Sufficiency of Scripture Resolution

The Biblical Recorder is about to run a story that will cite a resolution that is being submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention that I was able to help craft along with others including Rev. Steve Scoggins and Rev. Bill Sturm. It relies on work done by others in previous resolutions along with our own contributions. This resolution was affirmed by the Resolutions and Memorials Committee of the Baptist State Convention of NC. It is our hope that the SBC will adopt this resolution next June.

Resolution on the Sufficiency of Scripture and the Insufficiency of Critical Race Theory

WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message states, “[A]ll Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried” (Article I); and 

WHEREAS, Humanity is primarily identified in Scripture as image bearers of God; and 

WHEREAS, the sameness of humanity built upon the Image of God, justifies the value of all individuals in something that transcends race, gender, and other identity intersections; and

WHEREAS, The New Covenant further unites image bearers from every nation, tribe, tongue, and people, through the gospel of Jesus Christ; and

WHEREAS, Scripture already contains principles by which to confront the sins of racism, sexism, injustice, and abuse that are not rooted in secular ideologies; and 

WHEREAS, Christian community is not based on the secular ideologies of intersectionality or critical theory but instead on our common salvation in Christ; and

WHEREAS, we find our true identity in Christ; and

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are insufficient to diagnose and address the root causes of the social ills and sinful actions that they identify; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention is committed to the sufficiency of Scripture and is committed to seeking biblical literacy through biblical teaching; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention affirm Scripture as the first, last, and sufficient authority with regard to how the Church seeks to address social ills and sinful actions, and we reject any conduct, creeds, and religious opinions which contradict Scripture; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality do not aid in the propagation of the Gospel; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the gospel of Jesus Christ alone grants the power to change people and society because “he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we reject any ideology that establishes human identity in anything other than divine creation in the image of God and, for all redeemed humanity, our common identity, together eternally united to Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That while we reject the use of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, we do not deny that ethnic, gender, and cultural distinctions exist and are a gift from God. These gifts will give Him absolute glory when all humanity gathers around His throne in worship because of the redemption accomplished by our resurrected Lord; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention exhibits the promise that distinctions created by God and gifted by God give Him absolute glory in our churches.

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