LifePoint Church Statement of Marriage
We believe that God ordained the institution of marriage as a gift to humanity. We believe marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman in which believers are called to love one another, encourage one another and serve one another per the example of Jesus Christ and under his authority. Marriage is more than a civil contract and establishes a covenant relationship that is united by God and illustrative of Christ’s relationship with his church. We believe that in order to preserve the integrity of this sacred institution and the local church, as the Body of Christ, it is imperative that the elders of LifePoint Church not sanction any union in marriage that is not consistent with Biblical teaching, including same-sex civil unions/marriages and marriages between a professing believer and a non-believer. We further believe that marriage is permanent and that any breach of this covenant is grievous and sinful. We are, therefore, committed to maintaining the integrity of the marriage union within our church family.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (e.g., adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, incest, bisexuality, or gender reassignment procedures) is sinful and in direct violation of Scripture. It is imperative that all persons employed by the church, or serving in a leadership capacity, abide by these Biblical teachings and conduct themselves accordingly. We do, however, strongly affirm the Biblical teaching that God is gracious and offers redemption to all those who, seeking his mercy, confess and forsake their sin. We also believe that every person, being created in the image of God, must be afforded love, kindness, respect and dignity.
(Gen. 1:27, 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 5:31-32; 1 Tim. 1:8-10)