SBC President's Page - Moral Issues
of the Southern Baptist Convention 2006
I am unapologetically pro-life in my stance. Our church heavily
supports several local ministries to young women who have found
themselves in the difficult position of having an unwanted pregnancy.
We help counsel them, encourage them to give birth to their child,
and then allow us to help them from that point on whether it is
through adoption or parenting assistance. I believe the Scripture
which prohibits the taking of life includes the innocent unborn.
My stand on alcohol use is clearly defined in the Southern Baptist
Convention's most recent statement concerning alcohol use.
As a member of the Resolutions Committee, I was a part of the unanimous
vote to encourage Southern Baptists in this stance on alcohol.
I have stood against the use, as well as misuse of alcohol, my entire
ministry. Having seen its impact in my family as a young man,
I decided that was something that would lead only to ruin and hurt.
Even if I felt a scriptural freedom to partake in alcoholic beverages,
I still feel that it would be highly inadvisable for any person
to become involved in the use of alcohol simply for testimony sake.
While I know many in our modern day culture do not agree with that,
it is clearly where I have stood for thirty years of being a pastor.