RESOLUTION ON PRIVATE PRAYER IN TONGUES
Submitted By William Dwight McKissic, Sr.
Cornerstone Baptist Church
5415 Matlock Rd.
Arlington, TX 76018
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention has definitively grounded our confession of faith in the inerrant Word of God (II Tim. 3:15, 16); and
WHEREAS, the inerrant word of God speaks authoritatively, sufficiently, and clearly to the practice of a believer’s private devotional life (Col. 3:16; 4:2, Psalms 19:14); and
WHEREAS, the New Testament teaching includes apostolic instruction that governs the gifting of the Spirit, including but not limited to the gift of tongues and its use by those so gifted of God (I Cor. 12:7, 10, 30; 14:2, 4, 5, 13-15); and
WHEREAS, the New Testament teaches that believers gifted with tongues are restricted to utilize that gift in private prayer to God whenever public tongues are impermissible (I Cor. 14:27, 28); and
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention has never adopted a statement, policy, or confession that denied the continuation of all spiritual gifts, including the gift of tongues or denying the potential for such gifts to be used in private devotion; and
WHEREAS, many faithful Southern Baptists testify concerning their spiritual gift of tongues as exercised in private prayer; and
WHEREAS, this convention has historically allowed for confessional flexibility and great freedom when it comes to the private devotional lives of all Southern Baptists; now be it therefore
RESOLVED, that the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in San Antonio, Texas, June 12-13, 2007, continues its long and cherished tradition of respecting the personal freedoms of private devotion for all Southern Baptist pastors, ministers, evangelists, missionaries, educators, and laypersons; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention recognize the confessional framework of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as sufficient to represent those doctrines that generally characterize Southern Baptists, and which document contains no statement, article, or provision limiting the continued availability of all spiritual gifts to the church today; and be it further
RESOLVED, that we encourage all Southern Baptists to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially those that are given to edify the whole body of Christ, without denying the gifts of the Spirit that guide believers in their private devotion; and be it finally
RESOLVED, that we encourage all Southern Baptists to cultivate sincere and consistent habits of disciplined personal prayer whereby they may enjoy the power, filling, and fruit of the Spirit of God as operative in their lives.
I would appreciate your prayers that this resolution would be received in the spirit that it is given.
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