2004 FFBC Resolutions

Resolution #1 – The Distorted Message of Gibson’s “Passion”

Many Christian leaders labeled Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ, as a biblically accurate presentation of the crucifixion and one of the greatest evangelistic opportunities of modern times. Their words of praise for this film helped to motivate multitudes of professing Christians to attend the movie theatre for the film’s February 25 release and subsequent showings. As a result, The Passion of the Christ became the eighth highest grossing domestic film of all time with an income of 370.3 million dollars. The release of the DVD version of this film is set for August 31 and it is expected to quickly become one of the best-selling DVDs ever.

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Conference in August 2004, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey warns Christians that this film is filled with extra-biblical ideas, which is condemned by Scripture (Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18). Mel Gibson, a traditional Roman Catholic, acknowledged that his Catholic theology (e.g., Mary’s mystical connection to Christ’s sufferings) and writings from other Roman Catholics (e.g., Nun-mystic Catherine Emmerich’s book The Dolorous Passion) greatly influenced his interpretation of Christ’s crucifixion in this film. We reaffirm the biblical truth that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), not by attending Hollywood movies. We urge our constituents to be ready to share the biblical account of the crucifixion to those whose interest in the crucifixion may have been stirred by this film. At the same time, we urge our constituents not to be deceived by this film (Matthew 24:24). Furthermore, we remind Bible-believing Christians of the importance of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The film devotes 14 seconds to an implied resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the heart of Apostolic preaching in the book of Acts and is essential to the Gospel.

Resolution #2 – An Unholy Baptist Unity

Several professing Fundamental Baptist fellowships will be convening in Chattanooga, TN in September of this year for the first meeting of the Independent Baptist Network. The schedule of speakers includes men from the Baptist Bible Fellowship, Southwide Baptist Fellowship, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and other Independent Baptists, in addition to members of the Southern Baptist Convention. The July/August 2004 issue of the Baptist Bible Tribune explains that this “historic” meeting is for fundamental Baptists who “…are weary of infighting among those of like faith and order…” (“Presidential Perspective” by Bill Monroe, Baptist Bible Tribune, p. 11). According to the mindset of the founders of this new network, pastors who obey God’s command to separate from disobedient brethren (e.g., members of the Southern Baptist Convention) are instigators of this infighting and pastors who grieve over worldly trends in fundamental churches should see their concerns as trivial matters and remain silent on such concerns. Their message is the typical New Evangelical mantra that we should “…fellowship and cooperate rather than view one another with suspicions inherited from skewed and vague histories (or hagiographies).” (“HELP, My brother wants to fight me” by Keith Bassham, Baptist Bible Tribune, July/August 2004, p.19).

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Conference in August 2004, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, is saddened by this new attempt at unity among Baptists. The Baptist Bible Fellowship, Southwide Baptist Fellowship, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and many other independent Baptists came into existence because godly men obeyed God’s commands to separate from the apostasy of the Southern Baptist Convention and the old Northern Baptist Convention (now the American Baptist Convention). This new movement denies the earlier decisions of Fundamental Baptists to separate from apostasy. While we acknowledge certain conservative trends within the Southern Baptist Convention, we reject the idea that they are now a Fundamentalist denomination.

Resolution #3 – The Supreme Judge – Gay Marriage is Sin

Jesus Christ, the Supreme Judge, condemns the sin of homosexuality in the Bible and He warns that this sin, like many others, will be judged. (e.g., Genesis 19:4-8, Romans 1:21-32, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and Jude 7). In spite of God’s commands and warnings in His Word, the Massachusetts Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage in their state on May 17, 2004. In addition to ignoring God’s law, activist mayors in places like San Francisco, CA, New Paltz, NY, and Asbury Park, NJ ignored the laws of their states and issued same-sex marriage licenses. The United States Senate failed to uphold God’s view of marriage by failing to enact a Marriage Protection Amendment to the United States Constitution even though President George W. Bush and multitudes of Americans requested them to do so. The homosexual activists have been encouraged by these failures and are now emboldened to impose their perverted views of human sexuality and the family upon all Americans as never before.

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Conference in August 2004, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, expresses broken heartedness at the new moral lows to which our beloved nation has plunged. We warn Americans that our country is not exempt from God’s judgment and that we will incur His wrath if there is not repentance from this national sin. In the fear of God and in obedience to His Word, we affirm our belief that marriage is between a man and a woman (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24), and we recognize no other type of union.

Resolution #4 – A Call For Discernment At The Polling Place

We commend President George W. Bush for his leadership, vision, and resolve for our country in these post-9/11 years. We are grateful to God for graciously allowing this “minister of God” (Romans 13:4) to lead America “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). It is our prayer that America will continue as a leader in the free world by the gracious providence of God.

As a fellowship of Fundamental Bible-believing churches, we recognize how crucial this coming election is to the future of America. We are deeply grieved over our national sins such as, the murder of the unborn, the sanctioning of sodomy, and the attempt to redefine marriage and the family. We are further concerned about who will be the next President of our great nation. Our next President will chart the course of this nation with key judicial appointments and significant legislation that will affect our lives for decades to come.

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Conference in August 2004, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, urges all of our churches and all Bible-believing Christians to cry out to God for His grace upon this great nation as we look ahead to the national election. We further urge our constituency to speak out on the issues as Conservatives who care about the future of America. We also urge all Bible-believing Christians to get out and vote in this election year. May we make a difference as salt and light in a decaying culture that continues its assault on Bible-believing Christianity.

An Expression of Appreciation

The Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, at our Annual Conference in August 2004, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey, expresses our appreciation to the Racites, the Lambersons, the Hoeflingers, and all of the staff for providing a wonderful environment for Christian fellowship, decision making, and dining. In addition, we express our gratitude to Pastor and Mrs. Jack Keep, and Renee D’Agostino for their ministry in God’s Word to the pastors, delegates, and their families.

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