Moral Issues

Abortion – We believe that human life begins at fertilization and that the unborn child is a living human being.  Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of God-given human life.  God is the author of life and death.  Therefore, abortion is murder (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-58; Luke 1:44).

Euthanasia – We believe that God is the author of life and death.  The direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of intention.  Life is a gift of God and must be respected from fertilization to natural death (Exodus 20:24; 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).

Human Sexuality – We believe that sexual activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman is sin.  Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.  God has created us male and female, and He desires that we find joy and contentment in His design (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5, 13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).

Marriage – We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23).

Gender Relationships – We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate functions for men and women in the home and the church.  The husband is the head of his household, serving as a shepherd/leader in the home.  Likewise, men are to hold the office of elder, overseer, shepherd in the church.  Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church and qualified to exercise their authority by leading mixed adult worship services and adult Christian education classes (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5, and 12).

Family Relationships – We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church.  The wife is to submit herself to the scriptural leadership of her husband as the Church submits to the headship of Christ.  Children are a heritage from the Lord, and parents are responsible to oversee their children’s spiritual and moral instruction, which includes a consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-23; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7).

Divorce and Remarriage – We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until the death of a spouse. Divorce and remarriage are regarded as adultery except on the ground of fornication and spousal abandonment.  Divorce is also permissible to end civil unions or legal marriages which violate Scriptural marriage as defined above (Such as polygamous or homosexual unions).  However, marriage to an unbeliever is not solely a legitimate ground for divorce (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16).