Statement on Marriage & Sexuality
Marriage is a gift given by God as part of His common grace to mankind (Gen 2:18; 1 Pet 3:7). While it is subject to the curse of the Fall (Gen 3:16), it is nonetheless still capable of fulfilling God’s purposes (Gen 9:1; Mal 2:15; 1 Cor 7:2). What’s more, when modeled by two Christians, it is intended to illustrate the relationship between Christ and the Church and is thus a living and dynamic picture of the gospel (Eph 5:23-32).
Sexual intimacy is designed by God, and when expressed between a man and a woman (as identified biologically) who are united in marriage, is right and acceptable (Heb 13:4; 1 Tim 4:3; 1 Pet 3:7). However, any form of sexual immorality—be it adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, pornography, attempting to change one’s biological sex, or even disagreement with one’s biological sex—is sinful, offensive to God, and incurs His judgment (Lev 18:1-30; Matt 5:28; Rom 1:26-29; 1 Cor 5:1-5, 11; 6:9; Gal 5:19-21; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Heb 13:4).
Nevertheless, no form of sexual sin renders a person incapable of receiving forgiveness. Rather, God promises that anyone who turns from their sin in repentance and places their trust in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will receive forgiveness and redemption from sin, reconciliation with God, peace through a purified conscience, and hope for a new life (Rom 3:24; 5:1, 10-11; 6:18, 22; 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:11; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 3:13; Eph 1:7; Tit 2:14; Heb 9:12, 14; 1 John 3:5).
This is the gospel message, and believers are called to faithfully proclaim it to the world (Matt 28:16-20; 2 Cor 5:11-20; 1 Tim 1:5; 2 Tim 4:1-2). The manner of their proclamation should not be harassing or harsh, but rather humble, compassionate, and kind. The content of the gospel, however, involves a call to repent of sin, a message which though unpopular and offensive to some, is nonetheless integral to the message and part of the church’s loving mission to the world. It is not harsh, unloving, or hateful to identify sinful behavior and as such to warn the lost of coming judgment, or to direct them to the only means of deliverance, and proclaiming this message to others does not constitute hate speech.