We believe that “marriage” is a word with a specific definition. We believe that definition is revealed to us in Scripture and in nature. Marriage is the exclusive union of one man and one woman for as long as they both shall live. The husband and the wife are equal before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously and voluntarily to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. In other words, husbands and wives are equal persons with distinct, God-given roles. They are to work together to manage the household and nurture the next generation (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:15-25, Genesis 3:1-20, Matthew 19:1-6, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, Titus 2:3-5, 1 Peter 3:1-7) (wording amended 12-10-14).
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to raise their children with a godly example, loving discipline, wise teaching and training, and proper affection. Children are to honor and obey their parents (Psalm 127, Psalm 139:13-16, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Malachi 2:14-16, Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:20-21). (wording amended 12-10-14)
We believe that sexual intimacy should only occur within a marriage relationship as described above. We believe that any sexual intimacy occurring outside of this context is sinful and harmful. This includes, but is not limited to, fornication, pornography, incest, adultery, homosexual sexual intimacy, bisexual sexual intimacy, bestiality, bigamy, polygamy, polyandry and any other sexual activity other than sexual intimacy between a man and woman who are exclusively married to one another for as long as they both shall live (Genesis 2:24-25, Genesis 19:1-29, Leviticus 18:22-23, Matthew 5:27-30, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:4).
We believe that God created humans as male and female. We believe that gender is a wonderful and holy gift. We believe that disagreement with one’s gender or attempts to change one’s gender, live consistently with a gender opposite to the one a person is born with, or to live as though one did not have a specific gender, is sinful and harmful. We believe that protecting the genders of our children and ourselves is the duty of every believer in Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-16).
P.O. Box 908
Talbott, TN 37877