WHEREAS, The AIDS epidemic continues to cause fear and alarm and by estimates of our health officials is becoming a major threat to our society; and
WHEREAS, Medical, legal, educational, and public officials are speaking to this issue and often seem to ignore biblical standards of decency and morality; and
WHEREAS, In response to the AIDS crisis, TV and other forms of advertising, as well as human resource agencies of all types, are currently advocating "safe sex" to include the use of condoms; and
WHEREAS, Such positions do not generally follow the biblical standards of morality, but rather seem to accept infidelity and adultery, as well as perversion, as an accepted fact of our American way of life.
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That we, the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 16-18, 1987, go on record as believing that obedience to God's laws of chastity before marriage and faithfulness in marriage would be a major step toward curtailing the threat of AIDS; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we urge Christians to exhibit Christlike compassion in dealing with the hurting victims of AIDS and their families; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we oppose advertising and educational endeavors which appear to accept infidelity, adultery, and perversion in the guise of "safe sex"; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we deplore and condemn any mass and indiscriminate distribution of condoms or other sexual devices which seems to encourage an acceptance of immorality or deviant behavior; and
Be it finally RESOLVED, That we encourage the teaching of biblical morality concerning sexual conduct in our homes, churches, and communities.
St. Louis, Missouri
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