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2005 BWA World Congress Message

TO BAPTIST BELIEVERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD with love and joy from those assembled together in Birmingham, UK, at the Centenary Congress of the BWA
Together those Assembled—

Decade of Racial Justice

The Baptist World Alliance Congress meeting in Melbourne, January 5-9, 2000
AFFIRMS that all human beings are created in the image of God and are called to full participation in the
human community;

Faith and Hope in the New Millennium

The Baptist World Alliance Congress meeting in Melbourne, January 5-9, 2000

AFFIRMS the message of the Congress theme, “Jesus Christ Forever. Yes!”; the center of all our life as
Baptists in Jesus Christ who is the eternal Son of God, Lord and Savior; we affirm the new century in the
strong hope of Christ and his future for all humanity;

Renewal, Growth, Evangelism and Mission

BWA World Congress Resolution 2000.4 BWA World Congress Resolution 2000.4 Renewal, Growth, Evangelism and Mission The Baptist World Alliance Congress meeting in Melbourne Jan. 5-9, 2000 GIVES thanks to Almighty God for the boundless blessings God bestows; ACCEPTS...

Human Rights and Social Justice

The Baptist World Alliance Congress meeting in Melbourne, January 5-9, 2000

REAFFIRMS our abiding conviction previously expressed on numerous occasions that human rights are God-given and that violations of human rights are violations of the laws of God;

Appreciation

The Baptist World Alliance General Council, meeting in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-8, 2016:
ACKNOWLEDGES the profound challenges created in many parts of our world by the massive flow of refugees and displaced persons,

Report of the Committee on Future Congresses

The report of the Committee on Future Congresses was presented as follows by Rev. L. A. Crandall, D.D., of Minneapolis, who moved its adoption. This was seconded by his Honor Judge W. Willis, K.C., of East Dereham, supported by Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., D.D., of London, and carried unanimously:

Future Congresses

Upon the motion of the President, seconded by Mr. Herbert Marnham, of London, it was resolved:— “That the President is hereby authorised to nominate a Committee on future Congresses with Rev. J. N. Prestridge, D.D., and Rev. J. H. Shakespeare, M.A., as Conveners, which shall report at the Morning Session on 17th July, 1905.

Telegram to King Edward VII

It was moved from the Chair, seconded by Rev. J. N. Prestridge, D.D., of Kentucky, and unanimously resolved to send the following message to His Majesty King Edward VII:
May it please your Majesty—
We, ministers and delegates of Baptist Churches in the United Kingdom, the British Colonies, America, and various other lands, representing over 7 millions of communicants, assembled in the Baptist world Congress, desire to express our joy at meeting in this land so dear to all lovers of religion and freedom.

1980 BWA World Congress Declaration

Declaration on Human Rights (Prepared by the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Freedom, Justice, and Peace and presented by the Commission's chairperson, William W. Pinson Jr., to the Congress on July 11, 1980.) We the Commission on Freedom, Justice, and Peace...

Terrorism

WHEREAS terrorism as a technique of dealing with political or ideological conflict has dramatically increased during recent years, and

WHEREAS indiscriminate attacks against civilians through bombing of airplanes, highjacking, kidnapping, harassment and murder are direct attacks against the sanctity of human life and contrary to the will of God, and

Racism in General and Apartheid in Particular

The Baptist World Congress, meeting in Los Angeles, CA, July 2-7, 1985, declares its belief that racism and the Christian Gospel are incompatible. We ground this conviction biblically in the doctrine of creation whereby every human person is given dignity as made in the image of God (Genesis 1 :27) and in the doctrine of redemption whereby we proclaim salvation in Christ, crucified and risen, for people of all races and colors (Colossians 3:11), and the external purpose of God to unite all creation in him (Ephesians 1 and 2).

The Congress Theme

We who have come together for many countries for this 15th Baptist World Congress 1985 praise God together for the good news of the Congress theme, “Out of Darkness into the Light of Christ.”
We believe this to be an essential message for this world stricken as it is with the darkness of death and disease, war and want, ignorance and unbelief, sin and disobedience.

The Fortieth Anniversary of the United Nations

This 15th Baptist World Congress 1985 takes note of the 40th anniversary of the United Nations this year and records with gratitude the many UN activities in addition to seeking peace which are directed to improving the quality of life among the nations of the world.

Appreciation

BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.8 Appreciation Realizing that the 75th Anniversary is a peak experience for our growing and dynamic Baptist World Alliance, we offer our sincere appreciation To the Baptist Federation of Canada and its leaders for their outstanding...

Ecology

Recognizing the grave world shortages of oil and many other sources of energy,
We urge on all governments and all members of our churches the need for careful and responsible husbanding of such resources, having in mind the effects of these shortages on the economies, especially of developing countries, and the requirements of succeeding generations.

Refugees

Feeling the deepest disquiet over the plight of the homeless peoples of the world,
We plead with all governments to give care and human rights to the dispossessed peoples within their jurisdiction so they may live with hope and security within their own country.

World Peace and Disarmament

Recognizing that the world is far from achieving peace and justice and that vast sums are spent on armaments while much of the world goes hungry or suffers from lack of education and medical care,
We affirm that we stand for peace and reconciliation among all nations.

World Hunger

Realizing that many of the world’s peoples are threatened by starvation caused by famine, war, and natural disaster, we recognize the gospel mandate for Christian people to be involved in meeting this urgent human need, and, therefore,
We encourage mission agencies and related church bodies to assist peoples to increase food production and to engage in teaching good nutrition, particularly where people are undernourished.

Religious Freedom and Human Rights

We understand the family to be an institution ordained of God and therefore of very special importance to the people of God. We reaffirm our conviction that:
Every child is a unique creation of God and deserves to be treated with appropriate dignity.
Every child should be enabled, without hindrance, to receive moral and religious training in his or her home and through the church.

Evangelism

We believe that the declaration and application of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the nurturing of those who accept him as Lord and Savior are fundamental to our existence. We recognize that major responsibility rests with the local church, and we are dedicated to strengthening the church and our people in this task. Within our local, national, and world communities, our fellowship carries a responsibility to extend the kingdom of God on earth.

Baptist World Aid and the Christian Lifestyle

With praise to God who provides “every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17), we express deep appreciation for the generous response to the Africa Hunger Response Fund Appeal and for gifts is support of other Baptist World Aid projects,

Religious Liberty

Gathered in Los Angeles for the 15th Baptist World Congress in July 1985, we who represent Baptists from about 100 countries, wish to reaffirm our adherence to the cherished principle of religious liberty.
We see it being threatened today by religious persecution in many parts of the world.

Nicaragua

This Congress receives with sadness the news of the appeal from the Board of Directors of the Baptist Convention of Nicaragua in a pastoral letter dated May 10, 1985 (and addressed to the American Baptist Churches of the USA, the Southern Baptist Convention of the USA, the World Council of Churches, the Latin American Council of Churches and Christian brothers and sisters of Nicaragua and the rest of the world).

Appreciation for Committees and Program Personnel

The Twelfth Baptist World Congress of 1970, held in Tokyo, Japan, resolves to offer its great appreciation to the Program Committee of the BWA, the Local Arrangements Committee of Japan Baptist Domai (Union), the Japan Baptist Renmai (Convention) and the Japan Baptist Church Association for the labor of love, in bringing this significant Baptist Congress, held on Asian soil for the first time, into great success.

Resolution of Appreciation for Committee and Program Personnel

The Thirteenth Baptist World Congress of 1975, held in Stockholm, Sweden, resolves to offer its great appreciation to the Program Committee of the BWA and to the Local Arrangements Committee of the Baptist Union of Sweden for the labor of love in bringing this Baptist Congress into great success.

Working with Other Religions and Organizations for World Peace

The Baptist World Alliance, in its continued and determined efforts for world peace with justice, and in its further endeavors to overcome the poverty and suffering of peoples of every nation, is willing to work with other religious groups and organizations toward these ends, doing so in a manner consistent with our Baptist principles and Baptist beliefs.

Sponsoring of Youth Work

Because the Baptist World Alliance has shown concern for Baptist young people throughout the world as evidenced by its sponsorship of Baptist Youth World Conferences, and because young people in this age have developed a keen sense of awareness to the need of applying Christian teachings in practical ministries in efforts to heed the call and commands of Christ,

Economic Justice

The Twelfth Baptist World Congress, meeting in Tokyo, Japan, during July 12-18, 1970, notes with deep concern the continuing and increasing lack of economic self-sufficiency suffered by the majority of the inhabitants of the world, particularly those who are citizens of the developing countries.

Sponsoring of Youth Work

The Twelfth Baptist World Congress of 1970, held in Tokyo, Japan, resolves to offer its great appreciation to the Program Committee of the BWA, the Local Arrangements Committee of Japan Baptist Domai (Union), the Japan Baptist Renmai (Convention) and the Japan Baptist Church Association for the labor of love, in bringing this significant Baptist Congress, held on Asian soil for the first time, into great success.

World Peace and Reconciliation

BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.1 We, the representatives of the Baptist World Alliance, assembled in Tokyo, Japan, in July, 1970: Reaffirm the deep devotion of Baptists to peace and reconciliation for all humanity on this earth under God; Restate our realization...

Reconciliation and Racial Discrimination

At Berlin in 1934, at Atlanta in 1939, at Copenhagen in 1947, at Cleveland in 1950, at London in 1955, at Rio de Janeiro in 1960, and at Miami Beach in 1965 the Baptist World Alliance registered its opposition to racial discrimination and its parent, racism, which is the evil of looking at men in terms of their differences of color or culture rather than their oneness as children of God.

1970 BWA World Congress Message to the Churches

We who have the privilege and joy of attending the Twelfth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance at Tokyo greet you, the members of churches in fellowship with the Alliance. In this written message we cannot convey the wonder of the inspiration felt in worship, prayer, and fellowship with so large a gathering of representatives from so many countries, meeting for the first time in Asia.

Resolution on Underprivileged Persons

We believe that all people of the world have one Father and that one God has created us all and that it is God’s will that all of His people should share in the conditions that provide for freedom, self- determination, technical knowledge, and the materials necessary to the life of persons whom God has created to fulfil His purposes.

Resolution of Thanks

We, the delegates of the Eleventh Baptist World Alliance Congress held at Miami Beach, Florida, June 25-30, 1965, offer thanks to our Heavenly Father for the privilege of fellowship with Baptists gathered from the nations of the world. We are grateful, not alone for new light and truth which have broken forth from the Word of God, but for the restatement of those things most surely believed among us.

Resolution on Peace

In these days of tension and concern for the destiny of all mankind, we Baptists appeal to all Christians to join together to preserve peace on earth.
We must answer the call “to seek peace and pursue it.” The things that belong to “Thy peace” must be found. No nation wins a nuclear war—all are defeated. As much as one hundred and twenty billions of dollars are being spent yearly on armaments and armed forces by the nations of the world.

Resolution on Separation of Church and State

Since Baptists everywhere have understood the gospel to call men to responsiveness to Christ as Lord, and have, therefore, been constant advocates of religious liberty, this Tenth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance reaffirms its belief in the separation of the church and its institutions from the state and its institutions. We express our satisfaction that so many governments have gained the confidence needed to recognize the right of churches to be free and to make them equal before the law. We commend this practice to all governments.

Resolution on Nuclear Testing

We urge the nations to dispense with all testing of nuclear weapons and the production of the same; and co-operatively, to agree on satisfactory methods of inspection designed to ensure that all nations shall exercise good faith in this matter.

Resolution on Race Relations

We urge the nations to dispense with all testing of nuclear weapons and the production of the same; and co-operatively, to agree on satisfactory methods of inspection designed to ensure that all nations shall exercise good faith in this matter.

Resolution on Brotherhood and Equality

That this Eleventh Congress of the Baptist World Alliance affirms its belief in both the brotherhood of all Christians and the equality of all men under God, regardless of race or social position, and that we accept our responsibility as Baptists to take a full share in solving the un-Christlike distinctions of our societies, wherever they are.

Resolution on Baptist Witness and Evangelism

That the members of the Congress accept the challenge presented in his Presidential Address by Dr. Joao Soren to a new thrust of Christian witness, evangelism, and service throughout the world. Believing this to be one of the greatest needs of our time in every continent they call upon their fellow Baptists to join them in united sacrificial endeavor in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1965 BWA World Congress Manifesto

WE REAFFIRM our faith that the gospel of God’s free salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is for all men, without distinction, and that today as in previous generations it speaks to man’s every need, convicting, redeeming, transforming, guarding the human spirit and requiring the ending of exploitation and tyranny, and the provision of full opportunities for its free acceptance and for worship, witness, and service.

Resolution on Peace

Whereas the Baptist World Alliance in 1934, 1939, 1947 and 1950 has already declared itself unalterably opposed to racial discrimination in every form; and
Whereas, in this Congress of the Baptist World Alliance representatives have gathered from more than sixty countries representing many nationalities and races;

Resolution on Bible Study and Sunday School Work

The members of the Congress understand that there is a strong desire that at the Conference on Bible Study and Sunday School Work to be held on Friday afternoon, 22nd July, certain definite proposals or plans for action should be put forward and approved.

Final Resolution

This final session of the Jubilee Congress of the Baptist World Alliance rejoices to record an attendance of over 8,500 delegates, representing Baptist communities in every continent and over sixty lands. It welcomes in particular the participation of a delegation from the Baptists of the Soviet Union.

Resolution on Race Relations

Whereas the Baptist World Alliance in 1934, 1939, 1947 and 1950 has already declared itself unalterably opposed to racial discrimination in every form; and
Whereas, in this Congress of the Baptist World Alliance representatives have gathered from more than sixty countries representing many nationalities and races;

Resolution of Thanks

We, the members of the Golden Jubilee Congress of the Baptist World Alliance held in London, England, July 16th to 22nd, 1955, warmly recognize, and express our heartfelt gratitude for, the careful and arduous preparations made by British Baptists, and especially by the Committees set up in London, for the hospitality shown us and for the arrangements made for our convenience and comfort.

Resolution on Evangelism

As members of the Golden Jubilee World Congress we cordially endorse the following resolution passed by the Conference of Ministers and Laymen held on Tuesday, July 19th, and request the Executive of the Alliance to take steps to give effect to it:

Resolution of Thanks to the Cleveland Committee

We, the members of the Eighth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance, desire to put on record our sincere and hearty thanks to the members and friends of the Cleveland Baptist Association for the admirable arrangements and gracious hospitality which have made possible the success of our 1950 sessions.

Resolution on Race Relations

WHEREAS, The Baptist World Alliance in 1934, 1939 and 1947 condemned racial discrimination;
WHEREAS, The question of race relations is world-wide in scope and is one of the most serious and baffling problems confronting mankind today;

Resolution on Prayer

Since the wrong we have committed only God can correct; since the peace and universal brotherhood we seek and long for, only God can bring; since the unity we desire, only God can bring it to pass; since every commission that has reported acknowledges that prayer is the key and the solution of the problems in its area and that at home and abroad souls are hungry for a better understanding of each other and a close walk with God, regardless of race, color, social, economic or cultural level;

Resolution on Genocide

The U. N. Convention defines genocide to mean certain acts (enumerated in Article II) committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such.
“Genocide is a denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, as homicide is the denial of the right to live of individual human beings.”

Resolution of Thanks

Whereas, The Baptist World Alliance has had the privilege these past three years of having as its President the Rev. C. Oscar Johnson, D.D., beloved pastor of the Third Baptist Church of St. Louis, Mo., and

Resolution on Christian Fellowship

As Baptists we recognize that we have had and continue to have a distinctive witness to the world and to the church; yet we believe that this ought not to keep us from the full realization that we are a part of Christ’s body and therefore one with all who are in fellowship with Him as Lord and Saviour.

Resolution on Race Relations

“Race relations is one of the perplexing problems which the Christian Church must face in the world to- day. There are many conditions and attitudes which strain and impair human relations and cause great concern; but we cannot solve the problem unless we face it forthrightly as Christians.

Resolution of Thanks

“Baptists in every land join with their fellow-Christians in the prayer that peace, both just and abiding, may come soon to the hearts of all mankind. To that end, we hail with hope two recent developments:
First, war has been defined and declared as a crime against society. Second, the founding of United Nations as a medium of interpreting and guaranteeing the right basis for effective expression of the common desire of all right-thinking people to enjoy life, liberty, and happiness.

Resolution concerning the Jews

“Aware of the unprecedented suffering through which the people of Israel have passed during recent years, millions of them being exterminated by the most inhuman means; aware also that these sufferings are not yet at an end, but that hundreds of thousands are still in concentration camps or wandering homeless from land to land; aware, further, that the poisonous propaganda and destructive designs of anti- Semitism are still at work in many lands: this Congress puts on record its sense of sorrow and shame that such conditions prevail.

Resolution on Displaced Persons

BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4 “This B.W.A. Congress at Copenhagen, assembled from many lands and representing many peoples, deeply concerned at the condition of the D.P.’s in many camps in Germany, Austria, and other countries, remembering that those who...

Resolution on International Relations

BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.1 "Baptists in every land join with their fellow-Christians in the prayer that peace, both just and abiding, may come soon to the hearts of all mankind. To that end, we hail with hope two recent developments: First, war has been...

Appreciation to John MacNeill

The Baptist World Alliance in Session at Berlin, Germany, August the fourth to the tenth; nineteen hundred and thirty-four, wish to express to their President, Dr. John MacNeill, their great appreciation of the warm, sympathetic and inspiring Greeting received from him. They also wish to express their sympathy with him in his present affliction and with his poignant grief in not being able to be with them in their sessions. They rejoice, however, in the assurance that his recovery now seems to be certain. They recognise their great loss in not having his effective leadership at the Congress.

Resolution of Thanks

Dr. Prestridge : It falls to me and is my great pleasure to read these resolutions of thanks. I think that is fitting because for two or three months I have been in daily correspondence,—and sometimes three and four times a day,—with the various chairmen of the committees here, and I know of their labors, of their afflictions and of their patience:

War

“The international misunderstandings, jealousies and rivalries which have followed the last Great War have baffled every effort to secure general disarmament. The preparation of munitions of war is a commercial interest. There is through-out the World a growing sense of insecurity because of the failure thus far to establish an effective commonwealth of nations possessing the authority and the means for redressing and preventing international injustice.

Resolution of Thanks

Resolution of Thanks
127. The President introduced Dr. Clifton Gray, who moved the following resolution, which was unanimously accepted:
“The Baptist World Alliance gratefully records its deep sense of obligation to many individuals and organizations as well as to the citizens of Atlanta as a whole for the magnificent cooperation which has helped to make this Sixth Baptist World Congress

Repression of Religion in Russia

BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.3 122. Dr. W. O. Lewis, European representative of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, moved the following resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee: “This World Congress of Baptists representing sixty countries...

Racialism

BWA World Congress Resolution 1939.5 The Sixth Baptist World Congress, assembled in Atlanta, Ga., is constrained to express the judgment of Baptist people in general on the question of race relationship. The members rejoice that the preparations for the present...

Temperance

BWA World Congress Resolution 1939.4 This assembly of the Baptist World Alliance declares that the sale and use of intoxicants increase crime, waste national resources, corrupt social habits, and are inimical to the welfare of individuals and of society, and should...

Russia

The members of this Sixth Baptist World Congress, meeting in Atlanta, Ga., record their sorrow that it has been impossible for any representatives from the U. S. S. R. to participate in their assembly. They would desire, if it is possible to reach them, to assure the Baptists in those Republics of the prayerful and continuous sympathy of their fellow-believers throughout the World.

Evangelism

The Congress rejoices in the spontaneous action of a number of its members in gathering for an informal conference on Evangelism, receives with high appreciation the suggestions and recommendations which they have put forward, and refers them to the Executive Committee for sympathetic consideration and consultation.

Rumania

This Baptist World Congress has learned with satisfaction that, through the action of the Prime Minister, the Rumanian Baptist Churches, which were last year closed as the effect of repressive administrative orders issued by the Minister of Cults, have throughout the larger part of the land been re-opened. The Congress has also learned of the issue of a new administrative decree whose terms are less severe than those of earlier decrees.

Resolutions on Commission Reports

(i) This Congress has received with high appreciation the report of Commission No. 1, on the subject “What Baptists Can Do to Avert War and Promote Peace,” and commends its contents to Baptists throughout the World for study and action.

Racialism

163. Professor A.T. Ohrn, Norway, moved the following Resolution on “Racialism”
“This Congress representing the world-wide, inter-racial fellowship of Baptists, rejoices to know that despite all differences of race, there is in Christ an all-embracing unity, so that in Him it can be claimed with deepest truth there is ‘neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all in all.’

Church and State

171. The Rev. Gilbert Laws, England, moved the following Resolution on “Church and State”:
“The members of this Congress believe that the Church is the company of the people of Christ with the Lord Himself according to His promise in the midst of them, and that He by His Spirit guides them into all Truth and makes plain to them the Will of God for them.

Relief for Russia

“This Congress hears with deep concern of the conditions of want and starvation in Soviet Russia which have already caused millions of deaths, and are likely, unless help can be given, to cost yet more millions of lives in the coming winter. It would welcome the appointment of an international non-political Commission to ascertain the extent of the need and to devise means of relief.”

Centenary Appreciation for Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“In the centenary year of the birth of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Baptist World Congress recalls with gratitude and praise the mighty preacher whose God-given powers have been exercised for the healing of the nations, and who “being dead yet speaketh.” Spurgeon gloried supremely in the Cross of Christ, and turned multitudes to his Saviour. Large-hearted and practical, he responded to the appeal of human need, and the Gospel he preached was illustrated by the Orphanage he founded.

The Centenary of the German Baptists

BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.2 107. An Address was given by Prof. C. Schneider, Germany, on the subject: “The Centenary of the German Baptists.” 108. The following Resolution was moved by Dr. J. W. Bradbury, U.S.A.: “The Fifth Baptist World Congress recognizes a...

Rumania

This Congress, representing the Baptists of the world, records its distress and indignation that the Rumanian Government has failed to secure the rights of religious minorities, and that it has failed to check or prevent numerous acts of persecution on the part of the local organs of administration.

Thanks to Swedish Baptists

Deeply appreciating the painstaking efforts of our Swedish brethren in the long work of preparation for this the third session of the Baptist World Alliance, and mindful especially of the faithful services of love rendered by Dr. C. E. Benander, Dr. J. Bystrom, the Rev. K. A. Modén, and others, who for many months have worked so untiringly for its success, we count it a distinct pleasure to register our cordial thanks. We are sure that nothing has been lacking in the preparations, and that no pains have been spared to ensure the comfort and welfare of the hundreds of delegates in attendance.

International Peace

The members of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Stockholm, recognize with thankfulness that there are many signs of hope on the far horizon, in spite of the fact that the war spirit is still at work among the nations. The sense of the horror and wickedness of war has burnt itself deeply into the heart and conscience of all the members of our churches.

Russian Delegates

The Baptist World Alliance expresses its gratification that the Russian delegates have been able to attend the Congress, and it welcomes them heartily. It feels that the situation is now more favourable for the carrying out of the original purpose of the College Fund, and it refers the whole matter, including Dr. Cree’s proposals, for the careful consideration of the Executive Committee. The Executive shall be authorized to take any further counsel which may be advisable with the Boards concerned.

World Baptist Young People’s Union

That there now be formed the World Baptist Young People’s Union, the aim of which shall be the uniting of the young Baptists in all countries; the contribution, membership and organization shall be discussed and determined by the World Baptist Young People’s Committee.

Temperance

That this Congress accords its whole-hearted approval of the important work being done in and through the Baptist churches of the world to secure, by the adoption of the principle and practice of Total Abstinence, and by governmental action, the removal of the evils wrought by the use of intoxicating drinks, and the total elimination of the drink traffic.

Thanks for Help in Time of Distress

A resolution of thanks from the many groups of suffering Baptists on the continent, to those who had succoured them, was presented by the Rev. F. W. Simoleit, of Germany, and was accepted.

Resolution Congratulating the Baptists of Sweden

Special congratulation was also given on the wonderful progress made by Swedish Baptists in their 75 years history, and on the singular devotion shown in that for every 600 members, they maintain one missionary abroad, thus standing at the head of all lands in this respect.

1923 BWA World Congress Message

The Third Baptist World Congress meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, July, 1923, and representing with few exceptions the Baptists of every country in the world, a constituency numbering ten millions of baptized members, and many millions of adherents, in view of world conditions, and resolutely facing the problems of the future, makes this statement of Baptist principles and purposes to the Christians and peoples of the world.

1928 BWA World Congress Message

1928 BWA World Congress Message Excerpt From the Foreword by J. H. Rushbrooke: It will be observed that the assembly at Toronto has adopted no formal resolutions. It became clear in the course of the week that (especially since the Alliance is not an executive or a...

Resolution of Thanks

BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.9 187. The Honorary Associate Secretary, Dr. Clifton D. Gray, in speak-ing to the subject, “What this Congress has accomplished,” moved the following Resolution of Thanks on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, with particular...

Resolution on Social Progress

Whereas, We hail with joy the fact that the Baptist World Alliance is giving such a large place to the social aspect of the gospel and the duty of Christian people to human society; and
Whereas, There is a growing conviction that Christianity is to dominate human life in all its relations, that it is Christ’s purpose to bring the blessings of the kingdom into the life of all men and that it is man’s duty to apply Christian principles to existing conditions in human society, and

Regarding Peace

“That this Baptist World Alliance, representing eight millions (8,000,000) and more of Baptists all over the earth, expresses its thankfulness to God for the brightening prospects of the extinction of war and the arrival of universal peace and good will.

The Coronation OF King George V and Queen Mary

That this Baptist World Alliance, representing eight millions (8,000,000) of members, and now meeting in the City of Philadelphia, hereby expresses its joy in the accession of King George V. and Queen Mary to the throne of the British Empire, and begs most respectfully to offer its sincere and hearty congratulations on their coronation in Westminster Abbey, and prays that God will abundantly bless their reign, making it to issue in the increasing happiness and well-being of the people, in the widest sway of justice and purity, in the maintenance and extension of peace, and the promotion of brotherhood and good-will amongst all men.

To the President of the United States

The Baptist World Alliance, in session in Philadelphia, begs to express its respectful greetings to the President of the United States as the Chief Executive of the great Republic within whose borders the Alliance meets. It assures him of its grateful appreciation of the welcome which has been accorded to its members in America. It offers earnest prayer for long and useful years of increasing personal and public service on behalf of the great cause of humanity, and gives thanks to God for his great contribution to the cause of peace.

Baptist Young People

At this, the first meeting ever held in the interest of Baptist young people throughout the world assembled at Philadelphia, June 20, 1911, we, delegates and visitors to the second session of the Baptist World Alliance wish to record our views regarding the work for our young people in the following statement and resolutions:

Report of the Committee on Future Congresses

The report of the Committee on Future Congresses was presented as follows by Rev. L. A. Crandall, D.D., of Minneapolis, who moved its adoption. This was seconded by his Honor Judge W. Willis, K.C., of East Dereham, supported by Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., D.D., of London, and carried unanimously:

Future Congresses

Upon the motion of the President, seconded by Mr. Herbert Marnham, of London, it was resolved:— “That the President is hereby authorised to nominate a Committee on future Congresses with Rev. J. N. Prestridge, D.D., and Rev. J. H. Shakespeare, M.A., as Conveners, which shall report at the Morning Session on 17th July, 1905.

Telegram to King Edward VII

It was moved from the Chair, seconded by Rev. J. N. Prestridge, D.D., of Kentucky, and unanimously resolved to send the following message to His Majesty King Edward VII:
May it please your Majesty—
We, ministers and delegates of Baptist Churches in the United Kingdom, the British Colonies, America, and various other lands, representing over 7 millions of communicants, assembled in the Baptist world Congress, desire to express our joy at meeting in this land so dear to all lovers of religion and freedom.