additional beliefs & positions 

Marriage & Sex 

We believe that marriage is unique among all relationships in that it is set apart by God to signify to the world the relationship between His Son and His Bride, the Church. Therefore this bond is extraordinary among all human bonds, and the breaking of it, likewise. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). He views marriage as a permanent life-long commitment between a man and a woman (Mark 10:6-9). When it is impossible for a married couple to stay together, the Bible is very specific about two narrow concessions God makes for our inability to live peaceably together.

> Sexual Immorality: In Matthew 5:31,32; 19:3-9 we read that God allows the spurned spouse to divorce and remarry when sexual immorality has occurred.

> Abandonment: Desertion by an unbelieving spouse is also a concession for divorce and remarriage since the believing spouse is no longer Biblically bound (1 Cor. 7:10-15).

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.

We believe that God’s forgiveness and healing are available to all victims of divorce. Including those who have repented of their participation in an unbiblical divorce. We also believe that God’s forgiveness and healing are available to all who have repented of their participation in any of the sexual sins mentioned above.

Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:18; Heb. 13:4

Life 

We believe that human life begins at conception & that the unborn child is a living Human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of a unborn Human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well being of the mother are acceptable. We believe that the only permissible time for abortion is when the life of the mother is at risk. 

We believe that God’s forgiveness and healing are available to all who have repented of their participation in an abortion. 

Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1,5; Jer.1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44

Gender Roles

We believe that men/women are spiritually equal in value, worth, and personhood before God as all are made in the image and likeness of God. But, God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions or roles for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to have the final spiritual authority or “Headship” of the home, and men are to be the “final spiritual authorities” or “heads” over the church as Pastors and Elders. 

Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15;3:4-5,12

Family

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. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including possible Scriptural corporal correction. 

Gen. 1:26-28; Ex.20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15;23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; I Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7

Opposition

We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. 

Lev. 19:18;Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom.12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18

Civil Disputes

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may be compensated for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.

 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32