Articles

Abortion (96-67)

Whereas our denomination adopted a resolution at the 1974 General Conference regarding abortion; and

Whereas our denomination recognizes that there is division regarding the subject of abortions and in order to state a position by our denomination on the subject;

Be It Therefore Resolved we affirm our position that the moral issue of abortion is more than a question of the freedom of a woman to control the reproductive functions of her own body.  It is rather a question of those circumstances under which a human being may be permitted to take the life of another.    We believe that all life is a gift of God, so that neither the life of the unborn child nor the mother may be lightly taken.  We believe that God Himself, in Scripture, has told us what our attitude should be toward the unborn.  For example, in Psalm 139:13-19, God affirms the personhood of the unborn child. (Jeremiah 1:5) He provided penalties for actions which resulted in the death of the unborn.  (Exodus 21:22-25) Accordingly, we as a denomination affirm the personhood of a child upon conception.

Be It Further Resolved that our denomination disagrees with the woman’s exercise of a legal constitutional right as expressed in numerous decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court, to the extent that the woman decides to terminate a pregnancy for no better reason than personal convenience or sociological considerations.  We affirm our conviction that abortion on demand for social adjustment or solve economic problems is morally wrong.

Be It Further Resolved that we as an Advent Christian people recognize these who would seek and those who provide abortion as people who need the compassion of Jesus and that as such we would pledge ourselves to love these as Jesus would love them.  Further, rather than just condemning the act of abortion we would pledge and resolve to provide and/or support programs and agencies that would provide an alternative solution to these mothers and children.

Be It Further Resolved that our denomination would be prepared to minister to persons seeking guidance on abortion through counseling and prayer.

Abortion (74-38)

Whereas  our nation has experienced an eroding of moral and ethical values regarding the sanctity of life, and,

Whereas  the Supreme Court’s decision to allow abortion on demand has led many to take a more lenient attitude toward the sacredness of life,

Be it Therefore Resolved that this delegate body go on record as opposing abortion except in cases where upon medical advice it would be for the purpose of saving the life of the mother or to prevent serious injury to her health, where the child would very likely be born seriously defective, or where the pregnancy resulted from rape;

Be it Further Resolved that in the teaching and preaching ministry of our churches an emphasis be placed upon respect for human life as a God-given privilege.

Family Unity (78-24)

Whereas  the family is not self-sufficient and self-contained as a body of believers and is in need of continuing support from other families and from individuals within the body of Christ; and

Whereas  the local church, as a part of the universal body of Christ, is an extended family which exists to support, nurture, and equip individuals and families for growth in discipleship and effective functioning,

Be it therefore Resolved that our Advent Christian churches minister to families and individuals in creative ways which build church and family unity, prepare young people for mate selection and marriage, educate families in effective family living, assist family members in their spiritual and personal growth, and give support in times of stress or special need.

Children and the Family (76-61)

We Affirm that children, natural and adopted, are a heritage from God, given in sacred trust.  They are not to be abused or neglected.  Children are not pawns of the church, state, or parents.  Every child deserves to have a warm, loving, caring relationship with a father and mother, the opportunity to be nurtured in an environment which model Christian behavior and values.

We Believe that the roles of parents include providing for their children’s growth (mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially) and teaching them from the Word of God in a spirit of Christian love and nurture.  Parents, together, are responsible to each spiritual truth and other information by word of mouth and by example.  They are to discipline in a firm, consistent, loving manner in the home.  The role of the child includes becoming an obedient learner who is being trained to become a mature adult, able to exercise wise and responsible discernment in making decisions.  Children are to honor their parents, to obey them as they would obey the Lord, and to care for their needs in old age.  Each member of the Christian family has spiritual gifts which are to be discovered, developed, and used to glorify God and strengthen each other within the family.  We deeply regret the breakdown in family closeness and order; and we urge mothers and especially fathers to resume their God-ordained roles as leaders in the home.  We oppose the unhealthy influences which seek to exploit children through pornography, drug abuse, and unethical advertising.  We are deeply concerned about the harmful effects of some television, films, and printed news media, the lack of discipline and poor adult example in home and school, and the breakdown of family unity and cohesion.  We urge parents and schools to raise and teach children in a climate of mature love, respect and discipline.  We urge churches to give priority attention to the task of equipping parents to provide homes in which the spiritual, psychological, intellectual, and social development of children is of crucial importance.

(Genesis 1:27-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16, 6:4-25; Proverbs 1:8, 6:20, 10:1, 20:11, 22:6, 31:10-31; Acts 5:1-11, 18:1-4 & 24-28; Romans 16:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:11; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20,21,24; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 5:3,4,8; 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:15; Titus 2:4).

Because we wish to emphasize clearly the importance of rearing children in truly Christian homes,

Be it Resolved that the statement presented in this Resolution be printed in the Advent Christian News that it may reach every church family; and

Be it Further Resolved that pastors be strongly urged to use this statement as a basis for intensive discussion in appropriate areas of their Christian Education program.