SBC Membership Resolution Passes

My good friend John Jordan called me this morning from the Convention floor to tell me that the resolution on regenerate church membership passed.  He said it was just wonderful to be there and watch the support for the resolution as the amendments were initially not being fully supported.

As resolutions go, whatever it ends up meaning and however it ends up working it passed.

On Regenerate Church Membership and Church Member Restoration

WHEREAS, The ideal of a regenerate church membership has long been and remains a cherished Baptist principle, with Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message describing the church as a “local congregation of baptized believers”; and

WHEREAS, A New Testament church is composed only of those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Word, becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, the local church’s only Lord, by grace through faith (John 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9); and

WHEREAS, Local associations, state conventions, and the Southern Baptist Convention compile statistics reported by the churches to make decisions for the future; and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures admonish us to seek to restore any professed brother or sister in Christ who has strayed from the truth and is in sin (Matthew 18:15-35, Galatians 6:1); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 10-11, 2008, urge churches to maintain a regenerate membership by acknowledging the necessity of spiritual regeneration and Christ’s lordship for all members; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we humbly urge our churches to maintain accurate membership rolls for the purpose of fostering ministry and accountability among all members of the congregation; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we humbly urge the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and their pastors to implement a plan to minister to, counsel, and restore wayward church members based upon the commands and principles given in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-35; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).

I pray this will be convicting across the Convention. It may be a little off-putting for some folks to realize that we really don’t have 16 million members.


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1 ABClay June 13, 2008 at 11:00 am

I am especially thankful for the spirit in which the amendments to this resolution were agreed upon and put forth (post committee hacking) considering the parties involved and the recent history involved.
The president of the convention could set the example of proper implementation…if he will.
Grace and peace…


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