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On Personal And Corporate Repentance

WHEREAS, The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Frank Page, has reminded Southern Baptists of God’s call to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways so that our land can be healed (2 Chronicles 7:14); and

WHEREAS, Spiritual awakening and renewal are not possible where pride, disobedience, bitterness, enmity, and strife exist (Isaiah 59:1-2); and

WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach us that we should “be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:8-9, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God’s Word teaches, “All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:31-32, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God’s Word further teaches, “sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints” (Ephesians 5:3, HCSB); and

WHEREAS, God’s Spirit is grieved; Christ’s Bride, the church is sullied; and our witness is diminished by our failure to obey God (Psalm 66:18; Galatians 5:19-20; Ephesians 4:30-32; 1 Peter 2:1); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas, June 12-13, 2007, urge all Southern Baptists to humble ourselves before God (James 4:6-10); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we urge Southern Baptists to embrace a spirit of repentance, pursue face-to-face reconciliation where necessary, and enter into a time of fasting and prayer for the lost; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we humble ourselves in individual and corporate repentance so that we may seek the face of the Lord, that He would become preeminent in our lives, and that the world would see a clear demonstration of His presence in our lives, churches, and denomination.