Southern Baptists Urge Barack Obama to Restrict Abortion

southern-baptist-convention-texas.jpgA Texas Southern Baptist group this week urged President-elect Barack
Obama to restrict abortion and called on Christians not to support
charities or other groups that promote abortion or embryonic stem-cell
research.

Malcom Yarnell,
chairman of the resolutions committee, referred to the Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion as “the greatest moral
tragedy in the last 35 years of American history.”

The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, a conservative group, held its 10th annual meeting this week at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

Conference
attendees, or messengers, approved 10 resolutions, including four
concerning theological issues and three addressing moral issues,
Yarnell said.

Among them was one
supporting the “traditional Biblical view” that marriage is between a
man and a woman. All levels of government were urged to sponsor
legislation to endorse their view.

Another protested
“efforts to suppress the free expression of Christian beliefs — whether
in the cause of tolerance, unity, science or secular faith.”

In other business,
the convention re-elected the Rev. Bob Pearle, pastor of Birchman
Baptist Church in Fort Worth, for a second term as president. The Rev.
Kevin Ueckert, senior pastor of Abilene’s South Side Baptist, was
elected first vice president, and second vice president Jimmy
Pritchard, pastor of First Baptist in Forney, was re-elected without
opposition.

The
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention started in November 1998 with 120
churches, splitting from the more moderate Baptist General Convention
of Texas. SBTC is dedicated to missions, evangelism and support of the
Southern Baptist Convention. It now includes more than 2,000 churches.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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