Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
You are probably aware that the Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on same-sex marriage. As your elders, we are committed to the guarding and teaching of sound doctrine as found in scripture regardless of government decisions and cultural changes. Below is article 4 of the Woodridge Constitution which explains what we believe about marriage and the practice of homosexuality. We encourage you to read it. We also encourage you to study your Bible to know what it teaches on these matters. It is clear on these issues.
It’s good for us to remember that our mission is not merely to tell people how they should or shouldn’t be living. Even if someone could be convinced to change their lifestyle, we read in the second chapter of Galatians that “by works of the law no one will be justified.” People need to hear that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for their sin, and rose from the dead to give them victory over sin and death. We urge you to love people by engaging them with the Gospel, and to pray for the advancement of the Gospel among people in this country and the world.
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). All sinners are welcome to come to Woodridge to hear the preaching of the Gospel but scripture is clear that repentance of sin and faith in Christ is essential for salvation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful enough to save, forgive, and change the hearts of sinners and we are called to love and proclaim the Gospel to all people.
Here are some links to resources that we believe will be helpful for you to look at:
With you for Christ and the church,
The Elders of Woodridge Community Church
ARTICLE 4 STATEMENT OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF REGARDING MARRIAGE
We believe marriage is a gift from God for the blessing of men, women, and children and for the good of society. However, given the present practice of cohabitation outside of marriage, the prevalence of same-sex unions and the disintegration of marriages in our culture, we offer the following Biblical principles relative to the sanctity of the institution of marriage. We seek to think about marriage under the authority of God and His written Word, the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe that God has revealed to all people, in all cultures, at all times, a sense of morality in the ordering of human relationships. Therefore, there is a moral imperative which governs all human relationships, including marriage.
- MARRIAGE IS GOD-ORDAINED
Genesis 1:27 (NASB95)
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Matthew 19:4-6 (NASB95)
“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘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 they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
The very nature of the way God created human beings to live on the earth indicates He intended man and woman for each other. It is God who joins a man and a woman together in marriage.
- MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN
Leviticus 18:22 (NASB95)
“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
Romans 1:24-27 (NASB95)
“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”
Scripture condemns same-sex unions, and sexual activity between people of the same sex.
- MARRIAGE IS MONOGAMOUS AND PERMANENT
Genesis 2:24 (NASB95)
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
Mark 10:9 (NASB95)
“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Jesus also explained, in Matthew 19:8, that God’s ideal for marriage is a permanent relationship. God designed marriage to be a lifelong monogamous union between a man and a woman. The marriage covenant should be kept sacred and unbroken under those conditions stated in the Bible.
- SEXUAL ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE IS ALWAYS IMMORAL
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NASB95)
“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
1 Thessalonians 4:2-4 (NASB95)
“For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,”
Even in the Apostle Paul’s recommendations, in 1 Corinthians 7, that those who are unmarried remain so, he acknowledges that “it is better to marry than to burn with passion” and that “because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.” Sex was designed by God to be enjoyed by a man and a woman within the marriage relationship.