BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1
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.
We particularly commend the efforts of the United Nations and its related agencies aimed at:
(a) the improvement of world health;
(b) the curtailment of drug traffic and abuse;
(c) greater self-sufficiency and an improving standard of living for developing countries;
(d) disaster relief and aid for refugees from both human and natural disasters;
(e) the improvement of food production and economic distribution for the hungry and poor in the world;
(f) the reduction and ultimate elimination of racial discrimination in all its forms;
(g) greater adherence by all nations to its charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We affirm that such goals are in line with the ethical teaching of the Old Testament prophets and the Ten Commandments and with the message of the Kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus and the Apostles.
We therefore reaffirm the pledge made by the 1947 Baptist World Congress to implement by word an action through every appropriate channel the noble purposes of the United Nations.
We value our continuing opportunity and responsibility of consultancy status, and therefore we call upon the Baptist World Alliance, its Conventions, Unions and Churches, to use the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to:
(a) Make a new commitment of prayer for the United Nations;
(b) Promote interest and support for the organization and its programs;
(c) Encourage worldwide rededication to the principles and purposes of its charter.
Original Source Bibliography: Kerstan, Reinhold J. And Burke, Ruby J., editors. Out of the Darkness Into the Light: Official Report of the Fifteenth Congress, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 2-7, 1985. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1985.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Reinhold J. Kerstan and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Out of the Darkness Into the Light: Official Report of the Fifteenth Congress, Los Angeles, California, USA, July 2-7, 1985 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1985), pp. 217-218.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1 The Fortieth Anniversary of the United Nations; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1985.1).
BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.5
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.
We appeal to the nations of the world to expedite the export/import of food, seed, and fertilizer among the developing nations; to increase their budgets with greater relief and development efforts; and to continue to permit duty-free entry of relief supplies to authorized relief agents.
We encourage the United Nations and other such international agencies to continue to utilize nongovernmental organizations and church relief agencies in the distribution of food in areas of need without violation of individual conscience.
We call upon pastors and other leaders to continue to teach and to preach the special responsibility of those who have to reduce their personal consumption, to share, and to pray, so that more of the limited food supply of the world will be made available to those who are hungry.
Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E. and Burke, Ruby J., editors. Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981), p. 243.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.5 World Hunger; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.5).
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 greatly valued their homes are now homeless, and those who formerly were bound in States are now Stateless, and those who once followed a trade or business are now without hire or means of gain, would urge with all emphasis upon all Governments and States concerned:
(1) That the D.P.s should be allowed, so far as possible, to enter countries according to their own choice, and
(2) That as those who have greatly valued their family life, they should be allowed to take their families with them, and
(3) That Governments should reconsider the conditions of immigration so as to admit as large a number as possible irrespective of the national quota, and
(4) That these D.P.s should be accompanied by their pastors to give spiritual comfort and instruction, and to see to their spiritual welfare, and
(5) That access should be granted to all information of name, faith, and destination of each D.P.; and would urge with equal emphasis upon all Baptist communities in the countries where the D.P.s enter that they should prepare and provide for a welcome worthy of the name of Christ, and should offer and cultivate all measures making for mutual fellowship and for worship, especially to those of our own faith and order.”
The resolution was moved, seconded, and unanimously adopted by the Congress.
Original Source Bibliography: Lewis, Walter O., editor. Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Walter O. Lewis, ed., Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948), pp. 99-100.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4 Resolution on Displaced Persons; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.4).
BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.4
124. The Rev. B. Grey Griffith, England moved the following resolution on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, which was seconded from the Chair:—
“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.”
125. The Resolution was put and carried unanimously.
Original Source Bibliography: Rushbrooke, J. H., editor. Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4- 10, 1934. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: J. H. Rushbrooke, ed., Fifth Baptist World Congress: Berlin, August 4-10, 1934 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1934), p. 14.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.4 Relief for Russia; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1934.4).
BWA World Congress Resolution 1923.3
Minutes, p. xx:
32. 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.
Meetings Summary, pp. 57-58:
The following resolution was moved on behalf of the Union of the Baptist-groups in the countries of Europe, that have suffered because of the recent war and its disastrous results, by the Rev. F. W. Simoleit, Missions- Direktor, Neuruppin:—
During the dark days of need and distress in our respective lands the members and friends of our churches also suffered intensely from a grievous lack of food and clothing, etc. In the countries not thus affected, our fellow-believers, impelled by apostolic precedent and example, came to our help in a spirit of noble self-sacrifice and of delicate consideration for our peculiar situation, and thus did much to lighten our burdens. They made it possible for us to feed the famishing, to clothe the naked, to succour the widows and orphans. They helped to save our missionary enterprises against wreck and ruin and enabled us to assist also many needy ones, who were outside of our Baptist ranks.
With a profound feeling of gratitude we recognize in the effort of the Baptist World Alliance a real action of Paul’s admonition: “bear ye one another’s burden,” and we cheerfully record the fact, that through this ministration of the Alliance we have been wonderfully strengthened in our faith in the actual presence of Christ in the life of our great denomination.
With a deep sense of our obligation we wish to thank most heartily all of our fellow-brethren in the faith for their loyal and loving support, and to beseech the Lord, that He might pour out His richest blessings upon all those, who in the name of Jesus gave us their assistance in so unselfish a spirit and in such liberal measure.
We cannot refrain from making particular mention of the fact, that the General-Secretaries and Secretaries of the Unions that came to our aid, and the Commissioner of the World-Alliance, Dr. Rushbrooke, spared neither time nor labour to secure all the information possible concerning the situation in the needy lands, in order to direct intelligently and sympathetically the needed help. We would assure them of our profound gratitude.
May the Spirit of Jesus Christ—the Spirit of Love and of Service— continue to be a sacred treasure and trust in our denomination, in order that our common Lord may be glorified and His Name be praised throughout the world.
Original Source Bibliography: Whitley, W. T., editor. Third Baptist World Congress: Stockholm, July 21- 27, 1923. London: Kingsgate Press, 1923.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: W. T. Whitley, ed., Third Baptist World Congress: Stockholm, July 21-27, 1923 (London: Kingsgate Press, 1923), pp. xx, 57-58.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1923.3 Thanks for Help in Time of Distress; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1923.3).