On the Sexual Integrity of Ministers

WHEREAS, Roman Catholics are seeking to address the scandal of sexual abuse by members of their clergy; and

WHEREAS, We acknowledge our own fallenness and the need to prevent such appalling sins from happening within our own ranks; and

WHEREAS, The Bible calls ministers of the gospel—whether they are pastors, counselors, educators, missionaries, chaplains, or others—to be above reproach morally, both within the body of Christ and in the larger community (1 Timothy 3:1-13); and

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On Protecting Children from Abuse

WHEREAS, The Bible stresses the protection of and care for children, as evidenced by: its condemnation of the ancient pagan practice of child sacrifice (Leviticus 20:1-7; Ezekiel 16:20-21); its special regard for orphans in the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 24, 26); and the teaching of Jesus, who welcomed and valued little children (Matthew 18:1-5; 19:14); and

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On the Global AIDS Crisis

WHEREAS, Our Lord Jesus warns us that our hearts will be revealed on the Day of Judgment by our actions toward the least of these, His sick and suffering brothers (Matthew 25:31–46); and

WHEREAS, Scripture further defines authentic faith as marked by compassion for the weak, the hurting, and the fatherless (James 1:27; James 2:14–17); and

WHEREAS, Scripture commands the church to herald the Kingdom of Christ through mercy for those in distress (Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:17–18); and

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Resolution on Sex Education

WHEREAS, Today’s children and teenagers are bombarded with an increasing amount of societal and media pressure to be sexually active; and

WHEREAS, There is a need for cooperation on this very important issue among parents, churches, and schools; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists believe sex education is a parental responsibility that should be supported by the roles that churches and schools may choose to play; and

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On the Plague of Internet Pornography

WHEREAS, Pornography is a major contributor to deviant sexual behavior and acts of sexual violence; and

WHEREAS, Viewing pornography creates sexual addiction in some people; and

WHEREAS, Pornography reduces people to objects for selfish pleasure; and

WHEREAS, Pornography devastates the relationship between husbands and wives and between adults and children; and

WHEREAS, Pornography violates God’s design of sexual union between a man and a woman in a committed marital relationship (Genesis 2:18-25; Proverbs 5:15-23); and

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On Thirty Years of Roe v. Wade

WHEREAS, Scripture reveals that all human life is created in the image of God, and therefore sacred to our Creator (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6); and

WHEREAS, The Bible affirms that the unborn baby is a person bearing the image of God from the moment of conception (Psalm 139:13–16; Luke 1:44); and

WHEREAS, Scripture further commands the people of God to plead for protection for the innocent and justice for the fatherless (Psalm 72:12–14; Psalm 82:3; James 1:27); and

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On the Marriage Protection Amendment

WHEREAS, God established the family as the primary and most influential social institution of mankind and ordained that each human family begin only with the marriage of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8; Hebrews 13:4); and

WHEREAS, The viability, strength, and stability of the social order within any nation is more dependent upon the wellbeing of this traditional family structure than any other social institution or agency; and

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Resolution on Sex Education and Adolescent Pregnancy

WHEREAS, Adolescent sex education programs taught from a secular humanistic viewpoint have contributed to a decline in morality as based upon Judeo-Christian values; and

WHEREAS, Adolescent pregnancies and abortion rates have dramatically increased in spite of the flow of increased information and “access” to birth control measures; and

WHEREAS, The establishment of school-based clinics in many states provide pregnancy testing, dispensing of birth control measures and/or prescriptions, and referrals for abortions without parental knowledge or consent.

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Resolution on Human Sexuality

WHEREAS, The Bible reveals God’s design for humanity, organized around the institution of the family; and

WHEREAS, Scripture reveals that human sexuality is a divine gift declared good in His sight and meant for the enjoyment and fulfillment of men and women within the sacred institution of marriage, and only within that institution; and

WHEREAS, Scripture condemns any abuse of sexuality, including premarital sex, adultery, rape, incest, pornography, promiscuity, prostitution, and homosexuality; and

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