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Resolution On The Presidential Theological Study Committee

WHEREAS, President H. Edwin Young appointed the Presidential Theological Study Committee, chaired by Timothy F. George and Roy L. Honeycutt, and including William E. Bell, J. Walter Carpenter, Jr., Mark T. Coppenger, Stephen D. C. Corts, Carl F. H. Henry, Herschel H. Hobbs, Richard D. Land, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., and William B. Tolar; and

WHEREAS, President Young commissioned the committee to examine those biblical truths that are most surely held among the people of God called Southern Baptists and, on this basis, to reaffirm our common commitment to Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures, and the evangelical heritage of the Christian church; and

WHEREAS, The report was announced in May 1993, and circulated among the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Houston, Texas, June 15-17, 1993; and

WHEREAS, In light of the pressing need for a positive biblical witness on basic Christian beliefs, and in light of the questions raised in recent days concerning historic biblical and Baptist doctrine; and

WHEREAS, The report has been issued not as a new confession of faith, but rather as a reaffirmation of major doctrinal concerns set forth in the Baptist Faith and Message of 1963.

Therefore, Be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 14-16, 1994, commend the Report of the Presidential Theological Study Committee to the institutions and agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention as a guide to enable them to bear a faithful gospel witness to a culture in disarray, to be salt and light in a society that has lost its moral compass, and to serve as a resource for a new denominational consensus rooted in theological substance and doctrinal fidelity.

Be it finally RESOLVED, That we encourage the Executive Committee to print the full text of the Report of the Presidential Theological Study Committee in the 1994 Southern Baptist Convention Annual, and we also encourage the Baptist Sunday School Board to publish and disseminate the report among Southern Baptists.