|Patterson speaks on SBC withdrawal from BWA|
Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, explains why the Southern Baptist Convention should approve the recommendation to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance. Photo by Matt Miller
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly July 15 to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.
The BWA is not a governing body but is a fellowship organization with headquarters in Falls Church, Va. The BWA, which includes 211 member Baptist conventions/unions, was formed in London, England, in 1905, in large part by Southern Baptists.
"We have noted, with sorrow in our hearts, a continual leftward drift in the BWA," Paige Patterson told messengers during the Executive Committee's report at SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.
|Thousands vote for SBC to leave BWA|
Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting vote June 15 for the SBC to withdraw from membership in the Baptist World Alliance. Messengers convened in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis June 15-16 for the 147th session of the SBC, in its 159th year. Photo by Van Payne
Patterson is president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of nine SBC leaders named to a committee formed in 1997 to evaluate the relationship between the SBC and BWA.
The SBC study committee noted in recent years the BWA's increasingly anti-American stances, tolerance of liberal theology and disregard for its own procedures in accepting the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as a member in 2003.
SBC messengers, in 2003, approved an Executive Committee recommendation to cut BWA funding in its 2004 fiscal year from $425,000 to $300,000, but to continue dialogue with the BWA toward possibly resolving the dispute. Read More