Religion: Sugar & Vinegar

The second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.* came out flatly last week against church unity. At the Southern Baptist Convention's 94th annual session, in San Francisco, some 7,000 "messengers" of the 7,079,839-member church passed a strong resolution denouncing "compromising" ecumenical movements:

"We hereby reaffirm our conviction that Southern Baptists cannot enter into organic connection with the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches or any other unionizing organization which would compromise Baptist principles and doctrines as revealed in the inspired word of God . . ." Another resolution recommended "that Southern Baptists begin now to prepare ... to meet...

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