Fundamental Freedoms

Fundamental Freedoms

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3

Ever since the Baptist World Congress in Atlanta in 1939 the Baptist World Alliance has spoken out with regularity on behalf of religious freedom for all persons, and in more recent years on behalf of civil liberties generally.

Therefore we welcome the proclamation by the United Nations in November 1981 of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief. We urge the United Nations to proceed with the drafting of a covenant, to be offered to the nations for signature and ratification, which would translate the declaration into law. We ask our member bodies to encourage the irrespective governments to participate in such a treaty-making process.

We take note with regret that the existing International Covenants on Human Rights (and optional protocol) have not obtained the support of all nations. We also note that there are international conventions on specific aspects of human rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and that these conventions have been adhered to by all the apportioned organizations here represented. We ask our member bodies to review such covenants and conventions with a view to encouraging the non-ratifying governments to signify their adherence thereto.

We proclaim once more that the God who gave us life called us to liberty. We are committed to the teaching of the New Testament concerning the importance of freedom as well as its source (John 8:36; Galatians 5).

Meeting as we are on the Continent of Africa, we are acutely conscious of the need for further progress toward the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, particularly where governments restrict the fundamental freedom of one or more races within their jurisdiction. We appeal to all governments to promptly abolish restrictions of a racial nature including the evil called apartheid and those which restrict freedom of expression freedom of association and freedom of movement.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 70.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3 Fundamental Freedoms; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.3).

Fundamental Freedoms

Reaffirmation

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.3

While we acknowledge that there are strong cultural and theological differences about the role of women in the church, we wish to affirm the teaching of Galatians 3:28 that in Christ, male and female are equal.

We encourage the churches to affirm this truth in the life and thereby reflect integrity in our Christian witness.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), p. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.3 Reaffirmation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.3).

Fundamental Freedoms

Women

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.7

We celebrate the multiple gifts and sensitivities women bring to the service of Jesus Christ and the work of the Baptist family around the world.

Women make up approximately two-thirds of the membership of the church. In society at large, opportunities for the involvement of women are increasing in government, social, economic and educational areas.

Further, we recognize and commend progress toward the increasing contribution women make to church life through leadership in local churches and region, national and international bodies, and we:

Celebrate progress already made, and also with our president, Noel Vose,

Commend Biblical and careful attention by our member bodies to the enabling of women and their gifts.

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. 73.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.7 Women; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.7).

Fundamental Freedoms

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).

Fundamental Freedoms

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).