Assembling for its spring meeting on April 8-9, members of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustees adopted the Nashville Statement as an additional confessional statement and conducted other seminary business including budget approval, faculty moves and reelecting board officers.
During his report, MBTS President Jason Allen announced to the board a need for the school to adopt the Nashville Statement, which was published in 2017 by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood in partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The document is a statement of faith relating to human sexuality and gender roles. The statement expresses support for biblical definition of marriage, for faithfulness within marriage, for chastity outside marriage, and for a link between biological sex and self-conception as male and female. To read the Nashville Statement in its entirety, visit https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement.
“In light of ever-changing cultural norms and expectations toward marriage, gender, and sexuality, and in recognition that Southern Baptists are a confessional people, expecting their entities to maintain faithfulness to Holy Scripture and a clear witness to the world, Midwestern Seminary will strengthen its doctrinal clarity, witness, and legal standing by formally adopting the Nashville Statement,” Allen said.
In a recommendation originating in the seminary’s executive committee and brought before the full board, the motion to adopt the statement passed unanimously.
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Source: Baptist Press