Southern Baptist Convention Approves Conversion Resolution

June 21, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 21, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, spent much of its annual gathering this week defending the right of evangelicals to proclaim their religion as the only path to salvation... A resolution passed by the conference said, 'We remind the international community that religious liberty is not merely the right to remain in the religion of one's birth, but includes the right of anyone to change his religious loyalties without fear of persecution...' The conference also approved a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism as 'contrary to the teachings of our Messiah and an assault on the revelation of Holy Scripture...' But that resolution did nothing to mollify Jewish groups that have ardently opposed Southern Baptist campaigns aimed at converting Jews to Christianity."