This morning on the floor of the convention there was a wonderful theological discussion regarding a key Baptist distinctive, that of regenerate church membership. Tom Ascol, Bart Barber, and Malcolm Yarnell worked together, amending the committee-reported resolution twice to add language relating to baptism, the Lord’s supper, repentance, and encouragement to denominational servants to be supportive of the efforts of churches to bring their membership numbers in line with the spirit of this resolution.
It was a remarkable moment, in that the convention overturned the will of the committee in order to add Dr. Ascol’s language. I was pleased to support the amendment, and proud to be a part of this historic moment. I appreciate Drs. Yarnell and Barber for their work on this resolution, both in Texas and in the SBC. And I appreciate Dr. Ascol’s tenacious commitment to seeing this resolution adopted. As I told him yesterday, while the committee’s resolution may not be exactly what he submitted, without his determined work over the last two years, there likely would have been no resolution at all.