On Oct. 29 the Committee on Resolutions and Memorials made available the only resolution that will be presented during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting Nov. 12-13 in Greensboro. It is available here on the Biblical Recorder website but is also available at ncannualmeeting.org. It will be printed in the special issue of the Biblical Recorder for the Convention.
North Carolina Baptist’s Resolution for the Pursuit of Holiness
Whereas, God has called every Christian to a holy life without exception; and,
Whereas, Believing Romans 13:11 and 12, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”; and,
Whereas, Romans 12:1 and 2 states, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”; and,
Whereas, Holiness is a relationship in Jesus Christ in which the individual is being transformed into an ever-expanding likeness of Christ Himself; and,
Whereas, In obedience to I Peter 1:15 and 16, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (behavior); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”; and,
Whereas, In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord described the Christian influence as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”; and,
Whereas, Romans 13:14 instructs the Christian to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof”; and,
Whereas, According to Galatians 5:16, this can only be accomplished by walking in the Spirit; and,
Whereas, Galatians 5:22 and 23 provides the evidence of this walk, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.”; and,
Whereas, Believing the pursuit of true holiness requires the fulfillment of Galatians 5:24, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”; therefore, be it
Resolved, That we should live our lives, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” II Peter 1:3; and, be it further
Resolved, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” II Corinthians 7:1; and, be it finally
Resolved, that the messengers gathered in Greensboro, North Carolina, comprising the 182nd annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, commit ourselves before God this day to living holy lives and working to restore strength, unity, and holiness in our churches in order that the Church might rise up and once again boldly proclaim the unchanging Word of God to a lost and dying world in need of a Savior.