ST. LOUIS -- "The Southern Baptist Convention has peace," proclaimed SBC President Adrian Rogers, as the convention approved the recommendations of the Peace Committee, established two years ago to end the feuding between fundamentalist and moderate factions that has preoccupied the church for years.

But while the cheers of messengers, as delegates are called, still rang through the Cervantes Convention Center here, a key member of that committee quietly tendered his resignation, in protest of a key provision of the peace settlement that he and others believe will bring little healing.

"I do not believe the committee should be continued as a police" power, the Rev. Winfred Moore of Amarillo, Tex., wrote in his resignation letter, portions of which were made public by the committee chairman, the Rev. Charles Fuller of Roanoke.

He could not in conscience continue to serve "as the committee changes the nature of its work," he added. The 67-year-old pastor is widely respected in the denomination. As the standard-bearer of the moderates in the presidential election last year in Atlanta, he won about 45 percent of the votes against the seemingly unstoppable Rogers.

Rogers, a favorite of the fundamentalist faction, was reelected Tuesday to a third one-year term, unprecedented in the recent history of the 14.6 million-member denomination.

The 22-member Peace Committee, which includes moderates and fundamentalists, was established after the tumultuous convention in Dallas two years ago, and given the task of trying to find a way to end the battling. As this year's convention got under way Tuesday, the committee had cost the denomination $219,000.

The meter is still running, and peace, despite Rogers' triumphant pronouncement, still seems far away.

Committee Chairman Fuller announced this year that the group would complete its report at least a month in advance of the convention, to give messengers the opportunity to discuss and digest its recommendations. But the group failed to reach agreement at its meeting last month, finally succeeding at a marathon session that began here Sunday night and ended at 4:15 Monday morning.

Although some portions of the draft proposals were leaked to Baptist publications, messengers did not see the document until they arrived at the convention hall Tuesday morning, 10 or 11 hours before they were scheduled to vote on it.

The recommendations, widely perceived as tilting toward the fundamentalists, maintained that the majority of Southern Baptists hold a literal, inerrant view of the Bible, and directed SBC institutions to build their staff from Baptists who agree.

A key provision extended the life of the Peace Committee for three years "to encourage compliance," the issue that triggered Moore's resignation.

Debate on the committee's report began about 9 p.m. Tuesday, the last item on a long day in crowded halls whose air-conditioning was hard pressed to cope with a record heat wave. (At one point, city fire trucks pumped water over the overworked and overheated cooling unit to keep it operational.)

Every effort to amend the report was defeated. Paul Kennedy of Swansboro, N.C., moved to table acceptance of the document until next year. "It has such great impact we can't digest it" in such a short time, he said.

Rogers, supported by his parliamentarian C. Barry McCarty, ruled the motion to table out of order. "A motion to lay on the table is out of order if done with the notion to delay," said McCarty.

In the end, the document was adopted by voice vote.

Peace Committee Chairman Fuller said the group was "not setting ourselves up as a police commission. The convention has not given us police powers." Rather, he said he saw the group's role as one of "evaluation, and to report {to the trustees of the church's 20 agencies} what the evaluations are."

The adopted report also requested "all organized political factions to discontinue the organized political activity in which they are now engaged," to disband such organizations and to cease "extensive mailouts."

Henry Crouch of Charlotte, N.C., president of the moderate Southern Baptist Alliance, denounced the proscription as violating "the heart of what it means to be a Baptist, namely, religious liberty."

Another provision of the report called for "fairness in the process of making committee and board appointments."

Crouch charged that Rogers had consistently violated that provision. He said more than two-thirds of Rogers' appointees to the key Committee on Committees, which in turn names trustees and board members of SBC agencies, were identified with the fundamentalist group, which now controls 19 of the 20 agencies.

Evangelist Billy Graham, who has carefully distanced himself from taking sides in the decade-long controversy in his denomination, spoke more plainly than usual in a sermon on the final day of the convention.

He refrained from mentioning any names, but pointed out that disagreements between Christians is one reason an "unbelieving world pays so little attention to the gospel.

"The world looks at us and they see the same way of living, the same motives, the same petty jealousies that characterize the world," he said.

"And they see little reason to believe our message can really change their lives."