In the 2008 SBC Book of Reports, page 18, item number 4, the executive committee dealt with a motion I brought to the convention recommending the establishment of a task force to deal with the spiritual gift of tongues, particularly as it is practiced as a “private prayer language.” The IMB trustees developed a policy on this particular practice, and in so doing, prompted many Southern Baptists to declare that such a policy was going beyond the BFM 2000 and was not something they were authorized to do. Wade Burleson eventually resigned his seat over this issue.
In declining to form a task force to study the issue, as recommended in the motion, the executive committee declared that “the Baptist Faith and Message is sufficient in its current form to guide trustees in their establishment of policies and practices of entities of the Convention by additionally observing that it is sufficient to guide the Convention’s Committee on Nominations in its selection and qualification of trustee nominees.”
That would be consistent with what the Garner Motion stated at last year’s convention, and in agreement with what both Wade Burleson and Dwight McKissic have been saying all along. I’m not sure if the executive committee has the authority to over-rule a trustee board policy, but at least they have clarified the Convention’s position on developing policies that go beyond the scope of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.