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Southern Baptists “Stand With the Bishops” Against the White House ^ | June 28, 2012 | Gail Finke

Posted on 06/28/2012 7:49:44 PM PDT by Salvation

Southern Baptists “Stand With the Bishops” Against the White House


At its Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Religious Liberty.

Representing about 45,000 individual churches with 16 million members, the Southern Baptist Convention is a voluntary organization whose members agree on a statement of beliefs. Almost 8,000 “messengers,” or church representatives, attended the Annual Meeting. The SBC made history this year by electing its first African-American President, Rev. Fred Luter, Jr. It also made history by, for the first time, directing its members to work with Catholics in the fight to preserve religious liberty.

Dr. Richard Land, head of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

“Our religious freedom is under attack,” says Dr. Richard Land, who heads the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Former Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Criswell College, where he taught Theology and Church History, Dr. Land has worked with then-Texas Governor William Clements, Jr., and former President George W. Bush on church-state issues, and served five terms with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is the author of The Divided States of America: What Liberals and Conservatives Get Wrong About Faith and Politics, and numerous other books about religion and public policy.

Rev. Fred Luter, President of the SBC

Calling the HHS Rule mandating that all insurance policies cover contraception, sterilization, and “morning after” abortifacient drugs the latest in “a disturbing pattern” of actions encroaching on religious liberty, Dr. Land has worked with New York’s Cardinal Dolan and Baltimore’s Archbishop Lori on religious liberty issues. Last month his commission organized a day-long event on the issue for Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Jewish, Mormon, and other religious leaders.

“We took an unprecedented action at the convention this year,” Dr. Land explains. “Our booth is one of the most popular — we probably had six or seven thousand people stop by. We passed out information about how to get on the USCCB web site and how to adapt what they have for the Fortnight for Freedom for Southern Baptists.”

Although relations between Southern Baptists and Catholics have not always been cordial, Dr. Land says the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission received no complaints about the suggestion to visit the USCCB site, and the resolution passed “overwhelmingly.”

“We stand with the bishops on this,” he says. “The United States government is attempting to make people do what they believe is unconscionable. For Catholics, it’s contraception. For Southern Baptists, it’s abortifacients. We find it utterly unacceptable.”

Several resolutions were adopted at the Convention, including one about same-sex “marriage” and one laying out a shared understanding of the popular “Sinner’s Prayer” used by many member churches. The religious liberty resolution calls on the President to rescind the HHS mandate and reverse the decision to require Americans to contribute to an abortion fund as part of the their health care plans; on the military to respect the religious freedom of chaplains and allow all members of the armed services to express their beliefs about the morality of homosexual acts; and on the Department of Justice to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.

The text of the resolution follows. 


WHEREAS, God has made the human conscience inviolable (Romans 2:14–15; 1 Corinthians 4:3–5; 8:12; 10:29); and

WHEREAS, God has granted to all human beings the freedom to worship or not to worship according to the dictates of their consciences (Matthew 23:37; Revelation 3:20); and

WHEREAS, History is replete with examples of the disastrous results of governmental efforts to interfere with individual con- science and religious belief; and

WHEREAS, Our Baptist forebears suffered great persecution from civil authorities, including beatings, imprisonment, and death because of their commitment to the inviolable nature of conscience and faith; and (Go to Page 2)

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholichhsmandate; obamacare; religiousfreedom
Good news!

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1 posted on 06/28/2012 7:49:50 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
There are more examples of cooperation between Baptists and Catholics.

In Amarillo there is a hospital named Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital. Incredible cooperation is totally transparent.

My daughter was born at St. Anthony's, because they had the best maternity unit at the time. (I am Baptist)

This should not be a novelty. If Christians do not stand together, we are all the loosers. It is time to focus our efforts on those who server the father-of-lies. They are the enemy of freedom.

2 posted on 06/28/2012 8:09:19 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

Watched the Catholic TV EWTN’s program The World Over this evening. Brilliant discussion on the Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare and what some of the next steps the Catholic Church will take. I am not Catholic but enjoy this program.

3 posted on 06/28/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: Texas Fossil

Great testimony there. Many Christians work together everyday.

God bless them.

4 posted on 06/28/2012 8:20:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: YukonGreen

I’m waiting for the Church/Bishops to come out with a statement, probably tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the Catholic Church sometimes moves more slowly than the government. LOL!

5 posted on 06/28/2012 8:22:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: YukonGreen
Christians “set out” the 2008 election. Will not happen this time.

There will be pockets who still strongly support Obozo, but among believers his support is incredibly small. He clearly serves the father-of-lies.

6 posted on 06/28/2012 8:25:48 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

Are you sure about the Christians sitting out 2008?

2008 had seven million more voters than 2004 and the Evangelical percentage of the vote went from 23% in 2004 to 26% in 2008.

I made a look for the numbers but haven’t had any luck yet, but I’ll keep looking, if you have them handy please post them.

7 posted on 06/28/2012 9:14:44 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: Salvation


8 posted on 06/28/2012 9:36:51 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Salvation; Texas Fossil

This is not even just among us Christians against the White House. Obama’s act is basically against any religion (except Islam)

9 posted on 06/29/2012 12:37:22 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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