2010 SBC Annual Meeting
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)—Ungodly views of human life as well as dangerous social experiments are threatening America’s future and clouding the legacy of the Gospel handed down from giants of the faith, Richard Land told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15 in Orlando, Fla.
In the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s report to the convention, Land said the ERLC seeks to call Southern Baptists and other people of faith to where the commission believes they should be based on “God’s holy and inerrant Word” on moral issues and public policy matters.
Land, the commission’s president, said the ERLC is faithful to share Southern Baptists’ concerns on the issues with those in authority in Washington, D.C.
He lamented the continuing slaughter of the country’s unborn citizens through abortion and the impact the mindset behind the killing of the innocent has had on the nation.
“I can’t think of a deeper and more basic ethical issue that any society can face than who and what is a human being,” Land said.
It is not news for Bible-believing Christians that life begins at conception, he said, citing Scripture passages as evidence of God’s personal involvement in the creation of each human being. He noted that among the early civilizations in the Mediterranean basin, only the Jews did not practice abortion and infanticide, a position stemming from their belief in the teachings of the one true God.
He said church leaders early in the second century A.D., who were overwhelmingly Gentile and had come out of the Greco-Roman societies where abortion was commonplace, abhorred the “killing of human life in the womb.”
“They bore eloquent testimony against abortion and eventually caused abortion to be put into the dark corners of the Roman Empire and there it stayed in Western civilization until the fall of the Christian consensus in Europe in the first half of the 20th century and in North America in the second half of the 20th century,” Land said.
“There is no question where God is on this issue; God is, has been and will forever be pro-life,” he said to sustained applause.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has packaged an extensive array of resources for pastors and others at its Issue at a Glance webpage on the life issue (erlc.com/life).
Land sought to correct misconceptions about his views on the contentious issue of immigration reform, emphasizing that he does not support amnesty.
“I support immigration reform policy that secures the border first. Everything must be predicated upon securing our borders. A sovereign nation has to have control of its borders,” he said, adding that it is well within the means of the U.S. government to do if it desires.
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