Abortion – We believe that human life begins at fertilization and 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; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:15-58; Luke 1:44).

Euthanasia – We believe 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 20:13; 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).

Human Sexuality – We believe 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 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 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 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 and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7).

Divorce and Remarriage – We believe that God disapproves of divorce and intends marriage to last until the death of a spouse (Malachi 2:14-17; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 7:2-3). In general, we believe that divorce and remarriage are to be regarded as adultery (Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; Matthew 19:10). 

However, there may be exceptions for the acceptance of divorce and subsequent remarriage for the following reasons: 1) Sexual immorality (Matthew 5:32, 19:9), 2) unbelieving spousal abandonment (1 Corinthians 7:15), which may include cases like, 3) unrepentant spousal abuse (1 Corinthians 7:15, “in such cases”).

Non-scriptural divorce and remarriage are not to be regarded as unforgiveable unrepentant sin (Mark 3:28-30; 1 John 1:9) and may not be the sole disqualification for opportunities in church leadership (1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; “the husband of one wife” refers to being “above reproach” and faithful to one’s current spouse).

Divorce, however, is permissible to end state recognized marriages where they are in violation of the Scriptural marriage between one biological man and one biological woman.