Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, July 5-7, 2017:

AFFIRMS freedom of religion and belief as a core value borne out in Baptist history and opposes all forms of discrimination based on faith or religion;

RECALLS that freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental pillar in the Constitution of the United States of America;

NOTES that the current travel ban on residents of several Muslim-majority nations raises serious concerns about religious freedom and contravenes the BWA conviction that no law should be used to discriminate on the basis of religion;

URGES President Donald Trump and the United States Government to affirm the historic commitment to religious freedom for all people as the legal process around the travel ban continues; and

CALLS upon Baptists in the United States to defend the cherished Baptist principle of religious

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2017 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2017), p. 147.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3 Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2017.3).

Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

Crisis in the Near and Middle East

BWA General Council Resolution 1981.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance wishes to state its concern and position regarding multiple but interrelated crises in the Near and Middle East in the following expressions:

  1. We express our profound concern regarding the blatant disregard for human rights, civil liberties and national self-determination.
  2. We express our resistance to the pattern whereby powers outside the Near and Middle East manipulate the geo-political situation for national advantage.
  3. We express our commitment to the pursuit of peace, liberty and social justice simultaneously.
  4. We call on Baptists in every land to pray for peace in the Near and Middle East.
  5. We urge all Baptists to become informed about the ethical and moral dimensions of political conflict in the Near and Middle East.
  6. We urge Baptists to appeal through all possible channels to effect peaceful political change.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981), p. 39.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1981.4 Crisis in the Near and Middle East; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

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).

Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

2010 BWA World Congress Message

The Baptist World Alliance is a global movement of Baptists sharing a common confession of faith in Jesus Christ bonded together by God’s love to support, encourage and strengthen one another while proclaiming and living the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit before a lost and hurting world.

At the 20th Baptist World Congress, meeting July 28-August 1, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawai’i:

We came

  • to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church
  • to experience the fellowship of the global Baptist family
  • to feel the security of being embraced by brothers and sisters from around the globe We heard
  • the “Aloha” of the Hawaiian people and experienced their spirit of hospitality
  • the vital importance of living and leading in the anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • that we must reclaim the urgency of proclaiming a liberating gospel that brings about transformation
  • the testimonies of brothers and sisters who have experienced persecution, oppression, marginalization, natural disasters and human-induced disaster

• the challenge to share the power of the gospel of Christ to rescue those living without the hope of Christ

We saw

  • the beauty of God’s good creation
  • diversity in cultural expression, dress and worship styles
  • the unity of the global family and the joy of friendship in Christ Now, in step with the Spirit who gives and redeems life in Jesus Christ, we confess anew that all persons are created in the image of God and are therefore worthy of receiving his redemptive grace.

In step with the Spirit, we renew our commitment to:

  • communicate, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the truth of God in Jesus Christ as the hope of the world. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed to:
    • develop greater familiarity with the teachings of Christ
    • cultivate a rich prayer life
    • bear witness to the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ
    • provide examples of godly living reflecting the values taught by the Lord of the church
    • support the values reflected in the UN Millennium Development Goals. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed us to:
  • remove the scourge of poverty and hunger
  • support efforts to provide universal education
  • work for environmental sustainability
  • promote gender equality
  • improve child health and maternal health
  • combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • develop global partnerships Enabled by the Spirit, let us commit ourselves to create an environment in which God’s mercy and truth become evident. Let us shine the light of God’s love in every place of human need.

Keywords

BWA; Creation Care; Discipleship; Diversity; Education; Environment; Evangelism; Gender Equality; Hawai’i; Health; Hunger; Justice; Liberation; Liberty; Mission; Persecution; Poverty; Racism; Unity.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Hear the Spirit: Official Report of the Twentieth Baptist World Congress, Honolulu, Hawai’i, July 28-August 1, 2010. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2010.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Hear the Spirit: Official Report of the Twentieth Baptist World Congress, Honolulu, Hawai’i, July 28-August 1, 2010 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2010), pp. 23-24.

Online Document Full Citation: 2010 BWA World Congress Message; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (2010 BWA World Congress Message).

Resolution on Religious Liberty in the USA

2005 BWA World Congress Message

Message from the Centenary Congress
Birmingham,
United Kingdom July 2005

TO BAPTIST BELIEVERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD with love and joy from those assembled together in Birmingham, UK, at the Centenary Congress of the BWA

Together those Assembled—

The Hope of a New Heaven and a New Earth

1. Renew our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour, our guide and friend, in the power of the Holy Spirit and we affirm our life together as a community of faith looking forward in hope to Christ’s return and God’s New Heaven and a New Earth;

Our Triune God

2. Believe in the one eternal God who revealed Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

3. Rejoice that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, revealed in the Scriptures as fully God and fully human, and whose life shows us the way of true discipleship, was crucified for us and was raised from the dead on the third day to save us from our sins;

Scripture

4. Declare that the divinely inspired Old and New Testament Scriptures have supreme authority as the written Word of God and are fully trustworthy for faith and conduct;

The Church and the Kingdom

5. Believe the Christian faith is best understood and experienced within the community of God’s people called to be priests to one another, as these Scriptures are read and studied together. We thank God for all

those who study God’s word and seek to put its teachings into practice individually and collectively through congregational polity;

6. Understand that our worship, mission, baptism and celebrating of the Lord’s Supper, joyously witnesses to God’s great purposes in creation and redemption;

7. Believe our gathering churches, with other true Christian churches, are called to be witnesses to the Kingdom of God. To that end we pray, work and hope for God’s Kingdom as we proclaim its present and coming reality;

8. Declare that through the Holy Spirit we experience interdependence with those who share this dynamic discipleship of the church as the people of God. As such, we affirm Christian marriage and family life;

9. Repent for not having prayed and worked hard enough to fulfil the prayer of Christ for the church’s unity. We commit ourselves to pray and work to further the unity of Christian believers;

10. Affirm that Believers’ Baptism by immersion is the biblical way to publicly declare discipleship for those who have repented of sin and come to personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour;

The Work of Christ: Atonement and Redemption

11. Affirm the dignity of all people, male and female, because they are created in God’s image and called to be holy. We acknowledge we are corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement;

12. Confess the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross, dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, who by this love reconciles believers with our loving God;

Stewardship of God’s Creation

13. Proclaim our love of God’s created world and affirm our commitment to the stewardship of God’s creation.

Our Mission

14. Declare that God gives spiritual gifts to believers who are called to live a life of worship, service and mission. These gifts are discerned and confirmed by the believing community together;

15. Know that in the Great Commission, every believer, empowered by God, is called to be a missionary, learning and sharing more of Christ that the world might believe;

Religious Freedom and Justice

16. Confess that faith in Christ entails a passionate commitment to religious liberty, freedom, peace and justice;

17. Affirm that in Jesus Christ all people are equal. We oppose all forms of slavery, racism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing and so will do all in our power to address and confront these sins;

Now, at this centenary gathering these things we declare, affirm and covenant to the Lord Jesus Christ and to each other, believing the truth found in Him and revealed in the Scriptures. We, recognising that this is a partial and incomplete confession of faith, boldly declare that we believe the truth is found in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Because we have faith and trust in Him so we resolve to proclaim and demonstrate that faith to all the world.

Amen and Amen. Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus, come.

Keywords

BWA; Apartheid; Baptism; Baptist Core Convictions; Baptist Doctrine; Creation Care; Discipleship; Environment; Evangelism; Justice; Liberty; Mission; Racism; Religious Freedom.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Jesus Christ Living Water: Official Report of the Centenary Baptist World Congress, Birmingham, England, July 27-31, 2005. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Jesus Christ Living Water: Official Report of the Centenary Baptist World Congress, Birmingham, England, July 27-31, 2005 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006), pp. 155-157.

Online Document Full Citation: 2005 BWA World Congress Message from the Centenary Congress; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (2005 BWA World Congress Message).