Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

Biblical teachings on this important topic
image We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the Rolla church of Christ as the local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Rolla church of Christ members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Rolla church of Christ in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who hear God's Word, believe in God and Jesus Christ as his one and only son, repent of their sins, publicly confess Jesus Christ as God's son, are baptized by immersion in water, and continue to follow the teachings of the New Testament (Romans 10:14, 17, John 8:24, 1 John 5:13, Luke 13:3, Romans 8:13, Romans 10:9-10, Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:4, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 John 1:6-7, 1 John 2:6, 3 John 4).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Rolla church of Christ.