The Ohio Bible Fellowship and Resolutions

feature-article.gifDuring the business sessions of the Ohio Bible Fellowship’s quarterly meetings resolutions are read, considered, and acted upon by the Fellowship’s members and delegates. These resolutions are published in the Visitor, and depending on the particular subject matter, sometimes they are also read and addressed during church services. You may have wondered what exactly is a resolution, why the OBF considers and adopts them, or how they are composed and considered.
A resolution is simply a formal motion in written form. Through these formal, written motions, the OBF sets forth and conveys its opinion and position regarding important and significant issues. Resolutions are also written to influence others with regard to the particular subject being addressed. The basis by which the particular subject of a resolution is evaluated is the OBF’s constitution and commitment to militant, separatist fundamentalism.


Resolutions have been utilized by all kinds of organizations: individual churches, denominations, the American Library Association, the Republican and Democratic Parties, and groups you probably have never heard of such as The American Society of Mammologists, established in 1919 for the purpose of promoting the study of mammals! Resolutions are created by these organizations to address issues such as social drinking, US immigration policies, particular authors, ethical issues, and even the protection of ground hogs.
In order for a resolution to accomplish the purposes of declaring opinion and influencing others with regard to a particular topic, it must possess some necessary characteristics. The facts about a specific resolution must be true; otherwise, the action called for will not have a correct motivation. This means that significant study about the topic under consideration must done. The resolution also needs to be clearly written so there is no misunderstanding about the facts and the action called for.
A resolution is really one long sentence. It is made up of two parts, the preamble (beginning with “Whereas”) and the resolves (beginning with “Resolved”). The preamble establishes the reasons for the resolution, justifying or giving the purpose for the called for action. The resolves is the actual motion that is adopted regarding the particular subject. Here’s an example from the Greenfield Parents’ Association:

WHEREAS cleanliness is next to godliness; and
WHEREAS our children continually make a mess of the house;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members of the Greenfield Parents’ Association, call upon our children to put their things away after they are done using them.

Where do the OBF’s resolutions come from and how are they adopted? The resolutions committee is charged with preparing resolutions for the quarterly OBF business meetings. Also, any member of the Fellowship can submit a resolution to the committee for consideration. Before the business meeting, the committee checks the resolution’s facts, wording, and structure. During the business session each resolution is read, put on the floor for discussion, considered, and then either voted on or tabled for future consideration.
The OBF’s existence owes itself to resolutions. In the early 1960s the Ohio Regional proposed a resolution calling for a strengthening of the IFCA Voice magazine, a resolution that was not allowed by the IFCA Executive Committee to come to the floor. That began several years of debate and efforts that eventually resulted in the withdrawal of the Ohio Regional from the IFCA and reconstituting itself as the Ohio Bible Fellowship. Since that time the OBF has passed numerous resolutions on such subjects as “Sex Education,” “Psychedelic Music and its Degrading Influence,” “Modern Youth Movements and the Local Church,” “Dallas Theological Seminary,” “Biblical Evangelism,” “The Movie Theater,” “Social Drinking,” “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” “Pensacola Christian College,” “Habitat for Humanity,” “The Training of Future Fundamentalist Preachers,” and dozens more.
Most assuredly, there will be many who disagree with the opinions we officially state. While there may be some who take issue with the very idea of resolutions, more often than not the main thing is their disagreement with the OBF’s opinion. Resolutions are a part of normal parliamentary procedure and have been used by organizations much smaller and much larger than the OBF. The issue is not so much with the form as with the content.
Resolutions are important and essential to any organization that is serious about stating its position and opinions about matters that touch on its character and purpose. Through these formal, written motions the OBF as a whole lets its constituency and others know where it stands on important issues of the day. Resolutions provide a voice for our opinions, concerns, warnings, and commendations.
We should not shy away from coming to definite positions on pertinent issues. We must be wise, courageous, and forthright, ready to make our stand and do so without fear of intimidation from those who would disagree with our position.
Here are the resolutions passed by the members of the Ohio Bible Fellowship at its recent fall meeting:

FRANKLIN GRAHAM AND ROMAN CATHOLIC COOPERATION

WHEREAS the leadership of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has been passed down from father, William, to son, Franklin; and
WHEREAS Franklin has made some good statements to the press, such as the quotation recorded in Newsweek, August 14, 2006 that Islam is “a very evil and wicked religion;” and
WHEREAS some fundamental Christians have hoped that Franklin Graham might change his father’s unscriptural policy of cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church which openly violates the teaching of II Corinthians 6:14–18 and has been so offensive to believers; and
WHEREAS the Metro Maryland Festival, sponsored by Franklin Graham, was held in Camden Yards Ball Park in Baltimore with an official invitation to participate extended to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore, Cardinal William Keeler, who appointed Father Erik Arnold as the Archdiocesan Liaison to the Metro Maryland Festival; and
WHEREAS Father Arnold appointed “Christ Life,” a Roman Catholic ministry for evangelism, to mobilize and train Catholics in preparation for the festival and follow-up work; and
WHEREAS “Christ Life” reported in an online news report: “The Festival was a success! Thousands of people came and heard the Gospel preached at Camden Yards…Cardinal Keeler, the Archbishop of Baltimore, and the Archdiocesan Festival Team wholeheartedly welcome this commitment many have made to follow Jesus”;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference, October 13–14, 2006, at Greencastle Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio warn the Lord’s people that there will be no change in the compromising policies of sponsorship for the Franklin Graham Festivals. It will be, like father, like son, and obedient believers will not be able to participate in good conscience.
(The information and quotations used in this resolution have been taken from an excellent article in FOUNDATION Magazine for July–August 2006.)

RESOLUTION ON CHRISTIANITY TODAY

WHEREAS Billy Graham established Christianity Today 1956 to promote the unbiblical and damaging movement of new evangelicalism; and
WHEREAS Christianity Today emphasizes unity and experience at the expense of doctrine, thereby causing the confusion and dilution of biblical Christianity; and
WHEREAS by its rejection of separation Christianity Today has blurred the distinction between belief and unbelief through its ecumenism with religious liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, and Roman Catholicism; and
WHEREAS Christianity Today’s promotion of and involvement in social issues has resulted in evangelical churches participating in social concerns as an end in itself; and
WHEREAS Christianity Today has endorsed, helped, sponsored many aspects of this sinful, Satanically controlled culture in opposition to the Christian’s calling to holiness (Rom 12:1–2; 2 Cor 7:1; 1 Pet 1:12–14); and
WHEREAS the purpose, characteristics, and editorial policy of Christianity Today are committed to the rejection of ecclesiastical separation from both apostates and disobedient brethren;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Fall Conference on October 13–14, 2006 at Greencastle Bible Church, Carroll, Ohio, view these aspects of Christianity Today as unscriptural and greatly harmful to biblical Christianity; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we encourage each other and the members of our churches to read materials such as the Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor that will strengthen their faith and walk.

November 2006

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