2001 FFBC Resolutions

Resolution #1 – Beware of Pornography

Pornography has become a prevalent sin in our society as well as a multi-billion dollar industry. It is now estimated that 20 percent of Internet users regularly visit pornographic web sites. Many television programs promote pornography as well through sexual innuendo, indecent behavior, nudity, and immodesty. Even many professing people of God are falling prey to this great evil and pornography has contributed to the downfall of many ministries, churches, and families. Therefore, be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches exhorts God’s people to be faithful in warning against the sinfulness of sexual lust, and that we be careful to maintain a strong moral testimony for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we urge all of God’s people to “walk in the spirit” so that they do not “fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16).

Resolution #2 – The Doctrine of Salvation

II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Record numbers of people in America are claiming to be “born again.” At the same time, statistics reveal that Biblical illiteracy is at an all time high. For example, A survey by George Barna reveals that 8 in ten professing Christians believe in the unbiblical statement, “God helps those who help themselves.” The problem of Biblical illiteracy is compounded by the lack of holy desire amongst many professing Christians. While it is true that every Christian has a sin nature (Romans 7:24), it also true that truly born again Christians will desire and experience victory over sin in their lives. They may fall, but they will repent and continue walking with the Lord.

The problem is that there are many preachers who preach a shallow Gospel message today; A message that encourages people to walk an aisle without experiencing a change of life through the work of the Holy Spirit. Some Fundamentalist preachers seem more interested in counting “souls saved” than seeing genuine conversions for the glory of God.

We are saddened that Charles Stanley, the popular Southern Baptist Pastor and radio Bible teacher said, “…(W)ould God send somebody to hell because they did not receive Jesus whom they never heard about, never had the privilege of knowing about? And my answer is: No, he would not.” ( Stanley, In Touch Ministries, “Reconciling God’s Love with His Justice, July 31, 2001).

Therefore, Be it resolved that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches remain committed to the following Biblical principles of Biblical Salvation:

  1. The heathen are lost and will be eternally punished unless they receive Christ as their Savior and Lord. (John 3:18, Romans 10:13)
  2. Salvation is only possible through the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:1-3)
  3. Salvation is by the grace of God and is a free gift through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11)
  4. Salvation results in a change of life, even with the sin nature present. (II Corinthians 5:17)
  5. Salvation is offered to all who will come to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:13)

Resolution #3 – The Death Penalty

The U.S. Government recently came under fire for the executing Timothy McVeigh for his bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Opponents of the death penalty accused our Federal Government of cruelty for executing him. Growing numbers of people appear to be opposed to the death penalty, and at times there are major protests which occur whenever and wherever it takes place.

Therefore, Be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches reaffirm that our Government was right in executing Timothy McVeigh, that the Bible does give our Government authority to bring capital punishment to those who commit murder (Genesis 9:6, Romans 13:4), and that the death penalty is an important part of providing justice to victims of violent crime, and that it serves as the strongest deterrent against other committing similar acts of violence.

Resolution #4 – Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The issue of embryonic stem cell research has been hotly debated for the past few years. Embryonic stem cell research involves the “harvesting” of stem cells from human embryos for the purposes of finding cures to crippling and terminal diseases. Supporters of this cause have determined that human embryos are not living beings and that the resulting cures will be worth the research that is done. Great deception is involved in promoting the urgent need for the harvesting of human embryos. Studies have shown that stem cells can be taken from healthy human adults without any harm to life, and that the results of this research are just as successful as that done with embryos.

We appreciate President Bush’s pro-life stance, and we are thankful that he recently rejected the future federal funding of killing human embryos. At the same time, we are saddened that in the same decision, he granted permission for the federal funding of researching 60 existing stem cell lines which were obtained by the past killing of those embryos. By doing this, our President has encouraged people to benefit from past evil deeds.

Therefore, Be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches reaffirm that:

  1. life begins at conception and that an embryo is a human life, and
  2. that destroying a human embryo for scientific research is murder

Furthermore, we urge the people of God to pray for God’s intervention in this matter. We also urge God’s people to call and/or write their representatives to express their opposition to this evil. We also plead with our Government to uphold the sanctity of human life by ending embryonic stem cell research.

Resolution #5 – Harry Potter Books

Romans 12:9 “… Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Harry discovers on his 11th birthday that he is the son of two legendary wizards murdered by an evil magician named Voldemort. Harry has been living with his loathsome aunt and uncle (who make him sleep in a cupboard) and their mean son, Dudley. Apprized of his real identity, Harry eventually makes his way to Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizard children, and starts learning the family trade.” (Christian Century, December 1, 1999, as quoted in The Problem With Harry Potter by David L. Brown, September 2000.)

Author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels have sold over 8 million copies here in America. Over 35 million copies have been sold worldwide. The novels are currently translated into 30 different languages. Overwhelmed by the popularity of these books, many people are neglecting to consider their evil content.. Even Christian leaders like Chuck Colson and Alan Jackson (Wheaton College) have promoted them.

Harry Potter books promote the casting of evils spells on people. If you want to kill someone, there is the “Adava Kedrava. If you want to torture someone, there is the “Crucaitus Curse.” They promote the use of divination. They glorify the occult. The fruits of this evil are already becoming evident. Attorney Alan Sears recently stated a poll that revealed more children in England (the home of Harry Potter novels) believe in Ghosts than in God! To dismiss these novels as simple, harmless entertainment is foolish and unscriptural.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches reject the Harry Potter novels, promotional items, and upcoming films as ungodly material that should not be a part of any Christian’s life. Furthermore, we encourage parents to make an appeal when their children asked to read Harry Potter materials.

Resolution #6 – Standing in The Evil Day

Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand“.

We are living in days where many people are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). As a result an “anything goes” mind set has permeated the New Testament church. Worship services have been turned into rock concerts. Theological heresies (e.g. health and wealth gospel, laughing revival, etc.) are accepted as truth by many. Standards are no longer important and even ridiculed. False forms of revival are accepted as the real thing.

Therefore, the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches urges the Pastors and members of our churches to seek God’s grace for enablement to stand in this evil day, that we may remain faithful to the stand our Fellowship was founded upon, and that we may be ready for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ

Resolution #7 – Appreciation of our U.S. Veterans

From the early American riflemen of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill to the battles of New Orleans and Baltimore in the War of 1812; from the Mexican War to the battlefields of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg in the war between the states; in the waters of Manila Bay and in the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War to the capture of Blanc Mont Ridge and fields of Flanders in WWI; from the treacherous beaches of Normandy and the battles for the Solomon Islands in WWII to the Battles of Bloody Ridge and Pork Chop Hill in Korea; form the Battle of Ia Drang Valley to the Tet Offensive of the Viet Nam Conflict to Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East; our citizen soldiers have served to help establish our nation as well as protect the freedoms that we cherish so much.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” so it is with much heartfelt gratitutde that we offer our sincere thanks to those “patriots” who endured hardness as a good soldier (II Timothy 2:3) and served our country in the armed forces.

Resolution #8 – Appreciation of Tri-State Bible Camp Leadership and Staff

Once again we have been blessed by the servants hearts reflected in the Staff here at Tri-State during this Annual Session. The Administration of the camp, under the leadership of Joe Racite, and the help of his dear wife, Ardie, has been superb. The physical plant is in outstanding shape thanks to the work of Keith Lamberson and Bill Hoeflinger with the support of their dear wives, Alicia and Naomi. All other members of the Staff have labored for the Lord to meet our every need.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches express our thankfulness to God for assembling such a fine group of servants in this ministry. Furthermore, we express our thankfulness to Joe Racite and all members of the Staff, for hard work and trust that God will richly reward their labor of love.

Resolution #9 – Appreciation of The Faithful Ministry of Dr. David Cummins

For the second time, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches has been blessed by the ministry of Dr. David Cummins at our Annual Session. For over 50 years Dr. David Cummins has commanded the respect of Fundamentalists for his faithfulness as a Pastor, Christian Educator, Author, and Missions Leader. More recently, Dr. Cummins has been admired for his contributions in printing and preserving the important truths of Baptist history by co-authoring This Day In Baptist History I, and This Day In Baptist History II published by BJU Press. The body of Christ is truly grateful for these contributions.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches express their gratitude for Dr. David Cummins. We have appreciated his ministry with us, and his great contributions to the cause of Fundamentalism. May God continue to richly bless this precious servant of the Lord. Furthermore, we exhort our people to uphold Dr. Cummins and his family in our prayers.

Resolution #10 – Appreciation of The Oxleys 50 Faithful Years of Ministry

Dale and Betty Oxley will celebrate 50 years of missionary service in Japan on March 5, 2002. During these past 50 years God has used these fine servants of the Lord to win souls, train pastors, plant churches, establish a Bible kindergarten, and build a Christian camp. They have accomplished these goals in spite of battles with loneliness, illness, surgeries, and long separations. They have been a shining example of faithfulness to God’s call. The fruits of their labors continue to be revealed, and only eternity will reveal the fullness of God’s blessing upon their missionary service.

The children of missionaries are often overlooked during recognitions such as this. Therefore, we recognize that Dale and Betty were greatly blessed by the servant’s hearts of each of their children, Kathy, Brian, Tim, Dan, and Chris. These children continue to love and serve the Lord.

Therefore, be it resolved, that the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches wish to commend the Oxleys for their labor of love for God’s Kingdom. We shall continue to pray for the works established in Japan. Furthermore, we rejoice in an enduring legacy of a fully indigenous work in Japan.

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