The Christian Lifestyle
Although we are forgiven and saved from sin by God’s grace, every Christian should strive to maintain a lifestyle that is pleasing to God and attractive to others. As Christians, we should obey the Word of our Lord and present our lives wholly to God in gratitude for His great and undeserved mercy toward us. This would include protecting our minds and bodies from impure and destructive influences, speaking with honesty, acting with integrity and cultivating a close relationship with our Savior.
Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:16
Since everything in this world, including relationships, is corrupted by sin, divorce is a painful reality of life. At the same time, the Bible teaches that marriage is an unqualified commitment of one man to one woman for life. Scripture never encourages divorce, and makes allowance for it only in very particular circumstances. Initiating divorce outside of those particular circumstances is contrary to God’s Word and is, therefore, sin. Because of this, we do everything possible to prevent divorce and to encourage couples to seek reconciliation, forgiveness and counseling. At the same time, we want those who have been through a divorce to feel welcome in our fellowship as they seek encouragement and healing.
Malachi 2:16; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9
The Sanctity of Life
The Bible teaches that each person is a unique and significant creation of God, made in His image. Therefore, we oppose the destruction of any innocent human life simply because it is unwanted, imperfect, or merely inconvenient. We believe that human life begins at the point of conception and, left in the protection of the womb, will continue to develop. Therefore, we believe that the taking of life by abortion on demand is a sin against all of mankind and against God.
Genesis 1:26, 27; Psalm 139:13-17; Romans 13:8-10
The Bible teaches, in both the Old and New Testaments, that homosexuality is not God’s intention for relationships and that homosexual acts are sinful. The temptation toward homosexuality is not sinful, in and of itself, just as other kinds of temptation are not inherently sinful. We encourage those who struggle with homosexual desires to seek counseling and the assistance of the Holy Spirit in conforming to God’s standard of sexuality. We further believe that those who struggle with homosexual desires are loved by God as much as any other person, and are to be loved by us as well.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 1:18-32