Marriage and Human Sexuality | First Presbyterian Church
As a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination, we adhere to the views of the EPC on marriage, which can be found in the EPC Book of Worship, pages 126-7.
Below is a summary, with scripture proofs, of our beliefs as a church concerning marriage and human sexuality, which is identical to the denominational position paper on the same topic.
What We Believe About Marriage and Human Sexuality
We at FPC believe, based on the teaching of the Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is an institution ordained by God, and intended as a lifelong union of one man and one woman. Our belief is supported by the account of creation in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Genesis 1:26-28 provides that God created man in His own image, both male and female. This passage also provides that a unity of one man and one woman is necessary to fully represent the image of God in mankind. The complementary, relational nature of the human race as “male and female” reflects the created order given by God when He created human beings “in His image” (Gen. 1:26-27; 5:1, 3; 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; James. 3:9, cf. Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24; Col. 3:10).
Additionally, Genesis Chapter 2 provides a detailed account of God creating a woman, from a part of the first man, to be a “suitable helper” for man. This section of Genesis details that God brought all the animals to man, but none of them were a “suitable helper”, so God created the first woman. God did not create a second man to be Adam’s helper, or an assortment of women, but rather one woman. Together they were man and wife and had “no shame” or sin in their union with each other. (Genesis 2: 15-25)
Jesus Christ himself reaffirms this teaching when He said, as recorded in Matthew 19:4-6, “Haven’t you read, he replied, that at the beginning the creator made them male and female and said for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate”.
The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 5:22-32 that marriage is not merely a human institution, but is a special divine metaphor that is supposed to illustrate the union of Jesus Christ and the church…His church. For this reason also, only a union between a man and a woman can be a proper marriage because a union between two men, two women, or one man and multiple women or any collection of people could not properly illustrate the relationship between Christ and His church.
The Bible, in both the Old Testament and New Testament clearly condemns all forms of sexual immorality. The Bible simply defines sexual immorality as any sexual act committed outside the union of marriage between one man and one woman. This includes adultery and/or fornication (a sexual relationship outside of marriage), pornography, pedophilia, polyamory, polygamy, bestiality, or homosexual unions.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 makes it clear that it is not only sinful to engage in homosexual unions, but also to approve of such sins in others or encourage their practice. As a result, in order to maintain our consistent Christian witness, we cannot sanction, approve, or promote in any way adultery, fornication, pornography, pedophilia, bestiality, polygamy, polyamory or homosexual unions.
As a result of the these religious beliefs and our belief in the need for a practice of fidelity to these beliefs, FPC may not be used for any ceremony that in any way approves of, solemnizes, supports or allows a same-sex marriage.