Statement of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

ARTICLE ONE:

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a 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.

ARTICLE TWO:

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.)

ARTICLE THREE:

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (1 Thess 4:3-4)

ARTICLE FOUR:

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 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)

ARTICLE FIVE:

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Life In Abundance as part of the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Life In Abundance counselees and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Life In Abundance in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.
(Matt 5:16, Phil 2:14-16, 1 Thess 5:22.)

ARTICLE SIX:

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 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)

ARTICLE SEVEN:

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.
(Mark 12:28-31; Luke 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 Life In Abundance.

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