2003 FFBC Resolutions

Resolution #1 – In Support of our Troops

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln, said: “Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision and speed and boldness the enemy did not expect, and the world had not seen before. From distant bases or ships at sea, we sent planes and missiles that could destroy an enemy division, or strike a single bunker. Marines and soldiers charged to Baghdad across 350 miles of hostile ground, in one of the swiftest advances of heavy arms in history. You have shown the world the skill and the might of the American Armed Forces.”

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Meeting in August 2003, expresses gratitude to God for the sacrifice and success of our military leaders and personnel in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are especially proud of those within the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches who have served in this Operation including one of our own chaplains. While thousands of our soldiers have returned safely home from Iraq, many others remain in harm’s way as they seek to bring freedom to the Iraqi people. Therefore, we purpose to support our troops with prayer. Finally, we express our condolences to the family members and friends who lost loved ones in this military operation.

Resolution #2 – The Pledge of Allegiance

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, a nation no longer united but divided into various warring factions by those radical extremists who would rob this country of its godly heritage.” Not many Americans would stand for such a pledge, yet many are willing to sit idly by while radical extremist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and others of their ilk re-interpret the laws of the land so as to remove any mention of God or trace of those Christian principles upon which this country was founded. The attack upon the pledge is part of an unrelenting drive to remake America into a humanistic society, which rejects any concept of morality and no longer accepts the governance of God in the affairs of men which Thomas Jefferson recognized in the Declaration of Independence.

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Meeting in August 2003, urges our constituency and political conservatives who appreciate the heritage of our founding fathers to demand that our legislators fight this attack upon the Pledge of Allegiance, and other attempts to enact back-door legislation through court rulings, designed to destroy those enduring principles which are the guarantee of our freedoms

Resolution #3 – Redefining the Family?

We commend our President, George W. Bush, for his stand against those who are seeking to redefine the family. Scripture is clear that God defined the family by making a man and a woman as husband and wife (Genesis 2:24) and that God condemns homosexuality as an abomination (Romans 1).

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at its Annual Meeting in August 2003, re-affirms that the homosexual lifestyle is not an alternative lifestyle, but a perverted lifestyle because it deviates from God’s intended purposes and clear instructions for mankind as found in the inspired Word of God. Therefore, we are firmly opposed to any court decision or legislative decision that endorses homosexuality. We are saddened that the apostate churches of the National Council of Churches (NCC) have condoned perversion in the recent media attention within the Episcopal Church. We condemn such churches, denominations, and religious leaders for their toleration of this wicked behavior. It is for reasons like this that we call on Bible-believing Christians to separate from churches in the NCC.

Resolution #4 – Support for the Battle

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches (FFBC), at its Annual Meeting in August 2003, recognizes that 64 years ago, 21 pastors along with at least 60 others chose to separate from the encroaching liberalism of their denomination in obedience to the Bible. Although they were not in the majority, they banded together, with God on their side, and pressed forward in their service for the Lord Jesus Christ, accomplishing much for the Kingdom of God. After successfully standing against liberalism, they faced the challenge of New Evangelicalism. Once again they proved themselves faithful to the Lord by resisting this dangerous movement. These spiritual giants understood the need for likeminded fundamentalists to stand together in the battle for righteousness, and the FFBC, exists because of their insight. By the grace of God, the FFBC pastors and churches are continuing to fight the same battles in the present day. As these battles are being waged, we must resolve to stand together, focusing on the Lord and the fundamentals of the precious faith. We must be careful to stay united in this holy cause and not let division creep in over non-essentials. We must be willing to faithfully pray for and with one another. We must be willing to encourage one another, visit one another, and support one another’s special events as God permits. Let us “rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them who weep” (Romans 12:18). May the FFBC continue to be a voice for Fundamentalism and a refuge for Fundamentalists.

Resolution #5 –The Glory of the Church

The “gates of hell” continue its assault against the Church of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). This is evident by the church marketing movement which continues to pursue seekers; radio personality Harold Camping who is telling people to leave the church; many preachers who have compromised truth in their quest to be relevant to this generation; and families who have abandoned the local church and instead are meeting in homes for worship.

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at its Annual Meeting in August 2003, remains steadfast in our belief that Jesus Christ is still building His Church (Matthew 16:18), and that the Church, as His Bride, will continue until He comes (Ephesians 5:25-27) . We further resist the movement to view people as consumers and seekers and stand committed to Bible-preaching, not preaching to “felt needs” and to stand committed to the old hymns, not meaningless choruses. We further renew our commitment to the Church as the glory of Christ, and will attend it, support it, serve in it, give to it, and pray for it (Hebrews 3:13; 4:16; 10:19-25).

Resolution #6 – Appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. Bob Jones III

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at its Annual Meeting in August 2003, expresses appreciation to Dr. and Mrs. Bob Jones III for their ministry to us during the session. Our hearts were challenged by the Bible messages from Dr. Jones each evening, and our ladies were blessed by a special meeting with Mrs. Jones. Our pastors and wives were encouraged in special meetings and personal fellowship with throughout the week.

We appreciate Dr. Jones’ leadership as President of Bob Jones University for the past 32 years and the fact that he has kept the school on the same course as his father and grandfather which continues to stand true to the Word of God and historic Fundamentalism.

We appreciate his defense of the faith around the world and we especially commend him for his representing historical fundamentalism on several appearances on the Larry King Live show

We assure the Joneses of our prayers and support they continue to serve in the cause of Christ.

Resolution #7 – Appreciation of Tri-State Bible Camp

The Fellowship Fundamental Bible Churches, at its Annual Meeting in August 2003, expresses our heartfelt gratitude to the Racite’s, the Lamberson’s, the Stewart’s, and the entire Tri-State Bible Conference Staff for their loving service during the session. We rejoice that God is using this camp ministry to continue to reach souls for Christ as well as strengthen the saved in Christ. We urge all churches within the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches to uphold our camp ministry in prayer and to support the various camps, retreats, and conferences. Finally, we urge our Fellowship churches to support the camp financially if they are not already doing so.

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