Va. Baptists Reject Revision

The Baptist General Association of Virginia has approved a resolution affirming the 1963 "Baptist Faith and Message" as it stands rather than support the national convention's 1998 revision calling for wives to "submit . . . graciously" to their husbands.

The resolution, which passed last week at the association's annual meeting, affirms the 1963 faith statement as "a sturdy and comprehensive statement of the shared values, convictions and distinctives of Virginia [Southern] Baptists as we enter the new millennium."

"The Baptist Faith and Message" is considered a general statement of beliefs of Southern Baptists, who do not require members to adhere to a creed.

The Virginia convention was the second of two state conventions to oppose the 1998 revision, which was passed by delegates at last year's national meeting. The day before the Virginia resolution passed, the Baptist General Convention of Texas also voted to affirm the 1963 statement.

The revision, which is advisory and not binding on individual congregations, consists of a new "article on the family."

The article says, in part, "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."

Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, a separate convention formed three years ago because of disagreements with the moderate-led General Association, supports the new article on marriage and the family, said Executive Director Doyle Chauncey.

Latin Song Tops Chart

A Latin single by Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez has topped Billboard's "Hot Latin Tracks," marking the first time a Christian artist has topped that list.

"Llegar A Ti" reached the No. 1 position the first week in November. It is the title song on Velasquez's third album, also titled "Llegar A Ti." An English version of the song, titled "Love Will Find You," is featured in the soundtrack for "Music of the Heart," a new movie featuring Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett and Gloria Estefan.

Velasquez's debut album, "Heavenly Place," earned her a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association for new artist of the year in 1997. She won a Dove Award for female vocalist of the year in 1998.