LEADERSHIP AND MORALITY (1998)

WHEREAS certain elements of our culture equate Christian morality with backwardness and ignorance; and

WHEREAS others tag morality to changing times and perspectives, arguing for relativity rather than any sure and certain foundation; and

WHEREAS such views so dominate the news that sin steps boldly from closet to main street and prophetic voices are labeled as bigotry and intolerance; and

WHEREAS the message of church leadership is too often muted from failures of its own or else silenced by expediency in the face of the new god, political correctness; and

WHEREAS the Bible explicitly condemns sin, while forgiving the sinner who repents; and

WHEREAS the Church of God has always based its belief and doctrine on “the whole Bible rightly divided,” and

WHEREAS the church has always insisted its leaders walk worthy of God’s calling (Ephesians 4: 1), and the Lord (Colossians 1:10), and present themselves as an “example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12);

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Church of God reaffirm its commitment to Biblical morality; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that every leader of this church (national and international, departmental, state, and local) renew personal commitment to holy living and moral integrity in every aspect of personal and public life; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that every member of this church, young and old, recall that Christian living is truly defined only in terms of Christlikeness; and

BE IF FINALLY RESOLVED that we will each and all stand up together and trumpet forth a sure and certain message (1 Corinthians 14:8) of hope and deliverance for a world in darkness through the light and loveliness of Jesus Christ our Lord (67th A., 1998, pp. 58, 59).


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