What We Believe
Is it possible to have compassion on a sinner without condoning their sin? Yes!
No man stood more strongly against sin than Jesus Christ who died to conquer sin, yet He showed grace and compassion on the sinners He encountered (Luke 7:36-50). God demonstrated His love toward us while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8-10), yet His love did not excuse our sin (Romans 8:3).
At the risk of being misunderstood by fellow believers, we are thrilled—actually beyond thrilled—to follow Jesus in His kind, gentle, patient treatment of men and women who, by virtue of their spiritual battles, are deemed hopeless. There is no excuse for any sin, including the sin of withholding grace from other sinners.
Some people have used our gracious approach toward the gay community as an opportunity to accuse us of teaching false doctrine, going soft on sin, or preaching acceptance of sin. We categorically reject these false accusations.
Here is a brief overview of the pertinent things we teach.
- That God instituted marriage between one man with one woman for one lifetime as a picture of His Son with His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:31-33; See also, Marriage: It’s Not What You May Think).
- That, as the One Who designed marriage, only God has the authority to define marriage.
- That marriage is a holy covenant before God, not a paper contract governed by the state (Matthew 19:6).
- That our words are important—therefore, Satan uses the culture around us to redefine our terminology (such as sex, marriage, gender, etc) and thereby subvert God’s design for marriage and family (Proverbs 18:21).
- That God designed sexual intimacy for a purpose within His holy covenant (Hebrews 13:4).
- That any sexual intimacy expressed outside of that holy covenant is called fornication and thereby forbidden (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3).
- That all wickedness (including all sexual sin and every thought of wickedness) is an abomination before a holy God (Proverbs 8:7, 15:8-9, 15:26; 16:12).
- That there is no excuse for any sin (Romans 1:18-21; See also, Chapter 10: “Reason Is No Excuse” in our book Born That Way After All).
- That we must stand boldly on the truth of God’s Word and call sin what it is: sin.
- That different sins result in different consequences in judgment—not every sin is equal (Mark 6:11).
- That all have sinned, but God’s grace reaches farther than any sin could ever go (Romans 3:23; 5:12,20).
- That whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:10-13).
- That genuine salvation will result in a new spirit: all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- That, prior to salvation, every believer was an enemy of God, yet He loved His enemies enough to reconcile us through the death of His Son (Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:21).
- That we must, in turn, demonstrate the goodness, forbearance, and long suffering of God toward His enemies so that, through exalting Christ, He can draw all men to Himself (Colossians 3:12-14; Romans 2:4; John 12:32; 1 Corinthians 1:18).
A full doctrinal statement can be acquired by contacting us. This list serves only to dispel false accusations currently leveled against us.