Peacemaking

Peacemaking

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance has often addressed peace issues, most recently in 1985 and 1986. Again in 1988, as the Council meets in the Bahamas, we:

Reaffirm previous resolutions that have spoken to peace with disarmament and peace with justice, and

Welcome the completion of the treaty calling for the elimination of intermediate range nuclear equipped missiles for the United States of America and the USSR and encourage work toward understandings which will lead to the reduction of all levels of military forces.

We commend the pursuit of the disarmament goals of the United Nations and urge governments of the world to participate in the multilateral disarmament negotiations conducted under U.N. auspices, looking toward the establishment of international security for all.

We enthusiastically support the worldwide profess leading toward a World Convocation in Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, and we encourage our churches to participate in that process.

In view of hostilities between and within countries in the Middle East and strife-torn regions ofAsia, Africa and Latin America, we

Encourage all Christians and other of good will to continue in the quest for good neighborliness and confidence-building measures among nations because we believe such efforts are consistent with the gospel of peace and truth Christians seek to proclaim;

Affirm the efforts of Baptist peacemakers to link together a global network of fellow believers committed to “seek peace and pursue it; and

Call on every Baptist church in our worldwide family to pray that we, as individuals and congregations, will be patient peacemakers in our warring world, bearing faithful witness to Jesus Christ who is the source of peace and justice.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 72.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5 Peacemaking; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5).

Peacemaking

Nuclear Proliferation

BWA General Council Resolution 1998.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Durban. July 5-11,1998
REGRETS the recent nuclear testing by India and Pakistan that has led to renewed global concern

about nuclear proliferation;
DEPLORES the failure of the world’s other nuclear powers to effectively discourage the spread of

nuclear weapons;
CALLS UPON all nuclear powers to ratify the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty, establish a

no-first-use policy and vigorously pursue efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons; and

URGES Baptist Unions and Conventions to encourage their respective national governments to work for the eventual elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.

Citations

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), p. 111.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1998.3 Nuclear Proliferation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1998.3).