OBF Resolution on the OARBC

WHEREAS faithful obedience to the Lord requires separation from apostasy (2 Cor 6:14–7:1; 2 John 9–11) and disobedient Christian individuals, churches, and organizations (1 Cor 5:11; 2 Thess 3:6, 14–15); and

WHEREAS deviation from a separatist position often occurs through false piety, willful neglect and disobedience, placing unity over purity, and repudiating militancy and protest; and

WHEREAS for decades the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches has been slowly moving away from a separatist position by such means; and

WHEREAS the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches in an official meeting in Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 13, 2005, took definite action to neutralize the doctrine of separation from disobedient brethren by denying that Scripture teaches it;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference on January 13–14, 2006 at Morrow Bible Church, Centerburg, Ohio, encourage and exhort our brethren in the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches and other compromising fellowships to separate from them in obedience to the Lord; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we reject the idea that a religious organization can be biblically separatist while holding to separation from apostates but not from disobedient brethren.