The oil spill in the gulf coast, the factionalism, sexism and racism in the history of the SBC, the apathy and lethargy in our churches and the moral decline in our nation should compel us to call a solemn assembly and seek God’s face, repent of our sins and ask Him to pour our His mercy, grace, strength and power upon this SBC family, her churches, and our country, once again. Consequently, I will offer the following resolution in Orlando.
A RESOLUTION ON A SOUTHERN BAPTIST SOLEMN ASSEMBLY
Submitted by Wm Dwight McKissic, Sr.
Cornerstone Baptist Church
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention, as a people committed to the authority of God’s Word and dependent on the power of God’s Spirit, have come to a time of profound decision concerning the future structure, ministry vision, and cooperative framework of their shared obedience to the Great Commission; and
WHEREAS, since its founding in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention has faced the conflicts and challenges wrought by instances of theological compromise, moral infidelity, and fiscal irresponsibility in its churches, associations, and entities; and
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention, must remain eternally vigilant lest the errors of the past – provincialism, liberalism, racism, and the like – return to distract us from our priority commitment of reaching the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ; and
WHEREAS, all across the Convention, churches, pastors and laypeople are awakening to the need for a resurgence of Kingdom priorities, a renaissance of gospel-centeredness, and a revival of spiritual fervor in our individual lives, our churches, and our Convention entities; and
WHEREAS, the Scripture teaches that “unless the Lord builds the house, the builder labors in vain” (Psalm 127:1); and that “without [Christ], you can do nothing” (John 15:5); and
WHEREAS, Southern Baptists are now engaged in a great effort to reaffirm our biblical foundation, to reinforce our Baptist witness, and to reengage the lost world around us; and
WHEREAS, this effort, which has been appropriately called a Great Commission Resurgence, is of such monumental importance to the future vitality and guiding vision of the Southern Baptist Convention that it requires the exponential spiritual resources of all Southern Baptists to consider thoroughly, implement prudently, and pursue courageously as the Spirit leads; and
WHEREAS, throughout Scripture God has enjoined his people to seasons of fasting, prayer, and solemn assembly when their focus had been averted from the Lord, when their obedience to God’s commands had fallen short, and when the fresh winds of God’s Spirit were needed to restore a Kingdom purpose and perspective (Joel 1:13-14); and
WHEREAS, the Southern Baptist Convention is seeking the forgiveness, restoration, and empowerment of God’s Spirit to obey God’s call, whatever the consequences; now
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT, the messengers of annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, gathered in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2010, do proclaim a solemn assembly among all Southern Baptists, a time of intense spiritual discipline, fasting and prayer, for the purpose of seeking God’s face in the midst of the important decisions we must make about our future; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, such a solemn assembly is to occur in all Southern Baptist Churches at such time as the SBC Convention President shall proclaim, and specifically in the town of Augusta, Georgia, where the Convention was founded in 1845; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the we request all state conventions, associations, and entities of the Southern Baptist Convention to invest their full resources to plan, promote, and convene a solemn assembly for the purposes outlined herein; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, we earnestly pray that the spirit of cooperative missionary zeal that first marked the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention and carried it through more than 150 years of ministry will attend this renewed effort of a Great Commission Resurgence, and that those spiritual, theological, and ethical encumbrances which have heretofore weakened our cooperative efforts will be prevented by God’s Spirit and our faithful resolve from undermining the good plans that God has in store for the Southern Baptist Convention.