Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Our Report Ministries & Publications will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors/ministers/clergy and staff of this Ministry shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and all property of Our Report Ministries & Publications shall ONLY host weddings between one man and one woman.
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. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex 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. (Gen 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 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 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. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Romans 1:17-32.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Our Report Ministries & Publications as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Ministry members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Our Report Ministries & Publications in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who repent, confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ and being born again by the Spirit. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 8:1:1; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
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 Our Report Ministries & Publications.