Because these are such “hot topic” issues for many we are taking space to address them. These are NOT the only issues causing people to be outside of God’s will. We all fall short of God’s ideal and need His love and transformational power so that we more closely reflect the beings God wants us to be.
Those with differing opinions are not banned from joining us in worship. In fact, we encourage dialogue as we all seek to be aligned closer to God’s will and know His grace, love and forgiveness.
Humans: The crowning glory of God’s creative act is found in the fact that God created humans. What makes us different from everything else is that we are created in “God’s image” (Genesis 1:27). God gave us the power of freewill and the ability to have hope, and reason with our mind. We have imagination and creative thoughts. But, the best part of being filled with the Imago Dei (image of God) is that we choose whom we will love.
Gender: God created the first humans to be male and female (Genesis 1:27). His works are wonderful and these genders allow us to reflect God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27). Of course there are rare exceptions when someone is born with ambiguous gender chromosomes and these humans are also loved deeply by God. We believe that when someone intentionally rejects their biological gender they are rejecting the Image of God placed within them.
Marriage: God’s command to all of His creation was that they be “fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:22 & 28) This command was confirmed with Noah after the flood (Genesis 9:7). It is not possible for mankind to fulfill God’s command in a same-sex relationship. We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18 & 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We do not believe that sexual relationships outside of marriage honor God or are within His will.
Sexuality: We believe that God invented sexuality and, in it’s holy form it is very good. We know that human sexuality has been twisted and perverted by Satan. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including, but not limited to: the use of pornography, masturbation, adultery, prostitution, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, polygamy) is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). We try hard NOT to identify people by their sexual preferences. We are all sinners and need God’s grace, His forgiveness and the transformational power of the Holy Spirit to conform us into Christlikeness.
If you wish to know more about our Marriage Policy or our Building Use Policy , please contact us and we’d be glad to send you our statement of faith and the information.