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THE ETHICS AND RELIGIOUS
Southern Baptist Convention
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission exists to
assist the churches by helping them understand the moral
demands of the gospel, apply Christian principles to
moral and social problems and questions of public policy,
and to promote religious liberty in cooperation with
the churches and other Southern Baptist entities.
1. Assist churches in applying the
moral and ethical teachings of the Bible to the Christian life.
Provide research, information resources, consultation,
and counsel to denominational entities, churches, and individuals
with regard to the application of Christian principles in everyday
living and in the nations public life.
2. Assist churches through
the communication and advocacy of moral and ethical
concerns in the public arena.
Represent Southern Baptists in communicating the moral
and ethical positions of the Southern Baptist Convention
to the public and to public officials.
3. Assist churches in
their moral witness in local communities.
Provide information resources that inform and equip churches
for active moral witness in their communities.
4. Assist churches and
other Southern Baptist entities by promoting
Provide information and counsel to denominational entities,
churches, and individuals regarding appropriate responses
to religious liberty concerns; represent Southern Baptists
in communicating the positions of the Southern Baptist
Convention on religious liberty issues to the public
and to public officials.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission will
work within the Southern Baptist Convention entity
relationship guidelines approved by the Great Commission
Council and the Executive Committee and printed in
the Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist
First ministry statement approved by the Southern
Baptist Convention June 20, 1995. See SBC Annual 1995, p.
46 and pp. 165-173.