On Racial Reconciliation

June 13, 2020 | Official Board

Affirmed June 14th, 2020 by the Official Board of Forcey Bible Church.

  1. WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach that God has created all men and women in His image (Gen 1:27) and has made from one man and one woman all peoples to live on the earth (Gen 3:20; Acts 17:26); and
  2. WHEREAS, God loves the world (John 3:16), sent Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), and, in Christ, is reconciling to Himself people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Rev 5:9); and
  3. WHEREAS, Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ alone and not in our ethnicity (Gal 3:27–28); and
  4. WHEREAS, God has made believers one in Christ, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and uniquely qualified to stand together in faith (Eph 2:15–16); and
  5. WHEREAS, The Lord has given His people the mission of making disciples from every nation (Mat 28:19); and
  6. WHEREAS, Scripture celebrates that for eternity we will gather with a “multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language” in worship of our risen Savior (Rev 7:9); and
  7. WHEREAS, The gospel is a message of reconciliation and we, as ambassadors of Christ, are given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-20); and
  8. WHEREAS, Racism is sin because it disregards the image of God in all people and denies the truth of the Gospel that believers are all one in Him (Eph 4:4-6); and
  9. WHEREAS, Sin and all its manifestations, including racism, not only corrupt human hearts but deeply and systemically affect human institutions (Isa 1:4, 16-17); and
  10. WHEREAS, Forcey Bible Church increasingly reflects the racial and ethnic diversity in our community and nation; and
  11. WHEREAS, We grieve over the continued presence of racism and the recent escalation of racial tension in our nation; and
  12. WHEREAS, We recognize our own sinful nature and temptation to show favoritism that is rebuked and forbidden by Scripture (Gal 2:11-13, James 2:1-11); and
  13. WHEREAS, The Scriptures call us to “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15) and to prioritize help for those who are uniquely hurting and vulnerable (Isa 1:17, Luke 10:25-37); and
  14. WHEREAS, We recognize a history of passivity in the church with regard to racial injustice that is inconsistent with the command to “look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4); now be it therefore

 

  1. RESOLVED, That we affirm every human life is made in God’s image, is sacred, and is of equal and immeasurable worth (Gen 1:27), and that, with respect to creation there is one human race (Acts 17:26), and with respect to salvation through Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28); and
  2. RESOLVED, That we decry every form of racism as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we condemn every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil intended to bring suffering and division to our society; and be it further
  3. RESOLVED, That we lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery, segregation, redlining, and any other injustice that has led to the advantage of some at the expense of others, all from which we continue to reap a bitter harvest; and be it further
  4. RESOLVED, That we acknowledge we still must make progress in rooting out any remaining forms of intentional or unintentional racism in our hearts and in our midst; and be it further
  5. RESOLVED, That we rededicate ourselves to searching our own hearts to see if there is any form of prejudice that would grieve the heart of God, determining to repent of anything that falls short of God’s holy standard (Psalm 139:23-24); and be it further
  6. RESOLVED, That we rededicate ourselves to the humility, gentleness, patience, endurance, and love required to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, (Eph 4:1-3); and be it further
  7. RESOLVED, That we rededicate ourselves to the holy responsibility of loving and discipling people of all races and ethnicities in our communities; and be it finally
  8. RESOLVED, That we rededicate ourselves to be faithful and peaceful ambassadors of reconciliation in our personal relationships and local communities as we demonstrate the power of the Gospel to reconcile all persons in Christ (2 Cor 5:18-20, Eph 2:13-14).

 

We also wish to recognize our only hope in living out these resolutions is in the grace of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1-4


 

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On Racial Reconciliation

June 13, 2020 | Official Board