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Sixth and Final Report of the SBC Funding Study
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Stand For Marriage
Final Report of Ad Hoc CP Committee
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Cooperative Program Advance Plan
Fourth Report of the SBC Funding Study Committee
Review of NOBTS's Sole Membership Charter Amend.
Response to reservations about sole membership
Reservations Concerning a Charter Amendment Prop.
Sole Membership - A Florida Layman’s Perspecti
A Letter to Dr. Denton Lotz
Letter from Albert W. Wardin
The Relation of the SBC to its Entities
SBC Funding Study - State of Giving
What is Sole Membership?
Sole Membership
Letter to Missouri Churches
Questions and Answers
Behind the Scenes at the SBC
Response by Morris H. Chapman to the BGCT
Does It Matter What Missionaries Believe?
Letter to the Baptist Standard
On Facts and Fallacies
Letter by SBC EC President to Dr. James L. Hill
A View from the Other Side
Carter's rift with SBC not a new development
SBTS Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee
Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee Report
SBTS Response to BGCT Seminary Study Committee
Exec. Comm. Interacts with BGCT Funding Proposal
The Pastor's Point of View on the BGCT
Feasibility Study for Name Change
Report of the SBC Peace Committee
Doctrine, Cooperation, and Association
Report to the Fellowship of Deacons
Too High a View of Scripture?
The Truth about the SBC and Texas
Christ, The Bible, and Human Experience
Bibliolatry — A Fraudulent Accusation
BFM - Still Thoroughly Baptist!
Texas First, Texas Only - Not the Spirit
Anti-SBC Leaders Threaten Cooperative Program
Southern Baptists and Women Pastors
The Root of the SBC Controversy
Your Church Reaching the World for Christ
Together We're Carrying Out the Great Commission
Doctrinal integrity paramount for Serminary
Have Baptists replaced Jesus with a book?
Why theology matters for the Great Commission task
A survey of the 2000 BFM
Baptists, the Bible and confessions
Southern Seminary and the Abstract of Principles
An Open Letter to Southern Baptists
A Statement About the Baptist Faith & Message
An Example of the Need to Change The BFM
Incredible Vanishing Corporations
Committee on Cooperation - Report and Findings
An Open Letter from Dr. Allen to Dr. Wade
Why Cooperate?
The Southern Baptist Convention is Alive and Well
Letter by SBCEC President to TX Church Leaders
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"There should be an 'Abstract of Principles', or careful statement of theological belief, which every professor in such an institution must sign when inaugurated, so as to guard against the rise of erroneous and injurious instruction in such a seat of sacred learning."

James P. Boyce
from "Three Changes in
Theological Institutions"
- summarized by John Broadus, 1856

Letter from Gordon Fort to the Baptist Standard
by Gordon Fort, IMB Missionary, Regional Leader
February 14, 2002

I have read with surprise and disappointment the misinformation being circulated about the request that IMB missionaries affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

As an IMB missionary for 17 years, the son of an IMB missionary from Texas, and a Texas pastor for 10 years, it is my honor to affirm the 2000 BF&M to all Southern Baptists. This has long been the practice for missionary candidates, even under previous IMB leadership. Southern Baptists -- and Texas Baptists -- have a right to expect that the missionaries they support are in step with the statement of faith adopted by the SBC. It is IMB administration’s responsibility to keep that trust.

To affirm my agreement with the BF&M and to note any areas of disagreement is not signing a creed. To promise to carry out my responsibilities “in accordance with and not contrary to” the BF&M is a reasonable expectation of any SBC employee. I do not consider it a lack of trust or an infringement on my conscience.

In accountability to Texas Baptists, who support us and pray for us, we are seeking to fulfill the mission mandate to reach a lost world for Jesus Christ. Great opportunities lie before us in this generation. We are seeing thousands of souls swept into the Kingdom. Thousands of Southern Baptists are responding to the call of missions. Let us not fail in this generation when so much is at stake.

Thank you, Texas Baptists.

Gordon Fort
IMB missionary
Regional Leader, Southern Africa

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