Continuing Resolutions of the FGBC
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE(From 1982 - made a continuing resolution in 1985)
Human life is worthy of respect and protection at all stages from the time of conception. The sanctity of human life is established by creation (Gen. 1:26-27], social protection [Gen. 9:6) and redemption (John 3:16]. (Added in 1996)
We sympathize with the plight of childless married couples who desire offspring, but who are unable to conceive. We oppose, however, new fertilization techniques which do not respect the unique worth of each newly conceived life and which cheapen life by treating it as simply the property of another.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (From 1987)
We commend the efforts of our governmental leaders, which strive to preserve the free exercise of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
We express our strong objection to those efforts in government which would move the state away from "benevolent neutrality" to religion toward a secularistic "anti-religion" attitude, and which would reshape our nation as a secularist state.
We believe the free exercise of religion includes such activities as:
- Freedom to meet in public places and in private homes for worship, Bible study, prayer, and evangelism, including freedom for our children to have equal access to the use of public school facilities for such purposes.
- Freedom to operate private schools to instruct our children in the relation of our faith and values to all life.
- Freedom to determine the qualifications for membership in our churches and schools and to exercise discipline on the basis of these qualifications.
- Freedom to determine the standards for employees of our churches and schools, and to discharge employees who fail to maintain these standards.
- Freedom to offer personal and family counseling according to the teachings of the Bible to those who seek it, without being licensed by a state agency, and without fear of reprisal from those who do not agree with the counseling.
- Freedom to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others both publicly and privately.
- Freedom to teach and practice what we believe the Bible teaches about morals, sexuality, personal relationships, private and public conduct, and all other matters that come within the scope of our religious concerns.
- Freedom to strive to influence public policy from the perspective of our Christian values.
PERSONAL COMMITMENT (From 1988)
We resolve as a national fellowship of churches, as local churches, and as individuals:
To make four personal commitments:
- To spend quality time with Jesus Christ in the Word and in prayer.
- To fellowship with and minister to the body of Christ.
- To present the gospel to our friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors.
- To live this day as though Christ would return momentarily.
To make four prayer commitments:
- To pray daily for spiritual revival.
- To pray daily for five unsaved people. -"Handful for Christ."
- To pray daily for our pastors, missionaries, and other spiritual leaders.
- To pray daily for those in authority.
HOMOSEXUALITY (from 2000)
We do not believe that the practice of homosexuality excludes anyone from the fundamental rights and respect that are properly due to all persons because of their inclusion in the human race (as image-bearers of God) or because of their citizenship.
We believe that the practice of same-sex sexual relations is contrary to the pattern of sexuality created by God and directed by his commandments.
We affirm marriage to be a monogamous and heterosexual covenant entered into before God and man. We oppose same-sex marriage and legally constituted "domestic partnership" arrangements that act as substitutes for the marriage covenant.
We oppose all governmental and corporate coercion that requires secular employers and religious organizations to acknowledge "domestic partnerships" in order to be full participants in civic or business affairs. No person or organization should lose rights because they do not support homosexual rights.
We oppose the introduction of "speech codes" or the forbidding of so-called "hate speech." Such restrictions on speech lead to prohibiting, intimidating or discouraging people from expressing their convictions on homosexuality or being able to discuss or debate the issue in a reasonable way. We oppose the use of civil authorities to monitor such "hate speech."
We affirm that it is virtually impossible for those in public education to discuss homosexuality (or other issues of human sexuality) in the absence of some kind of ethical framework. Educators should not presume that their policies and teaching are "value neutral" or "only health issues" and should approach such topics sensitive to and with a reasoned analysis of the ethical and religious issues involved.