BF&M 2000 opposes endorsing candidates from pulpits : Thursday, May 12, 2005
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BF&M 2000 opposes endorsing candidates from pulpits : Thursday, May 12, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005

BF&M 2000 opposes endorsing candidates from pulpits

Regarding the situation at East Waynesville Baptist Church, one cannot help but be reminded that the Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) 2000 very clearly states: "The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends." Thus, we do not endorse candidates from pulpits or tell people to repent over politics. Some of us are Democrats, but we don't support abortion or gay rights. It is possible to be very conservative theologically and not toe the Republican Party line. What is so unclear about this? We voted the way we did because we believed other considerations outweighed those last year. We no more affirmed these things by voting the way we did than a Calvinist can be said to make God the author of sin by permitting the fall by His decree, or that God, who said, "I hate divorce" centuries after giving divorce instructions to the Israelites contradicted Himself in doing so and was affirming divorce when He spoke to Moses. A person who is a seminary student, not to mention faculty members, I would hope, would realize that by now.

It seems some of us take parts of the BF&M 2000 more seriously than others. I affirm it ... all of it.

Gene M. Bridges

Winston-Salem, N.C.

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