by Stan Coffey

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Role Of The Husband And Wife
Stan Coffey
1 Peter 3:1-7, Genesis 18:19

Some kind of controversy always comes when the Southern Baptist Convention meets. Recently it seemed to come over the matter of the family and the place of the husband and wife in the home. Of course, there's been a lot of discussion about the Article that was added to the BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE, an Article that deals with the family and the Biblical role of the husband and the wife. You might ask the question, ''Why did the convention feel this was necessary to make this statement on the family?'' It's because the family is under attack. I don't believe there's ever been a time when the Biblical roles for husbands, wives, children, and young people have been under attack as they are today.

Not long ago in Pearl, Mississippi, a young teenage boy was convicted of murdering his own mother and one of his classmates. He was given life in prison. He was tried as an adult. That is but one example out of many that we can point to of tragedies that have taken place in our nation because of breakdown of authority in the government, in the home, in the school, in the church. Because of that breakdown of authority and because of the unbiblical roles and models that we see today about families, our society is experiencing all of the upheaval that we see. Before God founded the church or government, He founded the home. God set up an order of authority for the home. When we go against the formula for God's plan for the home, when we rebel and go our own way, then we're going to run into trouble. That's where society is today. We shouldn't find it strange that when we go against God's plan, the result is going to be chaos, heartache, and sorrow.

What did the Convention say about the Biblical role of the family? I'm reading from the Article that was adopted, the first addition to the BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE statement since 1963. ''God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of h ...

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