Scripture teaches that humans are created in God’s image and that we are accountable to God through right relationship. Sexual images can celebrate the goodness of human sexuality through positive depiction in art, literature, and education. We deplore, however, images that distort this goodness and injure healthy sexual relationships. We oppose all forms of pornography […]

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On Pornography And Sexual Purity

WHEREAS, God calls His people to holiness and Christ has specifically summoned His followers to sexual purity (Matthew 5:27–28; 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5); and WHEREAS, Sexual sin robs us of our joy in God and is especially grievous to our souls (1 Corinthians 6:18); and WHEREAS, Increasing numbers of men and women report their addiction and […]

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On Condemning The Trafficking Of Women And Children For Sexual Purposes, June 2000

WHEREAS, The Bible declares that all people are created by God in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27), teaches the sanctity and dignity of all human life (Psalm 8:4-5), and requires us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8, 9); and

WHEREAS, Jesus declared that it is better to have a millstone tied around one’s neck than to cause a child to stumble (Mark 9:42); and

WHEREAS, As many as one million women and two million children are trafficked internationally into sexual slavery annually; and

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Resolution On Christian Morality, June 1977

WHEREAS, We are surrounded by many indications of declining moral, ethical, and spiritual standards in our nation, and,

WHEREAS, This lowering of such standards has resulted in the portrayal in mass media of immoral and questionable practices as normal lifestyles, and,

WHEREAS, There is an urgent need for Baptists and other concerned citizens to stand for high moral principles.

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Resolution On Child Abuse

WHEREAS, Children are our most valuable asset but cannot defend themselves from adults, and

WHEREAS, Each year in the United States almost one million children are maltreated by their parents and other adults, and

WHEREAS, More than 2,000 children die annually in circumstances attributable to abuse or neglect, and

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Resolution On Possession Of Child Pornography

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have strongly opposed the pornography industry’s efforts to debase the morals of our nation; and

WHEREAS, The Supreme Court has recently ruled in Osborne v. Ohio (1990) that private possession of child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment and can be made illegal by the states; and

WHEREAS, The Osborne case strengthens earlier decisions of the Court which have held that production, distribution, and selling of child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment (New York v. Ferber, 1982); and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1987

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has spoken on numerous occasions about the harmful effects of pornography; and

WHEREAS, The pornography industry is a multi-billion dollar industry which contributes to many harmful effects in society; and

WHEREAS, New technologies have made possible obscene communications such as "Dial-a-Porn," a sexually-explicit telephone conversation conducted for commercial gain; and

WHEREAS, The primary users of such obscene communication appear to be America’s teenagers; and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1986

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has frequently expressed alarm about the consequences of pornography upon the moral, family, and social life of our nation and the dramatic rise in the availability of pornography; and

WHEREAS, New applications of media technology have produced new opportunities for obscene communication through media such as "Dial-A-Porn", cable television and various obscene video cassettes; and

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Resolution On Pornography, 1985

WHEREAS, The messengers to the Southern Baptist Conventions in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1983 resolved their opposition to pornography in general and child pornography in particular; and

WHEREAS, There is an increasing availability of pornographic video tapes, pornographic cable television channels, and pornographic telephone messages; and

WHEREAS, These are particularly insidious forms of pornography because of their availability directly into the home, thus becoming accessible to children without parental awareness.

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Resolution On Pornography, 1983

WHEREAS, Pornography is a demeaning abuse of God’s good gift of sexuality, which abuse shamelessly exploits both males and females; and

WHEREAS, The undermining of morally responsible and loving sexual relationships leads inevitably to the breakdown of families and eventually contributes to the collapse of society as a whole; and

WHEREAS, The utterly immoral and grossly demeaning broadcasting of pornography on such cable television networks as the Playboy Channel is increasing;

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