Religious Beliefs

Statement of Faith

Based on Holy Scripture and the constant moral teaching of the universal Church:

We believe there is only one God. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit—one in three persons, yet uniquely distinct. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present and eternal. (Matthew 28:19, Isaiah 40:12-26, Isaiah 46:8-11, John 14:9)

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary, walked among men as a man, yet without sin. Jesus fulfilled His mission by suffering death on a cross as atonement for the sins of all mankind. Jesus was buried in a tomb and then rose from the grave to return to heaven. Jesus will return again to earth in all His glory to receive God’s children and judge the world. (Matthew 1:18-24, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Ephesians 1:20)

We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. He convicts men of sin and righteousness. He comforts believers, strengthens them, guides them to understand the Truth, calls all men unto Himself, and by grace through faith in God, He sanctifies every believer. (Ephesians 1:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:8, John 15:26, Romans 8:9)

We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, acting as the source of authority over our morality, our beliefs, our lifestyle and our conduct. (Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, our employees and volunteers must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

We believe, through the temptation of Satan, man fell from innocence into sin. Because of sin, all men are separated from God and are in need of a Savior. No person can save himself. It is only by the grace of God, through faith in Him and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that man can be brought back into the proper relationship with Him. Consequently, our employees and volunteers must welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who experience same-sex attractions or confess sexually immoral acts but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and conforming their behavior to our Statement of Faith. (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 10:9, Romans 10:9-13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16)

We believe God created marriage as part of His original plan for mankind (Genesis 2:18). Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. Consequently, our employees and volunteers must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2)

We believe the Holy Scriptures grant two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal “one flesh” marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy. Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them. Celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)