STATEMENT OF BIBLICAL STANDARDS

Certain sins have become acceptable in our society and are clear violations of Scripture. In the spirit of I Corinthians 6:9-11, we as a church recognize that some in the church may have participated in these sins.  When a person is born again, God forgives all sin. This is not an exhaustive list. our purpose is to promote Biblical standards in these areas where society has drifted away from its Biblical roots.

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of First Baptist Church of Paradise as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to its members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by First Baptist Church of Paradise in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Biblical Standards and the entire Official Statement of Faith (Matt 5:16,; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5;22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of First Baptist Church of Paradise. However, preaching and teaching God's Truth as revealed in Scripture is not hateful or harassing of any person.

RIGHT TO LIFE. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified taking of a human life and is murder (Genesis 9:6; Psalm 139: 14-16; Proverbs 6:16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:35:44).

MARRIAGE, GENDER AND SEXUALITY.  We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 2:18-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19: 4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; 1 Cor. 6-9-10, 15-0; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7). We believe that the cohabitation of unrelated persons of the opposite sex in a marriage-like relationship, without the marriage bond, is contrary to the teaching of Scripture. (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, polygamy, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). We believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other that one's birth gender is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5). We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. 

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE. We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one spouse dies. We believe that the New Testament allows for divorce and remarriage on grounds of fornication or desertion. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew :31-32; 19:3-10; Romans 7: 1-3; 1 corinthians 7:15; 1 Timothy 5:8).

ABUSE OF ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES AND BEHAVIORS. We believe that participation in addictive behaviors and the abuse of addictive substances in not only destructive but also hinders our ability to be controlled by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ehesians 5:17).



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