JONESBORO – Arkansas Baptist messengers approved six resolutions at the 2018 annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) at Central Baptist Church Jonesboro. The full text of the resolutions follows a summary which is provided below.
No. 1: Appreciation
Messengers expressed appreciation to the ABSC president executive director convention officers the staff and members of Central Baptist Church Jonesboro and the program committee for their “diligent and sacrificial service” in the successful preparation and guidance of the 165th ABSC Annual Meeting.
No. 2: Opposition to Issue 4
Messengers expressed opposition to Issue 4 the proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling to four Arkansas counties. Messengers encouraged all Arkansas voters to vote against Issue 4. Messengers further committed to restore and rehabilitate individuals who are involved in “problem gambling” and also provide a “safety net” for the gamblers’ families and communities if Issue 4 is approved.
No. 3: On the Holiness and Integrity of Ministry Leaders
Messengers repudiated any ministerial behavior “that would compromise the biblical standard of a ministry leader’s absolute holiness and requirement to be above reproach” and called upon ministers to “pursue moral and sexual purity in all relationships.” Messengers recommitted themselves to “confession repentance and contrition” and committed to “return to the Great Commission work before us.”
No. 4: On Christian Citizenship and Civic Participation
Messengers encouraged all believers to “engage the culture by being informed and proactive citizens by voting in all elections by praying for all those in authority and positions of influence and by participating appropriately in civic matters.
No. 5: On Christlike Communication and the Use of Social Media
Messengers committed to “maintaining brotherly and sisterly love by resolving … differences in a biblical manner.” Messengers further committed to guarding their tongues using caution and wisdom in social media; refraining from remarks that tear down people gossip and slander; and engaging one another with “respect and winsomeness.”
No. 6: On Appreciation and Support for Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU)
Messengers expressed “gratitude for the ministry and faithfulness to the members of Arkansas WMU” and pledged to “continue to partner in the cause of missions with Arkansas WMU.”
Full text of approved resolutions: