Articles

Moral Issues (93-53)

Whereas, our way of life as Christians must be Bible-based and not opinion-oriented; and

Whereas, our resolve must be to live under the authority of our government, while at the same time maintaining our obedience to the Word of God; and

Whereas, we are concerned with governmental policies that are continually turning away from principles consistent with Scripture;

Be It Resolved that the Advent Christian General Conference publicly declare itself as supporting the following moral positions:

  1. That God is the author and controller of life and therefore it is wrong for man to terminate life in the womb, or to terminate life because of physical limitations, mental limitations, or age.

 

  1. That the family is God’s building block for society as instituted in Genesis, Chapter 2, and supported by the balance of Scripture, and that homosexual behavior, fornication, adultery, domestic violence, and incest are wrong and damaging to the moral fiber of the nation created by strong families, and should not be condoned or supported by our government.
  2. That education is the God-given responsibility of the family, not the state, and that the choice of content and quality in education, as well as the choice between public, private, or home schools, rightfully belongs to the parents; and

Be It Further Resolved that as new creatures in Christ we believe that change comes from within (regeneration), not by litigation (reformation), and that as ambassadors for Christ to our society and our government, our first priority must be to proclaim the “message of reconciliation,”  and

Be It Further Resolved that as disciples of Christ, and as those who are looking for His soon return to establish His Kingdom, we will continue to support the establishment of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness upon Biblical principles, and will actively encourage our government to pursue legislation that is consistent with Scripture, and

Be It Further Resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of the United States, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

(Note:  Also to be sent to affiliated institutions per GC 93-60)

Political Rights (81-29)

Whereas a growing factor in American political life is religiously motivated political action groups; and

Whereas  these groups are increasingly taking absolute stands on issues on which there is no final word from Scripture;

Be it Resolved that this delegate body applaud the rising awareness that the Gospel and the lordship of Christ have social and political implications, we also recognize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must not be bound to any single political philosophy, program, party, or leader; and

Be it Further Resolved that Advent Christians be encouraged to exercise their political rights based on their personal Christian consciences and the merits of each individual issue.

Corruption and Scandal (74-59)

Whereas corruption, scandal, and arrogant disregard of responsibility have been uncovered on practically all levels of government, now

Therefore be it Resolved that we humbly seek God’s forgiveness for the corporate sin of this nation and that we redouble our efforts to make the government responsive to the needs of the governed through the Christian values of selfless integrity and concern for the well-being of the total society, remembering that even our Lord came not to be served, but to serve, and

Be it Further Resolved that we dedicate ourselves to pray for our President and leaders of our civil government at all levels according to 1 Timothy 2:1-3, “I exhort therefore that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,” and

Be it Further Resolved that a letter be directed to the Senate of the United States commending them for proclaiming a day of prayer and fasting and humiliation on April 30, 1974, and requesting that a similar proclamation be made for the years 1975 and 1976, and

Be it Further Resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives and inform them of our regrets that they did not join the Senate in this proclamation.

Whereas, there have been attempts to introduce into our national Congress legislation which would do away with tax exemption for contributions to charitable and religious institutions,

Therefore, be it Resolved that this delegate body instruct our Executive Secretary to research this matter and when appropriate, register our disapproval of such measures with the proper persons,

Be it Further Resolved that any pertinent information on this matter be published in our national papers.