Leaders of the Baptist World Alliance praised Pope Benedict XVI upon his announcement that he was stepping down from the papacy. BWA General Secretary Neville Callam called the pope’s theological works “a rich storehouse of spiritual reflections worthy of detailed study” (“BWA Leaders Laud Pope Benedict XVI,” Baptist World Alliance News, Feb. 14, 2013). BWA president John Upton praised the Pope’s ecumenical vision and his willingness to reach out to Baptists. There was no warning of the Pope’s false gospel and other damnable heresies. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a liberal ecumenical alliance founded in 1905 and currently consisting of 223 Baptist denominations in 120 countries. The BWA promotes the heresy that unity is more important than doctrinal truth.
Its first stated goal is “to unite Baptists worldwide.” The Baptist World Alliance is affiliated with the exceedingly liberal World Council of Churches (WCC). (See The World Council of Churches at www.wayoflife.org.) The Baptist World Alliance maintains ecumenical relations with Rome through its affiliation with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Members of the BWA include American Baptist Churches USA, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist Union of Australia, Baptist Union of New Zealand, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches, Singapore Baptist Convention, Thailand Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention of America, National Baptist Convention USA, and Progressive National Baptist Convention.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)