Winter Conference Resolutions

In each of our Ohio Bible Fellowship Conferences we try to declare some resolutions on issues which concern us. We trust that they inform and encourage our Fellowship constituency and other readers of the Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor. The following resolutions were passed in the Winter Conference.

Resolution on What Love Is This? by Dave Hunt

WHEREAS, the Bible clearly teaches that God is sovereign in salvation, freely choosing in eternity past those whom he will save (Eph 1:4; 1 Thess 1:4; Col 3:12; Acts 13:48; 2 Tim 1:9), and that no man has the right to question God in matters of his will (Rom 9:19–20; 3:4; Job 38:1–2); and

WHEREAS, the Bible clearly teaches that man is unable to please God by his own works or come to God in his own strength (Rom 8:7–8; Eph 2:1; Isa 64:6); and

WHEREAS, the Bible clearly teaches that God freely offers salvation to those who do not deserve it—this is the very nature of grace (Rom 9:14–16, 18; Eph 2:8–9), and therefore, grace cannot be demanded on any grounds—else it would no longer be grace (Rom 11:6); and

WHEREAS, the book What Love Is This? by Dave Hunt (Sisters, OR: Loyal Publishing, 2002), caricatures the clear biblical teaching of election to salvation as an extreme doctrine of “hyper-Calvinism,” which denies the Bible’s clear teaching of man’s responsibility to repent and believe, and employs many fallacious arguments in its zeal to discredit this caricatured view; and

WHEREAS, the book advocates a view of man’s sinfulness which claims that man’s will is weakened by sin but not enslaved, denying the Bible’s clear teaching and even going beyond Arminianism, which teaches that man is unable to come to God without prevenient grace; and

WHEREAS, the book attempts to overthrow God’s holiness with a supposed view of his love, implying that God is inconsistent in the administration of his holy character; and

WHEREAS, the book has been endorsed by some fundamentalists who presume to avoid the errors of extreme Calvinism;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference on January 10–11, at Westerville Bible Church, Westerville, Ohio, reject the unscriptural teachings and implications of this book; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we emphasize the clear teaching of Scripture, including man’s responsibility to repent of his sin and believe in Jesus Christ, God’s gracious electing to salvation, and his sovereign grace in salvation in our preaching and teaching; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we warn our people of those who make man sovereign by holding God to a man-made standard of “fairness”; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we teach our people to be discerning, sorting emotional attacks from correct biblical interpretation and argumentation.

Resolution on the Primacy of the Local Church

WHEREAS, the Bible teaches that the church organism expressed in local churches is God’s possession (2 Corinthians 1:1, 2; 1 Timothy 3:15); and

WHEREAS, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23, Colossians 1:18); and

WHEREAS, the Bible teaches that the church is the object of Jesus’ special affection and care, and having been cared for by Jesus Himself, will be built (Matthew 16:18) and will stand before God, holy and without blemish, in the last day (Ephesians 5:23-27); and

WHEREAS, the Bible teaches that gifts are given to those who are in Christ for the express purpose of edifying the church (1 Corinthians 14:12); and

WHEREAS, the Bible teaches that the church is the pillar and support of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15); and

WHEREAS, the New Testament makes no mention of any other organism or organization through which the gospel is to be administrated;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in the Winter Conference on January 10th and 11th, 2003, at Westerville Bible Church, Westerville, Ohio, reaffirm our conviction that the church is the primary instrument through which God works in our dispensation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the churches of the Ohio Bible Fellowship and those churches of like faith and practice rise up and take seriously the leadership that God has entrusted to the church in this dispensation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to make the primary missions emphasis of our churches the planting of indigenous churches both at home and abroad; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recognize that the authority of para-church organizations does not extend over the authority of the church; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we, the members of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, uphold the primacy of the church by respecting the autonomy of each local assembly represented in our fellowship by giving due consideration to the leadership provided by those local assemblies, till Jesus comes to remove the church and take us home to be with Him.

Resolution on Abortion

WHEREAS, God is the Creator and preserver of life of all kinds; and

WHEREAS, God singled out man as created in His likeness and image; and

WHEREAS, such a distinguishing of human life inseparably links mankind to God’s nature and character; and

WHEREAS, the Psalmist declared, “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5) using the personal pronouns, thus indicating that he was a person at conception and during development in the womb; and

WHEREAS, such a personal designation leads to the logical conclusion that an abortion procedure at any stage of development would involve the taking of a life created in the image of God; and

WHEREAS, human legalization of the procedure notwithstanding, God clearly condemns such taking of human life; and

WHEREAS, there is now pending in congressional and administration plans legislation to ban the procedure known as “partial birth abortion” which plans are opposed by Planned Parenthood and other such liberal organizations; and

WHEREAS, we have an opportunity to lend our influence to the national legislative process toward momentous cause;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference at Westerville Bible Church, Westerville, Ohio, on January 10, 11, 2003, declare anew our recognition of the sacredness of human life and our consequent opposition to partial birth abortion and that we let our U.S. Senators know of our corporate opposition; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we encourage the people of our church congregations to let their Congressmen and Senators know of their personal opposition to partial birth abortion and their support for the upcoming legislation banning the procedure.

February 2003

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