OBF Fall Conference Resolutions

It is important to know where we stand on religious issues. It is important for pastors and their congregations alike. The following resolutions are statements of positions declared in the 2003 Fall Conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship.

Resolution On Local Church Leadership

WHEREAS, communication media such as tape, Cd, MP3, radio, TV, cable, direct TV, Email, Internet, etc. abounds in our society; and

WHEREAS, the members of our local churches are prone to give ear to and possibly transfer authority and support away from the leadership in their own local church to the supposed authorities and ministries who appear in such above mentioned media; and

WHEREAS, Scripture is clear who is to pastor the minds and hearts of our church members and who is to be the primary recipient of support from the church membership (Eph 3:1-12; 1 Tim 5:17-18);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in the Fall Conference on October 10th and 11th, 2003, at Berean Bible Church, Cuyahougha Falls, Ohio, encourage those involved in the communication media to recognize the primacy of the local church and her leadership by encouraging support back to local churches and pastors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, therefore, that we call upon the members of fundamental churches to recognize the God ordained authority in their respective local churches by submitting to their leadership, enabling them to joyfully give an account for their souls (Hebrews 13:17); and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, therefore, that we the pastors of the OBF will diligently prepare ourselves to pastor and teach our people accurately and interestingly from the Word of God (2 Tim 2:15; 4:1-5) believing that a member well fed on the Word of God in their own church will be better equipped to evangelize the lost, edify the body and take proper advantage of the resources available in the communication media (2 Tim 3:13-17).

Resolution on Contemporary Missions Philosophy

WHEREAS, the Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Rom 1:16-17); and

WHEREAS, it pleases God to save those who believe through the simple proclamation of the Gospel, although it seems foolish to the world (1 Cor 1:21); and

WHEREAS, the Gospel is super-cultural, being intended by Jesus Christ for every culture (Mark 16:15; Rom 1:16-17); and

WHEREAS, the Gospel is actually anti-cultural, because of which we seek to maintain a distinction between our churches and the culture to which we minister (Rom 12:2; 1 John 2:15-17), not allowing the ungodly culture of the world to dictate our message or methods (2 Pet 2:20; 1 Cor 1:23); and

WHEREAS, the process of “contextualization,” the attempt to make the Gospel relevant or meaningful to another culture, has long been a part of the classic agenda of compromise, first by unbelieving liberals and subsequently by the new evangelicals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 11-12, at Berean Bible Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, renew our commitment to preach and teach the pure Gospel in our churches and to promote and support the same proclamation of the Gospel in missions endeavors abroad; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we provide helpful accountability for our missionaries, keeping in mind that we should not seek to be acceptable to the world’s culture but rather be pleasing to God (Gal 1:10); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we use discernment when reading material about missions philosophy and methods; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we warn our people of the dangers of contemporary evangelical “missions,” with its humanistic anthropological basis and pragmatic philosophy.

Resolution on Homosexual Agenda

WHEREAS, a very small portion of our nation’s population professes to be homosexual; and,

WHEREAS, many militant homosexuals have consistently promoted their cause with parades, political lobbyists, and other means; and,

WHEREAS, with the increasing propaganda, coupled with the demand for “political correctness” in our society, there seems to be an increasing tolerance, if not an acceptance, of the homosexual movement; and,

WHEREAS, the rising tolerance of the movement has spilled over into the religious arena as evidenced by the fact that numerous denominations and churches have homosexual pastors and that the Episcopal church has recently elected an openly homosexual bishop, severely dividing the denomination; and,

WHEREAS, a number of denominational bodies and seminaries are officially discussing the issue with the hope of avoiding division while promoting acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle with a sympathy for the idea of “gay” marriages; and,

WHEREAS, much of the discussion has begun because many in the religious community have declared their rejection of the historic interpretation of Scripture on the subject, suggesting that societal changes dictate that the Bible is no longer relevant; and,

WHEREAS, the Bible, the eternal Word of God, forever settled in heaven, not one jot nor tittle of which shall be changed until all is fulfilled, has clearly condemned homosexuality in such passages as Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:24-27; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference in Berean Bible Church, Akron, Ohio, October 10, 11, 2003, reaffirm our unwavering belief in the accuracy of the Bible in expressing God’s position on every subject; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, on biblical ground, we oppose the homosexual agenda and that we encourage the people in our churches to oppose it as well; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we keep our churches clean before God in this area by staff hiring practices and membership standards which would filter out official contamination, while, at the same time, seeking to win to Christ any person entrapped by the homosexual lifestyle.

Resolution on the Heritage of the Ohio Bible Fellowship

WHEREAS, recalling that the Ohio Bible Fellowship was formed on January 12, 1968 in response to the compromising spirit of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America as discerned by the men of the Ohio Regional, who realized that organization did not hold the separatist position it previously held; and

WHEREAS, keeping in mind that history teaches us that religious organizations and movements inevitably tend toward compromise, often proving the adage correct, “The only thing standing between us and new evangelicalism is a matter of time”; and

WHEREAS, noting with regret that once separatistic fellowships, schools, churches, and denominations have repeatedly succumbed to compromise at the hands of the moderates—those who are sympathetic to a separatist position yet wish to avoid confrontation; and

WHEREAS, recognizing that the Ohio Bible Fellowship has maintained a consistent practice of the biblical doctrine of separation through a continued emphasis upon this crucial teaching, firmly believing that no one can preserve a position without crusading for it;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 11–12, 2002, at Greencastle Community Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio, humbly thank God for the militant separatist heritage of the Ohio Bible Fellowship and for providentially allowing us to be a part of this fellowship; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we review and reflect upon the history and purpose of the Ohio Bible Fellowship to encourage, remind, and warn ourselves; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to emphasize the scriptural teaching of separatism as delineated in the biblical commands to separate from unbelief (2 Cor 6:14–7:1), to break fellowship with disobedient brethren (2 Thess 3:6; 14–15), and to point out those who contradict biblical doctrine (Rom 16:17; Eph 5:7–10) in our preaching, teaching, public and private counsel, and in the official publication of our fellowship, the Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we, the majority of whom are part of the Ohio Bible Fellowship’s second or third generation, reaffirm our commitment to maintain the proactive separatist heritage being passed down to us by those who have gone before and to zealously defend the faith that has been entrusted to us (2 Tim 1:13–14; Jude 3).

December 2003

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