Grace Community Church Marriage Statement
In keeping with our commitment to the veracity of the Scriptures and their application to all areas of faith and practice, we affirm the following:
A. Marriage – We believe that marriage has been instituted and ordained by God, and that marriage is defined as the exclusive conventional union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the Biblical definition of marriage.
(Genesis 2:24-26; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9)
B. Human Sexuality – We believe that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage, including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia, are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the church. Further, transgender behavior and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography are incompatible with the biblical witness. (Hebrews 13:4; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:3-5; Eph. 5:5)
C. Family – We believe that the roles of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children are clearly stated in the Scriptures, including the principles of discipline, instruction, and correction. When found to conflict with laws and/or social norms, we will follow the biblical principle. (Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-21; 1 Pet 3:1-7; Eph. 6:1-4)
D. Tolerance – We believe that love and respect are due, and to be offered, to all people, as we’re all created in the image of God. However, when the Scriptures speak against other philosophies, belief systems, and behaviors, we will be true to the Scriptures and will speak the truth, but will do so in love. (Rom. 3:4; Eph. 4:14-16)