Frontpage stories in the September 1999 issue of the Mainstream Messenger entitled "Don't Mess with the Baptist Faith and Message" and "MOB to Defend the BFM at Baptist Convention," gave notice that Mainstream Baptists would oppose the revision of the Baptist Faith and Message statement at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in November.
On October 18, 1999 the President of BGCO sent a letter to Mainstream Baptists requesting that we present our resolution to the convention through the Resolutions Committee.
On November 12, 1999 Mainstream Baptists faxed a copy of our resolution to the Executive Director of BGCO for him to forward to the Resolutions Committee. We received an e-mail from him confirming that he had received it.
The Resolutions Committee was scheduled to present their report to the convention at the 2:40 PM business session on Tuesday, November 16. That time was printed in the Book of Reports given to every messenger as they registered for the convention. That time was also approved by a vote of the Convention when the Committee on the Order of Business presented its report at 1:15 PM on Monday, November 15.
The Convention President called for the report of the Resolutions Committee during the 9:45 AM business session on Tuesday, November 16. The Convention approved the resolution on the Baptist Faith and Message that the Resolutions Committee brought to the convention at that time. A time when most Mainstream Baptist messengers were not present.
Below on the left hand side is the resolution we presented. Below on the right hand side is the resolution that the Resolutions Committee brought to the convention for a vote.
Was the leadership trying to pass one over on the Convention?
Were BGCO leaders intentionally maneuvering to deny Mainstream Baptists an opportunity for a fair hearing?
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