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LEADERS: BAPTISTS HOLDING MISSIONARIES 'HOSTAGE'

LEADERS: BAPTISTS HOLDING MISSIONARIES 'HOSTAGE'

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Moderate Southern Baptists are holding missionaries and workers in some of their denomination's agencies ``hostage' by creating a trust fund to keep money for missions out of the hands of conservatives, some of the denomination's leaders said Monday.

More than 3,000 moderates created the temporary trust fund during a meeting in Atlanta last weekend.Conservatives and moderates disagree on the inerrancy of the Bible and other issues. The meeting in Atlanta came after conservatives cemented control of the denomination in June after a 12-year battle with the moderates.

Robert J. Goode, a minister from Statesville and one of the members of the convention's executive committee, said, ``They're holding people hostage who had nothing to do with this (interdenominational fight).'

The Rev. Julian M. Motley said that the majority of Southern Baptists support the denomination's leaders and that, because of that, he does not expect the new fund to lead to a reduction in giving to mission boards.

``Each person involved is going to have to do what is conscionable, what he can personally support,' he said. ``I believe we'll survive it all right at the Southern Baptist Convention.'

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