2000 FFBC Resolutions

The following resolutions were adopted by the pastors and delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in their 61st Annual Session, August 14-18, 2000, at Tri-State Bible Conference, Montague, New Jersey.

2000:1 – HE BEARETH NOT THE SWORD IN VAIN

Romans 13:3 – “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou, then, not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good and thou shalt have praise of the same.”

We commend Mayor John Street, Police Commissioner John Timoney, and the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Force for the way law and order was maintained during the recent Republican Convention in the face of very difficult circumstances.

Using discretion and restraint, but refusing to allow the unruly mobs to get out of hand, the police again and again thwarted the rioter’s efforts to creat chaos and disrupt both the Convention and the life of the city.

While we uphold the right of groups and individuals to express their opinions, this does not give them liberty to run to riot and excess, defacing and destroying public and private property with complete disregard for the rights of others.

As law abiding citizens we want to express our support for those in law enforcement and assure them that our prayers and best wishes accompany them as they go about their difficult task.

Some liberal clergy have attacked the police with the usual charges of “police brutality” and sought to make heroes of the rioters. We, however, stand with those who “protect and serve”.

2000:2 – BOY SCOUTS STAND AND TAKE THE HEAT

We commend the Boy Scouts of America for their continuing stand against homosexual behavior in their criteria for choosing leadership. Although the Supreme Court has narrowly upheld the BSA’s right to set standards for membership and leadership, dissenters including gay and lesbian activists, civic leaders and denominational leaders have continued the attack, with some supporters now threatening to pull funding. We condemn such retaliation and commend those continuing to stand with the BSA.

Liberal congressmen have gone so far as to introduce legislation to pull the Boy Scouts of America’s Congressional charter, a symbolic honor afforded to the BSA since 1916, and currently held by about 90 other groups. In opposing such efforts we agree with the constitutional principle that private organizations must be guaranteed liberty to select their leadership as a part of their right to free speech. Legislative and judicial attempts to mandate acceptance of homosexual behavior in such private settings, while tearing down respect for traditional morality, flies in the face of historical precedent in America.

Amid the continuing onslaught, we encourage and pray for the BSA to stand firm on principle and continue applying historical traditional values in their stated mission of “providing character-building experiences” for young boys.

2000:3 – ELECTION 2000

Over the past 20 years, there has been a sharp decline in voter turnout. Whether this is because there has been little perceived difference in the parties involved or just a general lack of interest on the part of our citizens, it is an alarming trend. Christians have no one but themselves to blame if they fail to participate in the democratic process.

As spiritual and moral conditions continue to deteriorate in America, it is imperative that Christians fulfill their obligations to God and country by:

  1. Living holy and righteous lives;
  2. Praying for all those in authority;
  3. Becoming informed regarding the candidates’ positions on the critical issues of the day; and,
  4. Voting according to conscience for those candidates who best reflect our positions on such issues.

Therefore, we urge the members of our churches to prayerfully exercise their constitutional right and responsibility as Christians to vote on November 7th.

2000:4 – THE MARRIAGE PENALTY

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.” Gen. 2:24

At the very beginning of time, God established the family as the foundation of society. The continuing attack on the family by the liberal element in contemporary society was highlighted recently by the President’s veto of the bill which would have eliminated the Marriage Penalty Tax, which penalizes married couples, forcing them to pay higher taxes than couples just “living together”.

We therefore urge the members of Congress to work for the passage of this bill in the next Congress when a new administration may be willing to sign it.

2000:5 – A WORD OF THANKS

We wish to express our thanks to our new Administrator, Joe Racite, and his wife, Ardie for their dedication and devotion to Tri-State, and the way they have enthusiastically assumed their new responsibilities and the impact that that dedication is already having on the Camp.

We also want to thank our Property Manager, Keith Lamberson, for his continuing faithfulness as Property Manager; our cook, Cyndie Shelton, who has delighted us with her excellent meals; and each member of the staff as they have labored to make our stay at Tri-State a pleasant and an enjoyable one

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