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Messengers pass biblically-defined traditional marriage resolution

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Messengers pass biblically-defined traditional marriage resolution

During the annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, Nov. 13-15 in Ocean City, Md., messengers unanimously passed resolution in support of biblically-defined traditional marriage. The resolution in its entirety is below.

Resolution: On Traditional Marriage
Resolution for the Support of Traditional Marriage as Biblically Defined
Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (November 2011)

WHEREAS, The Creator of all human life and the family as a social institution, God originally defined marriage as that between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8); and

WHEREAS, We as Maryland/Delaware Baptists have traditionally stood with our Southern Baptist Convention in supporting God’s definition of marriage as codified in The Baptist Faith and Message in 2000. (“Article XVIII. The Family” says, “Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime”); and

WHEREAS, A large body of still growing research has pointed to the benefits of the traditional historic Judeo-Christian view of marriage in raising children, confronting poverty, stemming the tide of rampant sexually transmitted diseases, and other societal challenges; and

WHEREAS, Government efforts to redefine traditional marriage are intrusions into matters that have traditionally been under the purview of the church as an institution; and

WHEREAS, Intrusive redefinitions of issues like traditional marriage by the government have historically tended toward eventual threat of religious liberties and local church ability for self-determination, notwithstanding governmental assurances to the contrary; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That we restate our long standing and unfailing support for the traditional definition of marriage as an exclusive union between one man and one woman; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we call on the State of Maryland to support the Family Law Code as it reads in November of 2011 which states, “Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this state.” (MD Code Family Law §2-201); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we will encourage spiritual activities to promote and defend the traditional view of marriage such as prayer, teaching of God’s Word, and living in a manner consistent with our support of traditional marriage; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we will encourage civic activities to promote and defend the traditional view of marriage as may be appropriate from time to time always operating in a way that is legal, respectful of opposition, and above all Christ-honoring; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we must proclaim love and compassion toward those who would differ in their opinions of marriage, allowing us to maintain a faithful Christian witness.

Ocean City, MD