We believe that every person is created in the image of God, that human sexuality reflects that image in terms of intimate love, communication, fellowship, subordination of the self to the larger whole, and fulfillment. God’s Word makes use of the marriage relationship as the supreme metaphor for His relationship with His covenant people and for revealing the truth that this relationship is of one God with one people. Therefore God’s plan for human sexuality is that it is to be expressed only in a monogamous lifelong relationship between one man and one woman within the framework of marriage. This is the only relationship which is divinely designed for the birth and rearing of children and is a covenant union made in the sight of God, taking priority over every other human relationship. We adhere to the teachings of Scripture regarding gender identity, sexual conduct, and the sacredness of marriage, and believe that sexual relationships outside of marriage and sexual relationships between persons of the same sex are immoral and sinful.

Related to Scripture

Genesis 1:27–28; 2:18, 20, 23–24; Isaiah 54:4–8; 62:5b; Jeremiah 3:14; Ezekiel 16; Hosea 2; Malachi 2:14; Matthew 19:4–6; Mark 10:9; John 2:1–2, 11; 1 Corinthians 9:5; Ephesians 5:23–32; 1 Timothy 5:14; Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 19:7–8.

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