Statement on Biblical Morality

Whereas the prevailing moral culture continues to become more and more accepting of
behaviors that are in contrast with Biblical standards; and whereas some professing Christians
are adopting this morally relativistic worldview; we find it compelling to issue a simple statement
reaffirming our stance on Biblical morality.  

Whereas fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, drunkenness, and abortion are
increasingly more acceptable in our current culture, we would like to state definitively that we
believe these behaviors are sin according to the Bible, our standard for behavior.  As sin, they
are unacceptable to God and to be rejected by those who want to follow Christ.  

We acknowledge that:
  • This is not an exhaustive list of sins;
  • There are not some sins that are “worse” than others.  All sin is sin; and
  • Many sincere believers may have committed these sins in the past, or may even be in a
    current struggle against them.

A person who chooses to engage in these behaviors and remains unrepentant (i.e. does not
want to change and feels that their behavior is acceptable before God) is in rebellion against
God, His Word and His standards, which are created to give them life (Deuteronomy 8:3).  

A person living in such a state is in need of restoration and will be encouraged to turn from their
sin (repent) and ask God for forgiveness, as He will cleanse us and forgive us of our sin.  A
person found in any state of unrepentant sin will not be invited to take part in public leadership,
but will always be welcome in our gatherings.  Our goal is to see them restored to wholeness and
right relationship with God (Galatians 6:1), and we feel that involving them in public
ministry would be a distraction from this aim.  We want to affirm leadership in those whose lives
we see as a good example of faithfulness to the Lord and His standards.    

However, in light of the above statements, it must be acknowledged that in our current human
state, none of us is perfect.  Every human being should be loved and embraced unconditionally,
as God receives each of us.  It is never in the “spirit of Christ” to treat ANY person in an unloving
manner, and we stand firmly against those who would mistreat a person based on sinful
behavior.  It is the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), and we want to
reflect that heart in how we treat all individuals who are made in His image, and whom He longs to
draw closer to Himself.