From the former SBC EC Pres Morris Chapman @morriscode21 Report of the EC to the Conv. in 2006

"If we genuinely want the power of God upon this Convention, we must determine to walk away from political posturing and polarization of our people and our churches. 1/10
We have a bigger task; the cause around which we have coalesced historically, the cause of world missions 2/10
The crusade to return to the faith of our fathers, declaring our belief in the inerrancy of God’s Word, was a worthy cause and in God’s providence, leaders who believe in the authority of God’s Word, are in every major leadership post in the SBC. 3/10
But, a continuation of the constant politicization of this convention and its churches will come at the price of turning conservative brother against conservative brother, 4/10
(at the price) of losing church members who love Jesus, love the Bible, love the church, love the Convention, love the Kingdom of God, and love world missions, and at the price of losing the favor of God upon us. 5/10
Those of us who led the Conservative Resurgence have two choices. We can lead Southern Baptists in continuing to build the greatest missions enterprise ever known to mankind. 6/10
And, we can embrace a widening circle of Southern Baptist brothers, young and old, with whom we share a strong heartbeat for advancing the Kingdom of God. The Baptist Faith and Message was written as a confession to pull us together not as a creed to pull us apart. 7/10
It is time to cease narrowing the parameters of our collective convictions and widen the parameters of our vision for world missions.

Or, we can insist upon building our own kingdom like the pharaohs of old. 8/10
If we do, we shall lose the blessings God has showered abundantly upon Southern Baptists for over 160 years. Who among us would want to be held responsible for the loss of God’s power upon Southern Baptists? 9/10
No power brokered by men has ever been equal to the power of God. If we trade God’s power for man’s power, this Convention will become a dust bowl of dry bones.

My hope for our Convention is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. 10/10
Read the whole thing for yourself, a brillaint and moving plea from a man of God and SBC statesman. "My Hope for Our Convention."

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