We are convinced that God created man and woman male and female in His own image; that is, He created them to visibly represent his character and attributes. “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Both the male and the female genders were created to give unique expression to the nature of God. In marriage as God designed it, the uniqueness of the male and female elements come together in a lifelong relationship of love to give vivid human expression to the image of God. (Genesis 5:2)
We are convinced that God intends marriage to be a monogamous lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. While divorce and remarriage was permitted in some cases under the Old Testament Jewish law, we are convinced that Jesus restored marriage to its original intention. Jesus taught that divorce and subsequent remarriage constitute adultery. “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let not man separate.” “He said to them, whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:6-9, 11-12)
We are convinced that sex was God’s idea and that marital intimacy, where husband and wife unite body, soul, and spirit, is a beautiful and sacred gift intended for procreation and pleasure. The first command God gave the man and woman after he created them was to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:28) The Scriptures teach that “marriage is honorable and the bed undefiled.” (Hebrews 13:4) The books of Proverbs and Song of Solomon speak favorably of the delights of marital intimacy.
We are convinced that sexual expressions outside of lifelong marriage between a man a woman—such as adultery, fornication (sex outside of marriage), and homosexuality fall outside of the creators design and are therefore wrong. “Now the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” (1 Corinthians 6:13)
We are saddened that society has turned away from God’s design. Reduced to mere physical acts of pleasure, sex has lost its sacredness, with no thought given to the Creator’s design. The pain, guilt, broken relationships, and the desperate search for ever-increasing thrills are sufficient proofs that sex outside of God’s design is ultimately unsatisfying and destructive.
We are saddened that modern society is trying to redefine God’s plan for marriage, and are particularly saddened that the Christian church has undermined God’s plan by condoning divorce and remarriage. According to Jesus, divorce and remarriage constitute adultery. (see above) In the first centuries after Christ, the church held to Jesus’ teachings and only permitted divorce in rare cases, but never remarriage. We are convinced that the modern church has largely lost its moral voice because of this compromise, and the only solution is radically repenting and returning to the teachings of Jesus. We are convinced that same-sex marriage falls outside of God’s design and is therefore not recognized as marriage in the eyes of God.
We are convinced that guilt and shame people feel because of sexual sin is the unwritten law of God speaking through the human conscience. “...who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness…” (Romans 2:15) We are convinced the written law of God (the Bible) makes it abundantly clear that adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, and other sexual sins are wrong and that those who practice these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:18-21) Ultimately those who persist in their sin will face the just judgment of God. (Revelation 21:8)
We are convinced that God has sent Jesus into the world to save us from our sins, reconcile us to Himself, and transform us into Jesus’ likeness. (See “Get Reconnected to God”)
We are convinced that Jesus invites all of us sinners to come to him and that He allows us to come to Him just as we are, but He does not allow us to remain as we are. To those who would follow Him He asks this penetrating question: “Are you willing to forsake all to follow me?” (Luke 14:23) Many turn away because the price is too high. A few discover they cannot possibly live without the unspeakable love of Christ; they surrender all to Him and enter in through the narrow gate of self-surrender. In their surrender to Christ they discover joy and rest of soul.
Some turn away in despair because change seems impossible and hopeless. There is no denying that leaving a lifestyle of sexual sin, whether adultery, fornication, or homosexuality, can be extremely difficult. But we are convinced that Jesus is supremely merciful and gracious, and sinners who are honest with him will find deliverance if they persevere in repentance and faith.
Because Christ personally vanquished sin and Satan while he lived on earth, we are convinced that the sin in our lives can be overcome by and through his power in our lives. Nothing is too great for him.
Some of the first believers at Corinth came from a background of idolatry, thievery, greed, drunkenness, fornication, adultery, and homosexuality. The apostle Paul reminded them “And such WERE some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Clearly the power of Christ had transformed these people.
We respectfully but firmly disagree with the views of modern psychology which asserts that ones sexual orientation is impossible to change. We are convinced that Jesus came to save us FROM our sins. He came to save us from our pride, anger, hatred, greed, self-righteousness, and whatever sin we may struggle with, including sexual sin. Either Jesus has the power to transform sinners or He is not the Savior of the world. “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 2:5, 1:9)
For additional resources and for help in dealing with sexual sin, see www.purelifeministries.org.