Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International

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Official Denominational Website: https://fbfi.org/


Beginning of Life

Abortion

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions"

"The FBF urges the continued condemnation of the sins of abortion . . . through preaching and writing, although this course of action becomes increasingly unpopular with the masses and difficult under the law." (1992 Resolutions, 92.25)
"The FBF believes that abortion involves the taking of human life . . . and that using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion on demand in a health care package will be another nail in the coffin of the United States of America." (1993 Resolutions, 93.03)
"The FBF condemns in the strongest terns the callous disregard of the Clinton administration to the Biblical positions on abortion, homosexuality, and righteousness. We believe that this attitude hastens thejudgment of Almighty God on a wicked and sinful nation. Without getting involved in partisan politics, we believe that these sins must be condemned publicly from our pulpits." (1994 Resolutions, 94.15)[1]


Healthcare & Medicine

Access to Healthcare

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (1994)

"The FBF stands fully opposed to a mandatory and universal government-controlled health "care" program. Not only is socialized medicine contrary to our Christian principles and American values, but it will lead our country in the wrong direction. The expansion of a humanistic, central government over the personal lives of its citizens is not in the best interest of the nation. It is neither the business nor the right of government to decide who or what shall or shall not be covered; these issues are the responsibility of the individual and family. Furthermore, Christians should not be financially liable for the medical treatment necessary to accommodate lifestyle choices of the ungodly. We encourage healthy debate on insurance reform, and issues such as overuse of elective procedures, malpractice claims and coverage, but it all must remain in the free market system. The solution has never been and should never be in governmental control and regulation. May our Lord provide us with wisdom as we seek His will to help others." (1994 Resolutions, 94.18)[2]


Science & Technology

Emerging Technologies

Ethical Use of Technology

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (2006)

"The FBFI realizes the great tool for ministry and discipleship the Internet can be, and we encourage those that do advance this tool to do so with New Testament principles in mind.
Use it wisely, considering the temptations and shipwreck that can be made through unfiltered and unaccountable Internet use.
Use it personally, avoiding the anonymity that often abandons the decorum that is Biblically appropriate between real people—such things as respect for age and elders, discretion with minors and children, consideration of position and wisdom.
Use it with restraint, avoiding the ”knee-jerk” reactions and unbridled speech that commonly accompany private discussion. Remember that the whole world can see what is being written.
Use it with conviction, taking a stand for the things that are true and right and avoiding softness toward worldliness and compromise.
Many new technologies produce ethical challenges not envisioned by previous generations. We are confident that the ethical principles given us by the Word of God will guide us through this new ground. But we must be careful to apply those principles diligently. We encourage those who are involved in the use of the Internet for ministry to eagerly grapple with these issues from a Biblical perspective for the sake of the Kingdom and generations to come." (2006 Resolutions, 06-01)[3]

Genetic Ethics

Gene Therapy/Genetic Engineering

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (2001)

"The FBFI recognizes the immense medical potential represented by the information in the human genome sequence. We recognize further that genomic information is emerging in a profound moral and ethical vacuum. We encourage mature Christians with appropriate technical training to participate in the discussion of what is biblically proper in genomics-based health care.‘ For the present, we declare that while gene therapy may be the most effective medical intervention for children and adults suffering from serious genetic defects, gene therapy on germ cells (egg and sperm) involves unacceptable risks for future generations. We also urge a moratorium on human gene patenting. Finally, we believe that using genetic information to discriminate against individuals, including the unborn, is morally repugnant." (2001 Resolutions, 01.03)[4]

Genetic Testing

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (2001)

"We encourage mature Christians with appropriate technical training to participate in the discussion of what is biblically proper in genomics-based health care.‘ For the present, we declare that while gene therapy may be the most effective medical intervention for children and adults suffering from serious genetic defects, gene therapy on germ cells (egg and sperm) involves unacceptable risks for future generations. We also urge a moratorium on human gene patenting. Finally, we believe that using genetic information to discriminate against individuals, including the unborn, is morally repugnant." (2001 Resolutions, 01.03)[5]

Patenting of Human Tissue/Gene Patenting

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (2001)

"We also urge a moratorium on human gene patenting." (2001 Resolutions, 01.03)[6]


End of Life

Physician-Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia

Official Statement: from Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions, "Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Resolutions" (1994)

"The FBF holds human life sacred and is in opposition to "assisted suicide" and other "death with dignity" practices. The "right to die" position is ungodly, unscriptural, and essentially humanistic. The ultimate claim to our lives belongs not to ourselves or the state, but to God." (1994 Resolutions, 94.16)[7]


Notes

  1. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  2. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  3. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  4. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  5. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  6. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
  7. https://fbfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Complete-Resolutions-2010.pdf
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