EFCA Statement of Faith Current Issues: My Thoughts on Social Issues.

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Current Issues

            Believing in Jesus Christ and trusting in Him for ultimate salvation has a deep effect on all areas of our lives (Tit. 2:11-14). Christianity is not simply a compartment in the life of a believer, but influences each sphere of life (Eph. 2:8-10). Moreover, Scripture is to inform the believer as they navigate through various moral matters  (2 Tim. 3:16-17).Image

Sanctity of Marriage

Marriage is an institutional covenant relationship between one man and one woman that is held accountable by God Himself (Gen. 2:23-25; Prov. 18:22; Heb. 13:4). Marriage reflects God’s covenantal love and commitment to His people as ultimately seen with Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:24-33). Therefore, in the same way God does not forsake His people (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5), so too the husband should continually pursue, love, and commit to his wife no matter the circumstance (Hos. 3:1-5; 1 Pet. 3:7). Even in the face of sin, betrayal, or adultery, marital reconciliation should be sought so as to magnify God’s commitment and love for us through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:31-39).

Gender Distinction and Roles

Moreover, God reserves the right to define who we are as people, including our gender roles and sexuality (Is. 14:24). Men and women are equal in essence (1 Pet. 3:7), but different in function. Whether in the marriage relationship or in church roles, men and women carry different but equally important roles. Men are to be overseers of the church (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9), the heads of their respective households (Gen. 3:9; Eph. 5:23; Col. 3:18-19), and therefore active, responsible, and godly leaders. Women are to be gentle (1 Pet. 3:4), submissive to their respective husbands (Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; Tit. 2:3-5), and thus be supportive, tender, and faithful women who seek after God’s own heart (1 Pet. 3:4-6). Whether man or woman, all are to submit to the Lordship of Christ (Ps. 22:28; Col. 3:11).

Sexual Perversion

God has also created us as sexual beings (Gen. 1:28; Prov. 5:19), but that is not limited to mere sexual relationship (Gen. 1:27). Perversions to sexuality such as practicing homosexuality, extra-marital relationships, child abuse, masturbation, and even lust not “acted” upon are sinful and acts of rebellion against God’s design of true sexuality (Lev. 18:20; Matt. 5:28; 1 Cor. 5:9, 6:9-10, 6:18; Eph. 5:5; 1 Tim. 1:10-11; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 21:8).

Sanctity of Life

Faith in Christ also necessitates Christians to look after the poor and helpless (Gal. 2:10, Jam. 1:27), including the unborn child in the womb. God is active in forming new life at the moment of conception (Ps. 139:14-16; Lk. 1:44). Therefore, to abort an unborn child is to murder an innocent life (Ex. 23:7). God alone reserves the right to give and take life (Deut. 32:39). Not only is aborting an unborn child murder, but it is also a complete failure to look after the helpless.

Personal Standards

Finally, as a teacher I know that I will be held to a higher standard (Jam. 3:1). Therefore it is vital that I maintain consistent, personal devotions through prayer and studying Scripture (Ps. 51:12-13; 2 Tim. 2:15). If I am not feasting on the Word of God, then I will only be giving my flock that which I do not have myself. Moreover, it is vital that I strive to keep my head, heart, eyes, and hands free from moral impurity and financial misconduct so as to not sin against God and lose ministerial credibility (Ps. 119:37). This is done through consistent devotions (Ps. 19:7-10), accountability from my wife and older, mature men (Prov. 15:22; 27:17), and grace-empowered repentance and confession (1 John 1:8-9). Finally, as a minister of the gospel, it is absolutely necessary that I lead my home in godliness as priority over any church congregation or member. If church ministry comes before family, then I am committing the sin of idolatry and unbelief (1 Tim. 3:5).

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