WFBC Info

WFBC Officers

President – Marlon Mielke
Vice president – Steve Hollenbeck
Secretary – Dennis Tapp
Treasurer – Dan Leeds
NW – John Terpstra
WC – Jeremy Cochran
SW – Dan Stertz
NE – Paul Brown
EC – Bob Loggans
SE – Paul Vawter

 

Statement of Faith & Resolutions

Doctrinal Statement

of the WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF BAPTIST CHURCHES

Section 1.

The purpose of the Fellowship shall be to provide fellowship among Baptist Churches of Wisconsin who are in full agreement with the doctrinal statement as set forth in Article II, Section 2, and to inspire and stimulate fellowshiping churches in the advancement of the cause of Christ through evangelistic and missionary endeavors.

Section 2. We adopt the following Doctrinal Statement:

The Fellowship receives the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God, and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as therein contained is expressed by the following declaration of faith:

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was. written by men Divinely inspired and that it is the supreme infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.

3. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by Ms death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, pretribulational return for the saint and visible premillennial return to the world according to His promise.

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.

5. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life;” we believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Saviour will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour will be forever separated from God.

6. We believe in the Church – a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to those local churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper, and that God has laid upon these churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour, and the enthroning of Him as Lord and Master. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by products of such Gospel.

7. We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches

2016 Annual Meeting Resolutions

We, the messengers of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches, gathered at the Annual
Meeting of September 19-20, 2016, do hereby resolve and declare the following resolutions:
Appreciation

To the Church
WHEREAS, First Baptist Church of Waupaca, through great effort, has extended a warm welcome,
has graciously hosted the churches of our fellowship for our 2016 Annual Meeting;
BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the messengers attending the meeting, express our gratitude to the
staff and the people of the church for their hospitality.
To the Speaker
WHEREAS, Dr. Jeff Musgrave has graciously given his time to prepare for these meetings to
faithfully preach the Word of God to those in attendance;
BE IT RESOLVED, That we communicate our sincere appreciation for his willingness to come and
encourage the Fellowship churches to evangelism and discipleship.
To our State Mission Director
WHEREAS, Dr. Wayne Vawter has faithfully served the Fellowship for another year, fulfilling our
vision for evangelism, church planting, and the encouragement of believers;
WHEREAS, Mrs. Carole Vawter continues to be a diligent worker on behalf of the fellowship and a
blessing to her husband and our churches;
BE IT RESOLVED, That we acknowledge the faithful service of the Vawters, and express our
gratitude for their availability to be used of the Lord in our lives.

Doctrinal Resolutions

Creationism
WHEREAS, The evolutionary theory permeates nearly every aspect of society; and
WHEREAS, Children and families are inundated with evolutionary concepts assumed as fact;
BE IT RESOLVED, That we affirm the earth is young, created by God ex nihilo in six days of twenty-
four hours each as recorded in the book of Genesis.

Holiness
WHEREAS, God is high, exalted, and holy; and,
WHEREAS, We are commanded to emulate His holy character; and,
WHEREAS, Scripture warns of the influence of the world, the leanings of the flesh, and the attacks
of Satan;
BE IT RESOLVED, That the messengers of the WFBC strongly encourage reflection on the glorious
holy character of God; on biblical, personal and ecclesiastical separation; and, on bold action
where the Scripture and the Holy Spirit point to its necessity.

Biblical Interpretation
WHEREAS, In recent decades, there have arisen several moderating hermeneutical systems
between classic Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, including views espoused by New
Covenant Theology, Progressive Covenant Theology, Promise Theology, and Progressive
Dispensationalism ; and
WHEREAS, Some of these views, in varying degrees, abandon the normal interpretation of
Scripture in favor of an allegorical method; and
WHEREAS, A single hermeneutical method is necessary to avoid the subjective interpretation of
God’s word; and
WHEREAS, The normal interpretation of Scripture, when consistently applied, preserves the
authority of the whole Bible and makes prophecy meaningful to its original hearers; now,
therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That we commit to the normal interpretation of Scripture which is a central tenet
of Dispensationalism, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we reject both allegorical and complementary hermeneutics, and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we allow the Old and New Testaments to speak for themselves
according to the principles of normal, grammatical-historical interpretation.

Societal Resolutions

Biblical Sexuality
WHEREAS, In the beginning God created male and female in His image (Genesis 1:26-27); and
WHEREAS, Marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:28; 2:18-24); and WHEREAS,
Any law that directly contradicts natural law and biblical truth is an unjust law; and WHEREAS, The
Current Administration’s requirement of transgender access in public school bathrooms and locker
rooms redefines “sex”, rejecting God’s design of male and female;
BE IT RESOLVED, That the messengers of the WFBC express our commitment to biblical sexuality,
and continue to stand in defense of God’s design for marriage; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we pledge to strengthen biblical marriages in our homes,
churches, and communities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we applaud and support the states who have challenged the
Current Administration’s transgender policies; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we love our neighbors who are snared in the devil’s deception,
identifying themselves as transgender, and seek for their repentance and faith in Christ.

Sanctity of Life
WHEREAS, We believe God created man in His image, thus revealing the sanctity of all human life;
and
WHEREAS, The values of those who show a disregard for the life of the unborn, the disabled, and
the elderly, are unbiblical and worldly; and
WHEREAS, There is a great temptation among men of science to manipulate human life at the
expense of the lives of the unborn; and
WHEREAS, No right to abortion is rooted in the historic traditions of the American people and no
national right to abortion is conferred by the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have no basis in
the text or history of the Constitution of the United States;
2BE IT RESOLVED, That we stand opposed to all practices which violate the sanctity of life such as
abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, infanticide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and
human cloning;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we call upon the candidates & office-holders for the offices of
President of the United States, members of Congress, the Governor of Wisconsin, and the
Wisconsin State Legislature, to stand for the protection of the rights of the unborn, to not pass and
enforce legislation which uses tax dollars to fund abortion, nor legislation which requires citizens,
in violation of their conscience, to provide healthcare coverage for abortion or abortion-causing
drugs.

Voting
WHEREAS, God ordained government to reward good and to punish evil (Romans 13:1–5, 1 Peter
2:13–14); and
WHEREAS, Jesus described His followers as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”
(Matthew 5:13–16), indicating the Lord’s desire for believers to exercise a beneficent influence on
their surrounding society; and
WHEREAS, Believers in the United States enjoy a constitutionally granted opportunity to influence
not only the nation, but also states, regions, and communities by voting for those seeking the
country’s highest office and for other elected officials;
BE IT RESOLVED, That the WFBC messengers encourage prayer for the upcoming elections, and will
encourage members of the congregations to vote intelligently and to pray for those elected as
God’s ministers. (Romans 13:1-8).

Religious Liberty
WHEREAS, God grants all men the right to worship him according to the dictates of conscience (1
Corinthians 4:3-5; Matthew 23:37; Revelation 3:20); and
WHEREAS, History reveals that government interference in individual religious beliefs and
practices always results in disaster and tyranny; and
WHEREAS, Baptists have stood unapologetically for the individual’s liberty of conscience as well as
the separation of church and state, even being willing to suffer persecution to defend those
beliefs; and
WHEREAS, The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of all
American citizens to engage in the “free exercise of religion” and prohibits the government from
making laws which effect “the establishment of religion”; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, That we strongly object to the attempts by the Current Administration to infringe
upon the religious liberties of American citizens; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we call on the Congress of the United States to oppose the
overreaches of the administration which undermine the religious liberties of all Americans; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we call on the Supreme Court of the United States to defend the
conscience rights of individuals and their right to free and public assembly in the interpretation of
the law; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we pledge to defend the right of every American citizen to worship
God freely in public and private, according to the strength of his own convictions.

Military
WHEREAS, There are men and women from our country and our churches in military service, some
in perilous situations around the world; and
WHEREAS, We appreciate their sacrifices and willingness to protect our freedom; and WHEREAS,
The government is seeking to draft women into the military for combat; and WHEREAS, We honor
women who volunteer to serve; and
WHEREAS, The military exists for the purpose of protection our nation;
BE IT RESOLVED, That we will pray for our troops, support them in tangible ways as we have
opportunity, and encourage them to make their field of service a Gospel harvest field; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we oppose the government’s efforts to be an equal opportunity
employer when it comes to our nation’s defense; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we call upon the Administration, Congress, and our military leaders
not to force women into the military or into combat.

Evangelism and Missions
Missions
WHEREAS, We the world’s population is over seven billion souls, many of whom are lost without a
clear presentation of the gospel, and
WHEREAS, The Bible clearly challenges us to be actively involved in evangelizing the lost;
BE IT RESOLVED, That the churches of the WFBC continue to follow their God-given mandate to
support and make every effort to increase that support for evangelizing the people of the world
through prayers, finances and faithful labors.

Evangelism And Soul Winning
WHEREAS, The Great Commission consists of proclaiming the Gospel, leading people to a saving
knowledge of Jesus Christ, baptizing converts in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and
teaching converts to obey all the commands of Christ (Matthew 28:16–20); and
WHEREAS, Jesus’ model for disciple-making entails being fishers of men (Matthew 4:19); and
WHEREAS, The discipline of evangelism is “soul-winning,” as the New Testament employs the
words “winning” and “persuading” in regards to imploring unbelievers to believe in Jesus Christ for
the salvation of their souls (1 Corinthians 9:19–22; 2 Corinthians 5:11, 20); and
WHEREAS, The soul of every person will spend eternity in hell unless that person believes the life-
changing message of the Gospel (Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 16:19–31;Romans 10:14–15; Revelation
20:11–15);
BE IT RESOLVED, That WFBC churches understand “evangelism” as the intentional, consistent, and
verbal declaration of the Gospel to unbelievers in the power of the Holy Spirit; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we articulate the Gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins (1 Corinthians 15:3–4); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we acknowledge salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone,
and in Christ alone, wrought by the Holy Spirit as people repent of their sins, believe in Jesus
Christ, and confess Him as their Savior and Lord (John 14:6; 16:8–11; Acts 2:37–38; 4:12; Romans
10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8; Titus 3:4–7); and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we encourage all pastors to present the Gospel in their public
messages; and, we encourage congregations to prayerfully set goals to implement intentional
evangelistic strategies to reach the lost.