2009 FFBC Resolutions

Resolution regarding President Obama and abortion

Whereas, while speaking to the pro-abortion group, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, on July 17, 2007, then Senator Barack Obama declared that “the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. ” The effect of this would be to do away with state laws on parental involvement, partial birth abortion, and all other protections, to compel taxpayer funding of abortions and to force hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions even when they object on moral and biblical grounds;

Whereas, on the day of his inauguration as President of the United States, within minutes the official White House web-site (www.whitehouse.gov) changed its wording in regards to the issue of abortion from “all human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection” to exclaiming President Obama as “a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Adminstration [sic];”

Whereas, President Obama has rescinded the so-called “Mexico City Policy” that indicated that non-governmental organizations would be ineligible to receive federal funding if they “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations”;

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp in Montague, New Jersey for our 70th Annual Conference on August 10-13, 2009, believing that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 49:1) and that abortion is therefore murder and violates God’s law (Exodus 20:13) and that the slaying of innocent and defenseless babies is particularly heinous, urge believers all people to stand against the radical abortion policies of President Obama and his administration and to urge others, including their senators, representatives, and other political and governmental leaders, to reject these horrible, immoral, oppressive and anti-biblical policies.

Resolution regarding the Gospel presentation

Whereas, in recent days, some religious media personalities have embraced a teaching that a person cannot know if he or she can be saved and if someone expresses a desire to come to Christ in salvation, he or she should simply be told to hope that God will save him or her without given any further instruction;

Whereas, throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ called for a response to the Gospel (Matthew 4:17, 11:28, 19:21, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 18:22, John 5:24, 7:37);

Whereas, throughout the book of Acts, we find the sermons of the early church called for a response to the Gospel (Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:22, 17:30, 20:21, 26:20);

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center for our 70th Annual Conference, August 10-13, 2009, declare that calling for a response to the Gospel message through repentance and faith, while impossible without the working of God, is nevertheless a necessary part of the Gospel proclamation.\

In Appreciation for Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center

Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey has faithfully stood for the Word of God and continues to stand for its teaching. As a ministry of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches since 1949, God has used Tri-State greatly in the lives of a number of young people and adults over the last 60 years. Director Chris Jenkins and the staff at Tri-State Bible Camp have again provided an excellent environment and great service for the 2009 Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches.

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey for our 70th Annual Conference on August 10-13, 2009, do thank the Lord for the ministry of Tri-State Bible Camp and express our appreciation to the director Chris Jenkins, his wife Michelle, and the entire staff for their labor of love in the Lord.

In Appreciation for the ministry of Pastor Matt Recker

Whereas, Pastor Matthew (Matt) and Debbie Recker have served as urban church planters in New York City for 25 years and has been used of the Lord in establishing three strong churches in the midst of a difficult field;

Whereas, Pastor Recker has been influential in the stirring of men towards ministry in the great urban areas of this land through his books and his preaching at conferences and educational institutions;

Whereas, Pastor Recker has been used of God to stir and challenge those in attendance this week through the preaching of God’s Word and through the seminars he has led,

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey for our 70th Annual Conference on August 10-13, 2009, do thank the Lord for the ministry of Pastor Matt and Debbie Recker to us during this week of Annual Conference.

Resolution on the relationship between the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches and the American Council of Christian Churches

Whereas, this is the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches and the Bible Protestant Church (now the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches) was one of the two groups that formed the American Council of Christian Churches in 1941 just two years after separating from the merger that formed the liberal Methodist Church;

And whereas, our fellowship of churches has been a member of the American Council of Christian Churches since its inception, indicating that our founders set the course from what they were to be separated when they left the Methodist Church, and unto what they were to be separated when they became a part of the American Council of Christian Churches;

And whereas, the American Council of Christian Churches has stood for the fundamentals of the faith since it was formed;

And whereas, it has been a voice for Fundamentalism and has offered many opportunities for Fundamentalists to demonstrate their commitment to the cause of Fundamentalism through their yearly convention, a chaplain’s commission and by serving as a source of information concerning the directions and trends of various groups;

Therefore be it resolved, that we, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp and Conference Center in Montague, New Jersey for our 70th Annual Conference on August 10-13, 2009 renew our commitment to the American Council of Christian Churches by continuing to support the council by prayer, by our financial gifts, by promoting it in our local churches and by attending its conventions.

Resolution on Communication and the Internet

The advent of new technology has often proved to be a source of both blessings and dangers for Christians. This has been particularly true in regards to the areas of media and communications.

In recent years there has been an explosion of communication methods brought on by increasing developments on the internet and by the increased accessibility of additional forms of technology. Services such as email, blogging, social networking, Twitter, YouTube and similar programs have adjusted the way many people communicate and relate to one another.

Many have and continue to use these forms of communication positively, for which we rejoice. Others, however, have and continue to use these forms of communication to attack and tear down others from the relative anonymity of the internet or with tone and manner that would not be accepted in normal communication.

God’s Word gives believers many guidelines in the area of speech and communication. We are commanded to put away lying and speak every man truth (Ephesians 4:25). We are encouraged to honor and respect the elders among us (Leviticus 19:32). We are also encouraged to “let nothing be done through strife or vainglory” (Philippians 2:3) and warned that we “strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers” (2 Timothy 2:14). We are encouraged to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth(s)” and instead speak that “which is good to the use of edifying.” (Ephesians 4:29). While the specifics of these verses are regarding spoken words, we believe these principles of communication apply to the other forms of communication.

We, the Pastors and Delegates of the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting at Tri-State Bible Camp in Montague, New Jersey for our 70th Annual Conference on August 10-13, 2009, do resolve that even though the forms of communication have changed in recent days, as Christians, we should always be courteous, cautious, and Christ-like in our communication and we further urge other believers to also consider the same.

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