PORNOGRAPHY AND OBSCENITY (1998)

WHEREAS Scripture declares that all persons are made in the image of God and are therefore to be treated with dignity and respect, and Scripture affirms that sex is a gift from a loving Creator to be enjoyed within the sacred bonds of marriage between husband and wife; and

WHEREAS a sharp decline in moral values and beliefs continues to mark our society, resulting in increasing rates of unmarried adolescent and adult sexual activity, the birth of children to unwed mothers, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and decreasing marital fidelity; and

WHEREAS pornography and obscenity are increasingly available through movies, television, video, print media and the internet, causing a powerfully corrosive effect within society; and

WHEREAS pornography and obscenity cause harm to those who are abused in the production of it (often women and children) as well as to those who use it, damaging healthy relationships and distorting God’s gift of loving, mutual sexuality between husband and wife;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God opposes pornography and obscenity and supports efforts by Christian education, appropriate law enforcement and other means to combat it, and supports ministry to those who have been harmed by its destructive efforts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage all pastors and youth leaders to protect youth and children from exposure to these materials by emphasizing Biblical standards of character and holiness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon businesses, schools and libraries. as well as parents, to participate in efforts to shield children and youth from being harmed by these materials; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge local, state and federal agencies to prosecute aggressively those who break the laws in producing and distributing illegal implicit sexual materials in the form of pornography and obscenity; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we openly and publicly commend lawmakers, leaders of the broader faith community, and others who lead in efforts to combat pornography and obscenity (67th A., 1998, pp. 59, 60).


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