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Baptists adopt statment on family

"A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ," according to a recent statement by the Southern Baptist Convention. "She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation."

The four-paragraph statement on the family, approved overwhelmingly at the annual meeting of the country's largest Protestant denomination, is now the 18th article in the "Baptists Faith and Message," a text adopted by the Southern Baptists in 1963 that has been amended once.
The four-paragraph statement on the family, approved overwhelmingly at the annual meeting of the country's largest Protestant denomination, is now the 18th article in the "Baptists Faith and Message," a text adopted by the Southern Baptists in 1963 that has been amended once.

"I think we are making a very clear statement of biblical truth," said Anthony Jordan, chair of the statement's drafting committee. "We are saying to the culture that this is God's direction for family life."

The complete four-paragraph statement can be viewed on the Web site: www.case-studies.com/articles/bfm_ammendment.htm.

Also at the meeting, Baptists passed resolutions calling on government leaders to maintain the "highest standards of morality," and for affirming the "finality, sufficiency and exclusivity of the Christian gospel and of biblical revelation as the sole source of saving truth."


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