Sexual Morality

Sexual Morality

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3

WHEREAS, humanity everywhere is undergoing a revolution in sexual morality as evidenced by changing mores, promiscuity, marital infidelity and a preoccupation of the media and advertising with a crass commercialization of sex, and

WHEREAS, the youth of most societies in today’s world are largely disoriented as to sexual values which contribute to the stability and enjoyment of family life over the span of human life, and

WHEREAS, much physical, emotional and spiritual harm is being perpetuated upon humanity by cheapening of sex in the media, by the sexual exploitation of women and children in pornography, by extra-marital pregnancies, by the use of abortion for birth control, by the widespread sexual abuse of children, by the rapid and frightening spread of AIDS, and by commercialization of sex, and

Whereas, God gave to humankind the good gift of sex for procreation, the expression of love and pleasure, and the enhancement of the biblical teaching of the one-flesh relationship, in the context of monogamous marriage all to be used to the glory and purposes of God, and

WHEREAS Christ’s redemption includes our human sexuality,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989, encourages Baptist churches and Baptist bodies in and nations to prepare, share and disseminate materials advocating the biblical understanding of human sexuality in order to encourage high respect among both males and females of all ages for each other and faithfulness to the mind of Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989), p. 62.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3 Sexual Morality; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3).

Sexual Morality

The Sanctity of Human Life

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

AFFIRMS that because all life is the gift of God and that every person is created in the image of God, human life is sacred;

LAMENTS the numerous violations of that sacredness which occur throughout the world, including; • National and international conflict;
• Widespread resort to abortion;
• Female infanticide;

• Murder and all other illegal termination of life;
• Capital punishment;
• Euthanasia, suicide and assisted suicide; and
• Any irresponsible behavior which destroys human life.

RECOGNIZES that Baptists accept the Bible as authoritative in matters of faith and conduct;

ACKNOWLEDGES the complexity of these issues and the diversity of understanding and approaches which arise as Baptists seek to discover the mind of Christ with respect to these matters;

COMMENDS member bodies which have undertaken study and action on this subject and invites them to share the results of their work through the Baptist World Alliance; and

CALLS Baptists to honor the principle of the individual’s freedom of conscience to interpret Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to respect one another’s integrity where differences exist as together we seek to affirm the sanctity of human life.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 111.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.5 The Sanctity of Human Life; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.5).