Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We teach that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person in His own image as male or female (Job 31:15; Ps. 139:13-14). These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27, 5:1-2; Matt. 19:4). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We teach that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Cor. 7:2; Eph. 5:22-32). We teach that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We teach that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (Prov. 5; Song 8:4, Matt. 15:19, Gal. 5:19, 2Cor. 12:21, Eph. 5:3, Col. 3:5, Rev. 9:21).
We teach that any form of sexual immorality (including sexual assault, sexual abuse, adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 5:27-28, 15:18-20; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 21:8, 22:15).
We teach that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38, 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Titus 3:3-7).
We teach that every person, as a bearer of the image of God, must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 19:19, 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31, 10:27-28; Rom. 13:9-10; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8-9). Unloving, hateful, and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are sinful, to be repudiated, and not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Immanuel Church of Havre.
We teach that, in order to preserve the function and integrity of Immanuel Church of Havre as a local Body of Christ and to provide a biblical role model to the members of Immanuel Church of Havre and the community (Matt. 5:14-16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22), it is imperative that all persons employed by Immanuel Church of Havre in any capacity, any who serve as volunteers, and all members of Immanuel Church of Havre agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.