The personhood and sexuality of mankind are grounded in and defined for us in the Word of God. Genesis 1:27 says that man and woman are made in the image of God. That means, mankind‟s souls, bodies, reason, will and goodness are like God. Yet, at the same time we are unlike God, for He is our Creator and infinite example of these qualities. While we are made in the image of God, our sexuality does not define our standing before God. One‟s gender (male or female), does not determine the amount of love, grace, forgiveness and acceptance of God in one‟s life. The defining characteristic of God‟s love, grace, forgiveness and acceptance of humankind is whether or not they have accepted by faith the redemptive work of God‟s Son Jesus Christ. It is on His (Jesus‟) life and work, humanity is accepted by God, not gender.
Our sexuality is an attribute of human nature that God gave to us. Psalm 139 speaks of God‟s knowledge and formation of each human. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you were born I consecrated you…” One‟s sexuality did not happen by chance, it was designed that way by God.
It was because of sin (Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 1:18-32, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12-14) that human sexuality and sexual relationships were altered and sinfully abused. Pre-marital sex, promiscuous behavior and adulterous lifestyles are a result of sin and damage the design and covenant of marriage. The results of sin have also lead to the practice of pedophilia, prostitution, pornography, cross-dressing, medically altering the body to change sexes, and practicing behaviors characteristic of the opposite sex. All these things are sinful violations of God‟s Word and design for our bodies and personhood.
However, sexual desire and relationships are rightfully fulfilled only within the union of a man and a woman in matrimony. All sexual relationships outside of the marriage covenant are condemned in Scripture by God and never appropriate (Matt. 5:27-29, Galatians 5:19). Sexual intimacy is a blessing from God when enjoyed within the boundaries set forth in God‟s Word.
Along with the Biblical teaching on sexual intimacy within a heterosexual marriage are the specific instructions that prohibit homosexual conduct. Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 reads, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; that is an abomination.” Homosexual conduct is declared by God to be an abomination because it is out of harmony with the purpose for which God created human begins. Homosexual conduct gives evidence of the universal rejection of God‟s supreme glory and authority and like all forms of sexual behavior that violates God‟s original design, it is sin. Romans 1:25-27 reads, “because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” The New Testament further states, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” ( 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
With God’s Word being our (Cornerstone Bible Church) standard of moral righteousness on human sexuality and sexual behavior as outlined above and furthermore in Scripture, we (Cornerstone Bible Church) will not welcome into our membership those who practice any sexual behavior that violates God‟s Holy Word and His design for marriage. This includes, but is not limited to homosexuality. Similarly, because homosexual conduct is declared by God as sin; any current member who practices homosexuality who is confronted by a church member for the purposes of repentance and continues in that habitual sin will be subject to the process of church discipline as outlined in our church‟s constitution.
Human sexuality and sexual behavior is very important to God. Both male and female are created by God, in the image of God, reflecting characteristics of our Creator. He has graciously outlined for us in His Word the way in which we are to express and enjoy our human sexuality and sexual behavior. And He desires that all men and women enjoy the freedoms they have in Christ within the boundaries set forth in Scripture. We grieve with those who are in slavery to the corruption of sexual sin and want to offer hope that can only be found in our Savior Jesus Christ. As with all sin, Christ offers forgiveness to all who repent and place their faith in Christ alone. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin He (Jesus Christ) is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is on the basis of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ that we are liberated from the bondage of all sin and can live life to the fullest.