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The Position of WGBC Regarding Marriage, Divorce, Re-marriage, and Sexuality

We teach that marriage has been established by God as part of His common grace, and marriage does not exist for any other purpose than the one established by God (Gen. 2:18-24). We teach that marriage bears the consequences and curse of The Fall, but believers who live according to Scripture and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can experience peace, good fruit, and satisfaction prepared by God in marriage (Gen. 3:16, 1 Pet. 3:7).

We teach that Christian marriage must illustrate the love of Christ towards His Church, where the husband loves the wife as Christ loves the Church, and the wife responds to the husband as the church responds to the love and leadership of Christ (Eph. 5:18-33).

We teach that Christian marriage illustrates the relationship of Christ and His Church, therefore believers must marry those who share their faith and new life (2 Cor. 6:14).

We teach that the term "marriage" only has one meaning – a union sanctioned by God between one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union outlined in the Holy Scripture (Gen. 2:23-24).

We teach that marriage always presents itself as a public (open), formal, and officially recognized union between a man and a woman. We teach that without this kind of union (which can be understood as "common law marriage" if recognized by the appropriate legislation), extended cohabitation does not institute nor equate to marriage (John 4:18). We teach that in cases where this union was not established or cannot be determined with accuracy before the conversion of the cohabitating couple, the preservation of family unity must be a priority where possible and marriage is encouraged. We teach than in those instances where marriage was performed before coming to Christ, the family couple must remain married (1 Cor. 7:24).

We teach that God hates divorce, allowing it only in the case where unrepentant sexual sin is present (Mal. 2:14-16, Matt. 5:32, 19:9) or in the case that the unbelieving member leaves (1 Cor. 7:12-15). We teach that re-marriage is permissible only with another believer and only under the condition that divorce was biblically justified.

We teach that God created sexual intimacy only to be enjoyed between a man and a woman who are married to one another. We teach that God commands abstinence from any sexual intimacy outside of marriage (Heb. 13:4).

We teach that any form of sexual immorality, such as fornication, homosexuality, bisexualism, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, pornography, change of gender, or rejection of own biological gender is vile to God (Lev. 18:1-30, Matt. 5:28, Rom. 1:26-29, 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9, 1 Thess. 4:1-8).

We teach that homosexuality is a personal choice and is not hereditary. A homosexual manner of life is a result of an ungrateful rejection of God as Lord and Ruler of life (Rom. 1:18-28).

We teach that every person is worthy of compassion, love, kindness, respect and honor. Expression of hatred and insults in the address of any person must be judged and suppressed as that which is unfitting to the spirit of Scripture and the doctrines of the church. We teach that a true proclamation of Scripture, including the call to repentance, is not an act of hatred nor is it intended to be insulting or degrading, but is rather the fundamental aspect of a loving mission for a dying world (Matt. 28:16-20, 2 Cor. 5:11-20, 1 Tim. 1:5, 2 Tim. 4:1-2).

We teach that God offers redemption and forgiveness to those who confess and forsake their sin, including sexual sin, by means of searching out His mercy through Jesus Christ. We teach that His forgiveness is full and comprehensive (Ps. 104:11-12, 131:3-4, Is. 43:25, 44:22, John 5:24, Col. 2:13-14). God imputes the full righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21) to those who believe. We teach that the forgiven sinner is cleansed from all guilt and is set apart for God and is sanctified and justified before Him (1 Cor. 6:9-11). We teach that any man or woman who has received forgiveness is "in Christ" and is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).

Worship Service Schedule

Worship Service (in Russian):
Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am

Worship Service (in English):
Sunday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Youth Service (in English):
Sunday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bible Hour (in Russian):
Wednesday: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Family Service (in Russian):
See the Event Calendar

Home Groups:
Friday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location

Word of Grace Bible Church
1317 NW 12th Ave
Battle Ground, WA 98604

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Phone: (360) 687-3962
E-mail: church@slovo.org