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).
For over 125 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 7 million with a presence in nearly 180 countries.