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Oct312013

Messengers approve resolutions on marijuana, marriage and ministry to men  

ROGERS – Messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Annual Meeting Oct. 29-30 at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills in Rogers approved four resolutions during the Wednesday morning session.

Resolution No. 1 expressed appreciation to key people involved in the “preparation and guidance” of the Annual Meeting. Resolution No. 2 and Resolution No. 3 addressed the proposed Arkansas Medical Marijuana Acts for 2013 and the topic of marriage. Resolution No. 4 focused on the need to reach men for Christ and hold them accountable.

Full text of each resolution follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 1:
APPRECIATION

Whereas, this year’s annual meeting has been guided prayerfully, fairly, and effectively by our President, Dr. Greg Addison, with the support and assistance of Dr. James D. “Sonny” Tucker, Executive Director, and the other dedicated staff and leaders of the Convention; and
 

Whereas, the staff and laity of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, have provided excellent service and arrangements for the annual meeting; and

Whereas, the one hundred and sixtieth session has been ably organized by the Program Committee; therefore be it

Resolved, that we, the messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, meeting at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Arkansas, October 29-30, 2013, express our deep appreciation to our president, executive director, convention officers, the staff and members of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, and the Program Committee for their diligent and sacrificial service in the successful preparation and guidance of the one hundred and sixtieth session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

RESOLUTION NO. 2:
ON THE PROPOSED ARKANSAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACTS FOR 2013

Whereas, there are currently two proposed state initiatives to legalize medical marijuana that are being qualified for the November 2014 general election ballot; and

Whereas, it is timely to begin informing Arkansans about these measures in an effort to encourage people not to sign petitions to qualify those proposals for the ballot and to be able to persuasively convince others of the poor policy that medical marijuana laws typically establish; and

Whereas, while not all specific provisions of the proposed laws can be determined at this time, the key points set out below will in all likelihood be included in those measures, making the initiatives what could only be described as bad law; and

Whereas, those proposals will be bad law in the following particulars:

  • LIFETIME PASS TO SMOKE MARIJUANA
  • ALMOST ANYONE WILL BE ABLE TO QUALIFY AS A PERMITTED PATIENT
  • PHARMACIES WILL NOT BE INVOLVED
  • PERMITTED ACTIVITIES WILL REMAIN CRIMES UNDER FEDERAL LAW
  • MARIJUANA USERS WILL HAVE TO BE TOLERATED BY EVERYONE
  • THE LAW CANNOT BE ENFORCED

And whereas, the medical marijuana initiatives are based on bad science in the following particulars:

  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS MASQUERADE AS SOUND MEDICAL PRACTICE
  • MASKING PAIN OR OTHER SYMPTOMS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MAKE AN ILLICIT DRUG AN APPROPRIATE MEDICINE
  • THERE ARE SAFER AND MORE EFFICACIOUS WAYS OTHER THAN SMOKING MARIJUANA TO DELIVER ANY BENEFICIAL COMPONENTS OF MARIJUANA
  • SMOKING MARIJUANA IS UNHEALTHY AND DANGEROUS

And whereas, the AMMA is driven by bad motives in the following particulars:

  • THE PROPOSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS ARE REALLY ABOUT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE AND NOT ABOUT COMPASSIONATE HEALTH CARE FOR SUFFERING ARKANSANS
  • THE BACKERS OF THE THESE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVES ARE FOLLOWING FAITHFULLY THE PLAYBOOK

Resolved, that we, the messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, meeting at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Arkansas, October 29-30, strongly encourage voters to reject the notion that the largely unsupervised cultivation, marketing, distribution, and smoking of marijuana is compassionate and sound medical practice, to recognize the proposed medical marijuana laws as clandestine attempts to take the first step toward the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Arkansas, to refuse to sign petitions to qualify these measures for the ballot, and to soundly reject all of them at the ballot box in the November 2014 general election.

RESOLUTION NO. 3:
ON MARRIAGE

Whereas, we readily acknowledge that the institutions of marriage and the nuclear family are in serious trouble in our nation; and

Whereas, all reliable indicia, both empirical and anecdotal, reveal the depth of the problems; and

Whereas, in 1970, 89% of all births were to married parents and today that rate has fallen below 60% and for mothers under 30 years of age that rate is less than 50%; and

Whereas, in 1960, 72% of adults were married and that percentage is now about 50%; and

Whereas, the rate of cohabitation has grown more than fourteen-fold since 1970; and

Whereas, a new front in the war against traditional, biblical marriage has been opened in our culture as some fourteen states have legalized same-sex marriage and other states have established civil unions; and

Whereas, Arkansas voters will be faced with as many as three proposed state constitutional amendments to legalize same-sex marriage on the November 2014 general election ballot; and

Whereas, the issue of same-sex marriage is not one that will fade away or that can be ignored, and no church or denomination will be able to sidestep it; and

Whereas, the church cannot afford to opt out of the efforts to uphold the sanctity of marriage, because if we withdraw from the struggle and refuse to apply biblical truth to the polemics over same-sex marriage, we will lose by default and the traditional family and our culture will suffer; and

Whereas, we should take heart from the fact that we are on firm ground – there’s nothing subjective about this issue- the scriptures are not equivocal on the subject of homosexuality and marriage in as much as they establish that marriage is exclusively for one man and one woman for life and any other configuration is outside those parameters established by God (“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24); and

Whereas, we must be consistent and apply those biblical standards to the issues of premarital sex, adultery, and most divorce, acknowledging all the ways in which marriage and the nuclear family are broken, if we want to have credibility and speak with moral authority in addressing same-sex marriage, and

Whereas, we believers must exhibit the courage of our convictions – now is not the time for faint hearts and wobbly knees – God’s ideals for marriage and family need loving, humble, and bold believers stepping up and unapologetically defending them – if we don’t, no one else will; and

Whereas, we must at all times remember that nothing in the scriptures calls for us to have antipathy or animus for anyone and proclaiming God’s truth about how man is to live his life and relate to others is not hatred, intolerance, or mean-spirited – it is simply being “salt” and “light” expressed in the context of love for others; therefore, be it

Resolved, that we, the messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, meeting at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Arkansas, October 29-30, 2013, reaffirm the sanctity of traditional, biblical marriage and the value of the nuclear family; and be it

Resolved, that we will redouble our efforts to discourage cohabitation, out-of-wedlock birth, adultery, and those other practices that erode the strength of marriage, families, the church, and culture; and be it

Resolved, that we will work and pray diligently for the permanence of marriages and discourage the tendency to hastily rely on divorce to conveniently resolve difficulties experienced by married couples, and encourage couples to seek reconciliation to heal and restore the marital relationship; and be it

Resolved, that we will dedicate ourselves, our strength, our resources, and our prayers to lovingly and boldly laud, defend, and preserve God’s one and only model for marriage, the institution that He ordained and which He reserved exclusively to one man and one woman for life.

RESOLUTION NO. 4:
ON REACHING MEN

Whereas, we readily acknowledge the spiritual condition of many men in our nation, our churches, and our families is such that their character, leadership, and sense of responsibility is in a state of crisis, resulting in passivity, extended adolescence, fatherlessness, addiction, lack of exemplary behavior, and the effect it has upon their families; and

Whereas, we readily acknowledge the biblical expectation patterned throughout the Bible upon the lives of men is one of loving leadership (Ephesians 5:22-33), accountability (James 5:16, Proverbs 27:17), integrity (Proverbs 20:7), and discipleship (Ephesians 5:26, 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:4-7); and

Whereas, we readily acknowledge the effectiveness of the evangelism of men in regard to the success of reaching the family for Christ; and

Whereas, 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes, 90% of homeless and runaway children grew up in fatherless homes, 85% of all children who exhibit behavioral disorders are from fatherless homes, 80% of rapists were raised in fatherless homes, 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers are from fatherless homes, 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes, 85% of youths in prison grew up in a fatherless home; therefore be it

Resolved, that we, the messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, meeting at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Arkansas, October 29-30, 2013, declare that many men are in desperate need of salvation, intercession, and intervention for the sake of the family, the church, the city, the state, the nation, and the world; and be it

Resolved, that we will work diligently to reach men with the gospel of Jesus Christ and thereby enable greater opportunities to reach their families; and be it

Resolved, that we will work diligently to hold the men of our churches accountable to walk with the Lord, to personal integrity, to spiritual leadership of their families, and to personal evangelism, therefore, we encourage our member churches to explore and/or expand ministries to men; and be it

Resolved, that we as a convention promote the conviction to proclaim Jesus to all men, “admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 (NASB)

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