS upon the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to examine the Structural Adjustment Programmes prescribed for 19 African countries and other poor nations, and to seek ways to eliminate the serious disadvantages such programmes cause.

URGES the nations of the developed North and their financial institutions to forgive debts and interest repayments from impoverished nations;

IMPLORES all nations whose arms sales contribute to the problems to cease this lethal trade.

REQUESTS the Baptist World Alliance its member bodies to avoid practices which transfer wealth inappropriately; and

INSTRUCTS the Baptist World Aid Committee to suggest actions for churches and member bodies to take in addressing concerns identified in the Forum on Poverty held at this General Council.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 110.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.4 Poverty and the Nations; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.4).