Gender Roles in Ministry
Faith Bible Presbyterian Church values the worth and dignity of all persons without distinction as created in God’s image. We affirm the priesthood of all believers and the responsibility of every Christian man and woman to take an active role in edifying the church. For that purpose, the Holy Spirit distributes ministry gifts to believers without distinction of any kind. That reality imposes the responsibility on every believer to fulfill ministry consistent with God’s grace (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9; Rev. 1:6; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4:11-13; Eph. 4:7-13; 1 Cor. 12; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
Faith Bible Presbyterian Church distinguishes between ministry function and church office. While upholding the necessity of mutual respect and affirmation as those subject to the Word of God, we understand that the biblical office of elder/pastor in the early church was gender specific. Therefore, it maintains that it is consistent with that understanding of Scripture that those church offices should be limited to the male gender (Eph. 5:17-21; 1 Tim. 2:12; 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female. These two very 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.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in the Holy Bible (Gen. 2:18 – 25; Matt. 19:4-6). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who have entered into the bonds of holy matrimony (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
For additional detail on our statement regarding our position on marriage please refer to the Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 24.
We Believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fortification, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Faith Bible Presbyterian Church as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Faith Bible Presbyterian Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Faith Bible Presbyterian Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).
We believe that God Almighty offers redemption and restoration to all who genuinely confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through His one and only begotten Son the Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; John 3:16).
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 Faith Bible Presbyterian Church.
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Faith Bible Presbyterian Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the ordained minister(s) and staff of Faith Bible Presbyterian Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman.
The Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps. 139).