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Resolution On Christian Persecution

WHEREAS, Vast numbers of Christians have experienced persecution and martyrdom in the twentieth-century and because of their faith are now facing mounting reigns of terror throughout much of the world; and

WHEREAS, The Christian faith is restricted and, in some places, banned; and believers are imprisoned, killed, enslaved, or otherwise persecuted; and

WHEREAS, In many places throughout the world where the numbers of Evangelicals are increasing or Christianity is newly spreading, Christian minorities face persecution and discrimination as scapegoats, often for the venting of popular hatred of the West and the United States; and

WHEREAS, The West in increasingly indifferent to the denial of religious freedom to millions of Christians worldwide; and

WHEREAS, Religious liberty is a God-given human right, not a privilege to be granted or denied by the state; Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we the messengers to the SBC, assembled bled in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 11-13, 1996, unwaveringly denounce the denial of fundamental human rights and all religious persecution anywhere in the world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge President Bill Clinton, the State Department, and both houses of the United State Congress to uphold the fundamental freedom of religious liberty in the conduct of foreign policy by the United States of America; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge all Christian leadership to call Christians worldwide to fervent prayer for the constant protection and power of the Holy Spirit in the daily lives of all Christians everywhere who may be vulnerable to persecution; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we individually and collectively observe September 29, 1996 as International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Christians.