Statement on Marriage and Sexuality
This statement was first adopted when we were West Mobile Bible Fellowship, on March 3, 2013. CrossHope Chapel has included this statement in its Church Constitution and Bylaws.
Article III:4 – MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
“We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage as sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. 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 sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pedophilia, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, adultery, sex-change, or divergence from biblical design and biblical marriage, defined as “lawlessness” against God in 1 John 3:4. (Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1: 26-32; 1 Corinthians 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:7-8.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church fellowship and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by CrossHope Chapel in pastoral roles or in church leadership capacity or who serve as ministry volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves as such. Accordingly, this church, its property, and its ministers will not condone, oversee, host, facilitate, or officiate any marriage, vow renewal, wedding, or anniversary celebration ceremony except between relationships of one man and one woman.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy, forgiveness, and regeneration through Jesus Christ “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) and experience that life “more abundantly” (John 10:10).”
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity, in light of biblical doctrines and religious liberty. Hateful and harassing behavior directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.”
As often as doctrines within our fellowship require clarification, or as conflicting issues within our society arise, or as disputes with the church at large, or as national conversations deem necessary, we will develop and adopt appropriate “position statements” to offer clarity regarding our pastoral leadership and/or our Statement of Faith on those matters.