Resolution of Salutation

Resolution of Salutation

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.9

As the General Council of the BWA meets in Nassau, the Bahamas, July 1988, we:

Request that the general secretary send greetings and prayerful best wishes from the General Council to living past BWA presidents, the living widows of past BWA presidents, living past general secretaries and the living widow of past general secretaries.

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. 74.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.9 Resolution of Salutation; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.9).

Resolution of Salutation

Stewardship of the Earth

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1

We affirm that God is creator all life and as stewards of God’s earth, we members of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989, acknowledge the interdependence of all life. As stewards of God’s earth we are concerned for our global environment and threats to its delicate balance—today and for the future.

Every continent is affected by irresponsible patterns of life: the depletion of non- renewable resources, explosive population growth, worldwide deforestation, pollution of air, land and water, the use of synthetic materials which are not biodegradable, the failure to recycle and the buildup of waste.

THEREFORE, we call upon our worldwide Baptist family to:

Recognize and accept our responsibility for stewardship of God’s good earth;

Learn of the environmental dangers facing our planet;

Share information and resources developed in our various conventions and unions;

Pursue a responsible lifestyle, respecting the integrity of creation, and

Exert our influences through industry, business, agriculture, government and as persons to protect and restore the delicate balance of nature.

In particular, we call upon governments to lead their industry and people by example through their public utilities with special reference to greenhouse and other noxious emissions and effluence.

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. 61.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1 Stewardship of the Earth; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.1).

Resolution of Salutation

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://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

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

Resolution of Salutation

Children

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.4

Preamble:

38,000 children die each day
100 million children work in hazardous conditions 80 million children live on the streets
10 million children are refugees

Children have been tortured, sentenced to death, recruited into armed service and physically abused.

THEREFORE, this General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989,

(I) Notes that the UNICEF is inviting international commitment to the protection of children by calling on the governments of the world to ratify the draft convention on “The Rights of the Child” at the General Assembly of the UN in New York in 1989, and

THEREFORE, urges Baptist conventions and unions to encourage their own governments to ratify the convention as soon as possible and without reservation.

(II) Also notes with regret that

(a) In many Baptist churches the mission work among children is delegated to a few people within each local church, and further notes that

(b) Baptist churches are called to demonstrate Christ’s love for children in their own fellowships as well as for children around the world, and notes with approval

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.4

(c) the mission amongst children pursued by the Baptist World Alliance, national and local youth workers.

AND URGES THAT

(1) Baptist conventions and unions make themselves more aware of the harsh and apparently unloving world into which many children are born,

(2) All conventions and unions encourage the total membership of the local churches to seek fully to understand and address the temptations and social pressures under which children grow up in modern cultures, and

(3) All local churches take appropriate action in their worship and educational programs to ensure that children are given their rightful place in family and church life.

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. 63.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.4 Children; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.4).

Resolution of Salutation

Families

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.5

WHEREAS the family remains the God-ordained mainstay of society, as well as the center of intimacy and commitment for significant, ongoing relationships, and

WHEREAS many alternative lifestyles are replacing traditional family structures and roles in numerous cultures throughout the world, and

WHEREAS the biblical teachings are clear and explicit on the requirements of chastity, marital fidelity and parent-child relationships, and

WHEREAS these biblical family values are under attack from materialism, permissive attitudes toward premarital and extramarital sex, substance abuse and casual commitment or none, and

WHEREAS Christian values of family relationships are often ignored or even ridiculed by secular education and the media,

THEREFORE, be it resolved that Baptists throughout the world be encouraged to acknowledge and endorse anew the need for the home and family to be deeply rooted in the Christian faith, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meriting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989 encourages all Christians to demonstrate Christian love and support for families broken or handicapped by poverty, divorce, loss or trauma, and

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that the local church be encouraged to provide biblical instruction for building Christian family relationships, guidance for crisis periods in the home and networks of loving support for broken lives in disruptive families, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the General Council acknowledges the teaching and healing efforts of pro-family organizations, realizing that the task of protecting moral beliefs and values requires the cooperation of skilled secular and Christian people.

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), pp. 63-64.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.5 Families; https://www.baptistworld.org/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.5).