God creates each person as male or female, as two distinct, complementary genders who together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). These distinctions are divinely inspired and are essential to fully understanding the nature of God. However, we are fully fallen — physically, emotionally, and psychologically — and this brokenness can affect our personal understanding and expression of gender.
But by God’s sovereignty and through His grace, gender is also being redeemed from the pathway of self-determined expression to God’s intended design of male and female as image bearers. We believe that this redemptive process is full of hope and healing. Conversely, disagreement with one’s biological sex or God’s boundaries for sexual expression leads to spiritual confusion and emotional chaos (Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that marriage is originally and continues to be defined by God in Scripture as the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, covenant commitment for a lifetime (Gen. 2:18-25). Furthermore, it is God alone who has ultimate authority to prescribe and describe the marital relationship (Matt. 19:1-9, Mark 10:1-12).
It is through this marital union that God provides a framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual delight according to biblical standards, the means for procreation, and the foundation for raising godly children. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman in the sacred context of marriage (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4; Malachi 2:15). Sexual immorality, defined by any sexual activity outside the boundaries of this relationship, is clearly and expressly prohibited by the Lord (Matthew 15:19, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4).
Ultimately, this marital covenant is a representation of Christ’s relationship with His church. As such, the husband and wife, though equal in value and worth before God, have been entrusted with complementary roles within the marital relationship. A husband has been entrusted with the responsibility to lead his wife and to love her sacrificially—giving himself up for her, just as Christ loved and sacrificed Himself for the church. A wife is to respect her husband, to be his helper, and to submit herself graciously to the leadership of her husband, just as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ (Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3:18-19).