Some of our young leaders may not be aware that at the 1987 Southern Baptist Convention a task force, composed of Southern Baptist men and women elected by the Convention, presented to the SBC a paper offically called "The Peace Committee Report." The full text of this report can be found at the Report of the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee.
A member of that Peace Committee emailed me and said it would be good for younger leaders in the SBC to be reminded of what was said in 1987 regarding the future of the SBC. Below are a few excerpts from Section III.
In this section, entitled Conclusions, the Peace Committee makes a statement that seems to be as applicable to our Convention in 2006 as it was in 1987. The statement begins with a question . . .
"How then can we (the SBC) survive . . .?
First, the hostility must cease within the heart of each of us. That brings peace.
Second, our leaders must have and must demonstrate a view of Baptist life that reaches beyond the limits of their own personal theology. No effort should be made or should be permitted to be made which would seek to eliminate from Baptist life theological beliefs or practices which are consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message ...
Third, and most important, nothing must be allowed to stand in the way of genuine cooperation in mission . . .
Finally, we should recognize and freely admit that the greatest source of our strength as a denomination lies in the thousands of local church congregations that support our cooperative undertakings."
All I feel like doing right now is asking a queston . . . Did anyone actually read the Peace Report?
In His Grace,