Core Value 5: Marriage and Sexuality

God created mankind male and female, and ordained marriage as a life-long union between a natural man and a natural woman (Genesis 2:18–25).

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

  • Therefore we affirm that husband and wife are no longer two but one and that God intends marriage to last as long as both partners are alive (Matthew 19:4–6). We affirm that there are certain circumstances in which Scripture permits divorce (Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:10–16); nevertheless, divorce always grieves the Lord and hurts those involved (Malachi 2:16).
  • We deny that marriage is merely a negotiated contract which may be terminated at will. We deny that divorce is permissible for any cause not permitted in Scripture.

MARRIAGE AND SEXUAL PURITY

  • We further affirm that marriage is by nature heterosexual (Genesis 2:24), and that any expression of sexual intimacy is holy only in the covenant of marriage (Exodus 20:14; Hebrews 13:4).
  • We deny the legitimacy and permissibility of homosexuality, lesbianism, fornication, adultery, pornography, paedophilia, bestiality, prostitution, incest and other forms of sexual perversion (Romans 1:24–27).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What elements in the opening statement are most significant?
  2. What does this value say about divorce? What does it not say?
  3. What does this value say about homosexuality? How does it counter modern arguments for homosexuality?
  4. How does this value confront modern dating practices?

THE CORE VALUES OF SOLA 5