The AIDS Crisis

The AIDS Crisis

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2

As the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meets in Nassau, the Bahamas, July 1988, the AIDS crisis continues to escalate on a global scale.

The 16,000 cases of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) reported in 1985 are now nearly 75,000 in 129 countries. Further, AIDS is at present a fatal disease which especially assaults those aged 20-49 in the years of their lives normally the most productive, both socially and economically, and a specter that poses threatening circumstances for the world at large and the future opening before us as humanity moves toward the 21st century.

In the face of this severity, we:

Urge that AIDS now command the attention of Christian churches and that all Christians take steps to understand their vital role in creating a more responsible and balanced approach toward this problem.

This Council also urges member bodies of the Baptist World family to:

Oppose those sexual mores and practices which contribute to the development and spread of this disease, address the issue of responsible sex education in a Christian context and encourage the sharing of educational and medical information, and

Obey the call of Jesus Christ to be ministers of compassion, responding to the afflicted and their families with prayerful, loving support.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 69.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2 The AIDS Crisis; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2).

The AIDS Crisis

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).

The AIDS Crisis

1994 International Year of the Family

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

RECOGNIZES with thanksgiving in the United Nations International Year of the Family progress documented by UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children (1994) report in such areas as literacy, health and nutrition;

PROCLAIMS the biblical definition of the family, a permanent, monogamous, heterosexual union, as the original divine plan for family life which must continue to serve as foundation and ideal for an ordered and effective society.

ACKNOWLEDGES that since family life is under threat in all cultures, Christians must ensure effective marriage preparation, teach family members to communicate with each other, provide relevant models of parenting and benefit from the wisdom of the older generation of Christians;

VIEWS WITH ALARM the consequences for the nurture of family life, of the deteriorating situation of women, many of whom suffer from such difficulties as poor health care, lack of clean and safe water, illiteracy, domestic violence and sexual slavery, as documented in the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department report Women 1994;

LAMENTS the agony of millions of the world’s children caused by disease, malnutrition, poverty, child prostitution, sex tourism, slavery, abuse and war;

URGES the world Baptist family to mark this Year by taking action on behalf of the women of the world following the examples of ministries cited in Women 1994;

IMPLORES above all that we give children first call on our compassion and resources, committing ourselves to prayer, research, actions which seek universal ratification of the United Nations Convention

on the Rights of the Child with implementation of its provisions and saying “Yes” to God who gives first place to children.

Citations

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

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), pp. 116-117.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3 1994 International Year of the Family; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.3).

The AIDS Crisis

The Sexual Exploitation of Children

BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8 2000,

RECALLS that Jesus Christ” took little children in his arms and blessed them” as an expression of his love and concern;

RECOGNISES that children all over the world are subjected to abusive relationships perpetrated by adults and tolerated by communities and governments;

BELIEVES that the sexual exploitation of children is one of the most vile forms of child abuse and must not be tolerated in any manner; and,

CALLS upon member bodies to oppose the sexual exploitation of children wherever it exists, to provide aid and comfort to the children who are the victims of such abuse and to pray for all children everywhere.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), pp. 84-85.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3 The Sexual Exploitation of Children; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3).

The AIDS Crisis

Resolution on HIV/AIDS

BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2-7, 2001

ACKNOWLEDGES previous General Council resolutions concerning the continuing AIDS crisis;

LAMENTS the rapid spread of the HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the devastating impact of this disease on families and communities, and the lack of sufficient economic and medical resources to address its causes, prevention and treatment;

DECLARES that a Christian lifestyle and sexual values including the biblical model of chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage is a significant means of limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS;

REAFFIRMS that regardless of the cause of infection every HIV/AIDS sufferer should have access to appropriate and adequate medical care;

CALLS upon Baptists around the world to:

  • pray for all the victims of HIV/AIDS and for those who care for and support them;
  • encourage health care workers who address the needs of those suffering from HIV/AIDS;
  • support pastors and other ministers who provide spiritual care for the sufferers of HIV/AIDS and their families;
  • encourage theological institutions to consider including in their curriculum specialized training for pastors and ministers to provide care for sufferers of HIV/AIDS and their families;
  • promote and encourage programs for education, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, which are consistent with biblical family values;
  • work through churches and communities to respond prayerfully, lovingly and compassionately to HIV/AIDS victims, their families and caregivers;
  • advocate funding by governments and other sources for education, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS;
  • demonstrate Christ-like compassion for those impacted by HIV/AIDS; and

URGES Baptists to recognize and address the spiritual needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001), pp. 96-97.

In-text Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5 Resolution on HIV/AIDS;

https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions. In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2001.5).