Decision should 'be left to each church, not SBC Executive Committee' : Monday, Oct. 4, 2004
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Decision should 'be left to each church, not SBC Executive Committee' : Monday, Oct. 4, 2004
Monday, Oct. 4, 2004

Decision should 'be left to each church, not SBC Executive Committee'

This week, my church received in the mail an invitation to join the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). Personally, I don't want to lead our church to support the BWA at this time. Receiving the letter didn't bother me. And I don't blame the BWA for seeking support since the SBC voted to defund them. But apparently SBC Executive Committee Chairman Morris Chapman knows of some denominational policy that prohibits organizations from soliciting support from SBC churches. That's the first I've heard of it. Dr. Chapman is extremely miffed at the BWA's action to seek support from individual SBC churches.

I don't see a problem with it. How is that any different from all the other mail churches get everyday wanting us to join, sponsor or support something? My understanding of Baptist polity is that people or organizations have the right to ask any church for support and those churches have the right to ignore, refuse or support it as they wish. But that is a decision to be left to each church, not the SBC Executive Committee.

This is probably a good move on the part of the BWA. With many SBC churches still supportive of it, they may actually receive more funding than they lost when the SBC withdrew its support.

David B. Roberts

Lenoir, N.C.

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