The Conservative Baptist Association—A Separatist Movement -- By: G. Archer Weniger
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The Conservative Baptist Association—A Separatist Movement
Professor of Practical Theology
San Francisco Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary
The original, official, and formal position of the Conservative Baptist Association has been, and is, in harmony with the Biblical doctrine of separation. “The essence of separation consists in loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness to the Savior who has been rejected by this world.” A frequent keynote for this separation has been “Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard be defiled. Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together. Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together” (Deut. 22:9–11).
The purpose of this document is to collect a few of the official expressions of the CBA of A, its leaders and allied groups in support of this thesis.
1. The CBA Constitution condemns inclusivism and ecumenicalism. The Preamble states: “Believing that the historic Baptist position for world-wide evangelism is to send forth missionaries united in their belief concerning the per son of our virgin-born, crucified, risen, exalted and returning Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we do not therefore move with power while operating under any so-called ‘inclusive missionary policy,’ that is, inclusive of believers and unbelievers alike, which, while recognizing faith condones unbelief and violates conscience; and believing that God’s blessing will not fall upon Baptist support of an affiliation with apostate ecumenical organizations (that is, organizations that would coercively combine the professed Christian religions of the world into one universal church).”
2. Separation from evangelical inclusivists has been set forth in the pamphlet “The CBA—Its Mission.” “The CBA of America has been brought into existence: 1. To provide a fellowship of churches and individuals upon a thoroughly Biblical basis,
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unmixed with liberals and liberalism and those who are content to walk in fellowship with unbelief and inclusivism;.. . 5. To present a positive testimony to the New Testament faith and historic Baptist principles as a body of churches before the world, religious and otherwise; and to oppose departure and deviation from the great foundational truths of the Word of God.”
3. The first CBA of A president clarified our non-inclusivist position. A recent issue of the Colorado Missionary-Evangelist reprinted the words of Dr. G. R. Guedj just as the CBA was being launched in 1...
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