The Best Resolution the SBC has Passed in A Very Long Time


WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live” (Acts 17:26); and

WHEREAS, The Psalmist proclaimed, “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD” (Psalm 24:1); and

WHEREAS, The Apostle Peter said, “God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him” (Acts 10:34–35); and

WHEREAS, Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ Jesus alone and not in our ethnicity (Galatians 3:27–28); and

WHEREAS, Scripture proclaims that Jesus is purchasing by His blood believers “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9); and WHEREAS, Throughout eternity we will gather with a “multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language” in worship of our risen Savior (Revelation 7:9); and

WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message conveys that all Christians are obligated to make the will of Christ supreme in their own lives and in human society, opposing all forms of racism, selfishness, and vice, and bringing government and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love; and

WHEREAS, We know from our Southern Baptist history the effects of the horrific sins of racism and hatred; and

WHEREAS, In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention repudiated “historic acts of evil, such as slavery,” committed “to eradicate racism in all its forms from Southern Baptist life and ministry,” and “genuinely repent[ed] of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously or unconsciously”; and

WHEREAS, In recent years the Convention has nominated and elected individuals from a variety of ethnicities, including electing our first African-American president in 2012; and

WHEREAS, In recent resolutions the Southern Baptist Convention called on “all Christian men and women to pray and labor for the day when our Lord will set all things right and racial prejudice and injustice will be no more” (2014); expressed continued grief “over the presence of racism and the recent escalation of racial tension in our nation” (2015); and urged fellow Christians to discontinue using the Confederate battle flag, acknowledging that it is “used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people” (2016); and

WHEREAS, More than 20 percent (nearly eleven thousand) of our cooperating Southern Baptist congregations identify as predominately non-Anglo and for the last three years more than 50 percent of Southern Baptist new church plants have been predominately non-Anglo; and

WHEREAS, B&H Academic recently published Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention, highlighting our continuing need to root out vestiges of racism from our own hearts as Southern Baptists; and

WHEREAS, Racism and white supremacy are, sadly, not extinct but present all over the world in various white supremacist movements, sometimes known as “white nationalism” or “alt-right”; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13–14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we acknowledge that we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our midst; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we earnestly pray, both for those who advocate racist ideologies and those who are thereby deceived, that they may see their error through the light of the Gospel, repent of these hatreds, and come to know the peace and love of Christ through redeemed fellowship in the Kingdom of God, which is established from every nation, tribe, people, and language.

Joel Osteen’s ‘Church’ Has Gone Almost a Year Without Mentioning Jesus

Mockery at its finest

According to sources from within Lakewood Church, the largest congregation in the country, a church staffer was seen adjusting the numbers on the church’s “Days Without A Reference To Jesus” sign after the church’s 11:00 a.m. service Sunday.

The sign, proudly displayed in Lakewood Church’s massive foyer adjacent to its Jeremiah 29:11 mural, was updated from 332 days to 333 Sunday afternoon as Pastor Joel Osteen’s sermon went off without a hitch, and without a single reference to the Savior. Likewise, no mention of the name was uttered within the large ministry building.

“Great work, team! Let’s keep this streak alive!” one of Osteen’s assistants reportedly beamed as the sign was updated.

One Lakewood Church source claims the figure is a new record for Pastor Joel and the Lakewood staff, continuing their impressive streak after shattering their old record last month of 297 days without once mentioning Jesus Christ or the forgiveness from sins that He offers through His sacrifice on the cross within the walls of the church building.

BNTS Registration Reminder


A reminder that the early bird rate for this year’s British New Testament Conference in Maynooth ends on 30th June. If you intend to take advantage of this rate, please do book in plenty of time. You can access booking here: or from our society webpage: Once again, it is worth stressing that it is relatively cheap and easy to get to the venue.

Students who plan to apply to the travel grant should aim to take advantage of early travel offers. If you are not an EU citizen, please do check any additional visa requirements.

Best wishes,

Dr Paul Middleton
Secretary, The British New Testament Society