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statement on marriage, gender and sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.   These 

two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) 

Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who 

are married to each other. 1 Cor. 6:187:2-5Heb. 13:4.) 

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, 

bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. 

(Matt 15:18-201 Cor. 6:9-10)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking

His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  (Acts 3:19-21Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11)

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman 

in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) 

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage

between a man and a woman.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the Ministry as the local Body of Christ,

and to provide a biblical role model to the Ministry members and the community, it is imperative that all

persons employed by the Ministry in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this

Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16Phil 2:14-161Thessa. 5:22)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. 

(Mark 12:28-31Luke 6:31

Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not

 in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Ministry.

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