101 for Sex, Marriage, Abortion and Demons and more.
1. What is the appropriate expression of human sexuality?
It’s our belief that God’s ideal for human sexuality is that it be expressed only within the bounds of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage covenant.
2. Can Christians use mood-altering substances?
In keeping with the teachings of Scripture, we reject the use of all illegal substances (Rom 13:1-2). While recognizing the role of individual conscience in deciding certain matters, we reject the addictive and/or immoderate use of any substance (Gal 5:13; I Cor 8:10-13).
3. What are the appropriate roles of husband and wife in a Christian marriage?
We affirm that biblical paradigm of a God-centered, agape-oriented covenant marriage relationship. We also recognize the disagreement among evangelical Christians regarding the nature of gender roles within marriage. Some believe the Bible teaches a timeless principle of male headship, where headship is defined as the model of servant-leadership exemplified by Jesus Christ. Others believe that the idea of male headship expressed in Scripture is a culturally-conditioned teaching and that the ideal model of marriage is that of mutual submission and leadership by gifting, within an egalitarian relationship. We believe that, when guided by the principles of agape-love and servant-leadership, either model of gender roles in marriage can serve to foster God-glorifying covenant-marriages. To that end, we offer the following biblical challenge and encouragement.
4. What should Christians do about abortion?
To those couples who follow the model of male headship: Husbands strive to avoid both self-centered control and worldly authoritarianism, and seek to exemplify the self-sacrificial servant-leadership demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ toward his bride, the church. Wives, strive to avoid both selfish independence or passive apathy in the marriage, and seek to exemplify the active, passionate submission that characterizes the church’s love for its eternal groom, Jesus Christ.
To those couples who follow the egalitarian model: Strive to avoid a marriage characterized by indecision, and seek to lead and/or follow in the various areas of your marriage as God has gifted each of you. In all things, exemplify a heart-attitude of submission toward each other, after the pattern of self-sacrificial servanthood demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ toward our heavenly Father.
While not endorsing any particular political position or politician as a Church, we affirm on the basis of Scripture the preciousness of life in the womb. On this basis, we commit ourselves to encouraging and assisting women to go through with their pregnancy while also committing ourselves to graciously assist in the healing process of women who have chosen otherwise.
5. Is it God’s will for Christians to always be healthy, wealthy and prosperous?
While affirming that health and wealth can be a blessing from the Lord, we deny that sickness or poverty are necessarily evidence of a lack of faith or of sin in a person’s life. Following the example of Jesus, we understand sickness and poverty primarily as works of the kingdom of darkness. Thus, we affirm that one of the Kingdom responsibilities of those who are blessed with health and wealth is to help those who are sick and/or in poverty.
6. Can a Christian be demon possessed?
While we acknowledge that a Christian can never have their spirit ‘possessed’ or controlled by demons, we affirm that Christians can be significantly influenced by demonic powers and need deliverance ministry.
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