As I think most of you know, last Monday afternoon (Dec. 5th) I had a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the NAFWB. The meeting was extremely beneficial and I left greatly encouraged. At the meeting I delivered a letter from our church, addressed to the Executive Committee of the NAFWB. The letter outlined our concerns. I have openly expressed those concerns on this blog.
Yesterday, Dec. 8th, I received a letter from the Executive Committee, explaining the action that was taken by the committee. At their requests to wait until the action was posted on their website, and with their permission, I have copied that letter below.
Rev. Kevin Riggs
Franklin Community Church
200 Devrow Court
Franklin, TN 37064
December 8, 2011
The Executive Committee of the National Association of Free Will Baptists met on December 7, 2011 in its regular semi- annual meeting. The letter from your church was presented to the committee and read out loud. The committee took the following action concerning the issue that spurred your letter.
“Motion passed that we reaffirm the resolution deploring all forms of racism that was adopted at our 1995 convention and that we support the official statement issued by our National Association’s Executive Office. Further, we recommend the Bible study on “Racism, the Bible and the Church” published by Randall House.”
The resolution mentioned is as follows:
1995 Resolutions Committee Report
Resolution #2 – Resolution Concerning Racism
Whereas, all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and,
Whereas, all people have descended through “one blood” from Adam (Acts 17:26) and,
Whereas, God desired for all people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9),
Be it resolved that the National Association of Free Will Baptists do hereby condemn racism in any form and do pledge to proclaim the Gospel freely to all men of every race.
This motion was adopted by the Executive Committee unanimously. Any correspondence on the issue for the committee should be directed to the clerk of the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
We trust this action will answer any questions regarding where our body stands on the issue of racism that might be present.
In His service,
Rev. Randy Bryant,
National Association of Free Will Baptists
I am thankful for the quick action taken by the Executive Committee. I pray we can all move forward with a new urgency to proclaim the gospel of reconciliation to all.