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Capital Punishment (81-35)

Whereas the committee charged to prepare a study on capital punishment has completed the study; ;and

Whereas  the study has been put in the hands of our people; and

Whereas  the study has sought a broad and yet comprehensive view of capital punishment;

Be it Therefore Resolved that we receive the report of the Task Force on Capital Punishment and that copies of the report be made available upon request to Advent Christians;

Be it Further Resolved that the delegate body of the 1984 General Conference Convention come ready to respond to the Task Force report on Capital Punishment, and to continuing discussion and other published studies provoked by it, determining that:

  1. A Biblical stand should be made against it.
  2. A Biblical stand should be made for it.
  3. A study of the Bible does not resolve the debate, thereby leaving the issue to individual conscience and interpretation.

Ministry to AIDS Patients (93-55)

Whereas, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is fast becoming the number one health problem in the world; and

Whereas,  tens of thousands of Americans have contracted AIDS, and more than a million Americans are carriers of the AIDS virus, and for those who have contracted AIDS, currently there is no known medical cure, thus making the disease fatal; and

Whereas,  in general, AIDS patients are cloaked in silence so that both patient and caregivers are often isolated and bereft of any succor; and

Whereas, legislation and the best efforts of our public health officials are severely limited in their effectiveness, while our Christian faith offers supportive hope for those stricken with AIDS; and

Whereas,   our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:35-40 has established a basis of compassionate ministry to those in need and unable to fully provide for themselves;

Therefore,  Be it Resolved that this Advent Christian delegate body go on record as endorsing the biblical directives for helping to curb the spread of AIDS in that our faith calls for chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage (although we recognize that not everyone who has AIDS has contracted it through sinful channels such as illegal drug use or illicit sex); and

Be It Further Resolved that our churches be encouraged to exercise Christian compassion by promoting Christ’s offer of redemptive love, by praying God’s abundant grace upon those afflicted with AIDS, and by rendering loving assistance to both patients and their caregivers; and

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to every Advent Christian church and pastor that together they might become God’s implement to bring wholeness to those whose brokenness is so painful.  (Note:  Also to be sent to affiliated institutions per GC 93-60)

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.

Human Life (84-39)

Whereas  God is the Creator and sustainer of all life, and

Whereas the Bible teaches the sanctity, while condemning the killing of all human life (preborn and born);

Be it Resolved that we, the Advent Christian General Conference of America, support the passage of a Human Life Amendment to the United States Constitution.