General Conference Session Update
Resolutions and Statements
WOMEN AND GIRLS
We, the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, speak up and join with others to
bring an end to violence against women and girls. Global statistics indicate that in all
societies women and girls are more frequently the victims of violence. Actions or threats
likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering are incompatible
with biblical ethics and Christian morality. Such actions include, but are not limited to,
family violence, rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), honor killings, and dowry murders.
Manipulation, denial of personal liberty, and coercion are also acts of abuse and
violence. To such behaviors the Seventh-day Adventist Church says, “Let’s end it now!”
Seventh-day Adventists recognize that creation in God’s image bestows dignity and
worth on every individual. The measure of that worth is seen in the sacrificial death of
Jesus Christ to provide eternal life for everyone. The love and compassion that characterized
the earthly life of Jesus sets an example for all His followers in their relationship
with others. Christ-like behavior leaves no room for violence against family members or
persons outside the family.
The Bible counsels Christians to view the body as the temple of God. Bringing intentional
harm to another person desecrates that which God honors and is therefore sinful behavior.
Seventh-day Adventists commit themselves to being leaders in breaking the cycle of
violence perpetrated against women and girls. We will speak out in defense of victims
and survivors through teaching, preaching, Bible study, and advocacy programs.
The Seventh day Adventist Church seeks and welcomes partnerships and collaboration
with others in addressing this global issue. The collective voice of many can save tens
of thousands of women and girls from the harm and suffering that result from abuse and
(This statement is supported by the following Bible references: John 3:16; Genesis 1:26;
Isaiah 61:1-3; Ephesians 5:2-3; 1 John 3:10, 15-18, 4:11; 3 John 1:2; 1 Corinthians
3:16-17, 6:19; Romans 12:1-2.)
(See also the “Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children”.)