Marriage and Sexuality
Compass Community Church Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
COMPASS COMMUNITY CHURCH endeavors to faithfully interpret and live by the Holy Bible which we believe to be inerrant and infallible. It is God’s “instruction manual” for all followers of Jesus Christ, including all staff and employees, lay leaders, and members of COMPASS COMMUNITY CHURCH. The Bible is the authority under which we make all ministry operating decisions and all church conduct and policies must be consistent with scripture. Our church, its ministers, employees, members, and its properties exist only to serve and be used for biblical principles and shall not be used for purposes in contravention of the Holy Scriptures including but not limited to performing homosexual marriages.
We believe Scripture teaches that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
We believe Scripture teaches that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. 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 Scripture teaches that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God. Consequently, we will not perform marriages other than between one man and one woman, nor will we recognize as valid a plural or homosexual marriage whether approved by another church, state government, or the Federal government. We at COMPASS COMMUNITY CHURCH view each person’s God given gender based on what is shown on an individual’s birth certificate.
We believe Scripture teaches that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and turn away from their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. This biblical principle applies to sexual sin as it does to any other sin from which a person truly repents as defined by Scripture.
We believe Scripture teaches that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, and above all, because it is commanded by God through Scripture, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, or those who seek membership must agree to and abide by this statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
We believe Scripture teaches that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrines of the church.
Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Based on our understanding of Biblical teachings we affirm the following:
- Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18).
- Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14). These distinctions are to be viewed as a blessing that is intended to bring unity, rather than division.
- Adam’s servant leadership in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9).
- The Fall (the entrance of sin into all human hearts) introduced distortions into the relationships between men and women (Gen 3:1-7, 12, 16).
- In the home, the husband’s loving, humble servant leadership tends to be replaced by domination or passivity; the wife’s intelligent, joyous following tends to be replaced by usurpation or servility.
- In the church, sin inclines men toward a worldly love of power or an abdication of spiritual responsibility, and inclines women to resist limitations on their roles or to neglect the use of their gifts in appropriate ministries.
- The Old and New Testaments both manifest the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28). Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male servant leadership in the family and in the covenant community (Gen 2:18; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Tim 2:11-15).
- The distortions of these relationships introduced by the presence of sin in the human heart should be removed when Christ’s Spirit takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.
- In the family, husbands should forsake harsh or selfish leadership and grow in love, sacrifice and care for their wives; wives should forsake resistance to their husbands’ servant leadership and grow in willing, joyful submission to their husbands’ leadership (Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; Tit 2:3-5; 1 Pet 3:1-7).
- In the church, redemption in Christ gives men and women an equal share in the blessings of salvation; nevertheless, some governing and teaching roles within the church are restricted to men (Gal 3:28; 1 Cor 11:2-16; 1 Tim 2:11-15). That said, there is no spiritual gift which is unique to either gender. Scripture is clear that the spiritual gifts are not restricted by gender.
- In all of life, Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission – domestic, religious, or civil – ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19- 20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2).
- In both men and women, a heartfelt sense of call to ministry should never be used to set aside Biblical criteria for particular ministries (1 Tim 2:11-15, 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-9). Rather, Biblical teaching should remain the authority for testing our subjective discernment of God’s will.
- With half the world’s population outside the reach of indigenous evangelism; with countless other lost people in those societies that have heard the gospel; with the stresses and miseries of sickness, malnutrition, homelessness, illiteracy, ignorance, aging, addiction, crime, incarceration, neuroses, and loneliness, no man or woman who feels a passion from God to make His grace known in word and deed need ever live without a fulfilling ministry for the glory of Christ and the good of this fallen world (1 Cor 12:7-21).
- We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.