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FAITH CHURCH STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE [Evangelical Presbyterian Stays With Scripture]
Faith Presbyterian Church ^ | 5/15/13

Posted on 06/28/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The Faith Church Statement on Marriage*
A Declaration of Christian Conscience and Conviction

Definition

As the creator and author of marriage, God alone has the authority to define it. This He did in the second chapter of Genesis where God, having created both groom and bride, brought them together personally (2:22) and a benediction was pronounced over the couple; Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh (2:24, ESV; see also Mt. 19:4-5). For this reason, Christian believers do now hold and have always held that marriage is between one man and one woman; that it is sealed by the exchange of covenant vows; and that it is intended for the whole of natural life, until death.

On the Interpretation of Scripture

We Christian believers regard the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired and infallible authority under which we live. We regard the clarity of Scripture to be sufficient for us to interpret the Bible accurately on matters of both faith and practice, using straightforward grammatical and historical principles. For this reason, we reject all attempts to obscure or reread Biblical passages which abundantly state the parameters of human sexuality. Sexual relations are to be enjoyed as a gift, and exclusively, between a married man and his own wife alone (Exodus 20:14; Hebrews 13:4). Any alternate readings of Scripture that intentionally or unintentionally obscure this foundational Biblical presupposition are to be rejected.

On Sin and Grace

While it is true that Christians are called to hate transgression and iniquity, we find the sin within our own hearts and not the sin of our neighbors to be the most egregious of all. We lament and repent of our own sin first; be it in thought, word, or deed. We welcome those of all races, genders, ethnicities, and sexual inclinations to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and to worship in our churches. We sympathize with all who struggle in temptation, and exhort them to pursue the obedience of faith and embrace the new life given to the Redeemed by the Holy Spirit. Accordingly, we continue to reject any and every sin that degrades Gods glorious creation of marriage, including: adultery, fornication, rape, incest, homosexuality, polygamy, lust, pornography, coercive abstinence while in the state of marriage, and all forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Christians are called to love and not hate our enemies and those who persecute us (Matt 5:44). Thus, we utterly disregard any attempt to mischaracterize our convictions on the above matters as hate speech, for to tell the truth on these matters is indeed a most loving and gracious act.

On Human Laws and Ordinances

Moreover, mankind can pass no law that redefines marriage any more than mortals can pass a law that declares the light of the sun to be dark, or the gravity of the earth to be ceased. Though various laws may be passed by the agency of human pen and ink; or judgments rendered from human courts (higher or lower); yet human beings have not the prerogative, now or ever, to alter, change, or redefine marriage.

On Civil Disobedience

Finally, then, we the undersigned stand firm in our convictions on these matters and refuse to take any such actions as would compel us to violate either Scripture or conscience–even if so compelled by civil law. Amen.

*The bulk of this document was produced by Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brooksville, Fl. It was amended and adopted by the Session of Faith Presbyterian Church (EPC), Pembroke Pines, FL, on May 15, 2013



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexuality; religion; truth
This individual church's statement seems to vary only a bit from their denomination's OFFICIAL statement...it appears they added the "Civil Disobedience" clause.

http://www.epc.org/about-the-epc/position-papers/sanctity-of-marriage/

1 posted on 06/28/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
Such an important issue to this church, it takes up an entire page separate from their other beliefs.

God bless them.

2 posted on 06/28/2014 7:11:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Bless this congregation and others like that take a stand for God and His Word.
There is a judgment and the denomination will have a price to pay.
Freegards
LEX


3 posted on 06/28/2014 7:14:26 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: SoFloFreeper

Wow...that is not far from me.

If i were not already committed to the ministry in another church, i would definitely consider that one.


4 posted on 06/28/2014 7:15:47 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Not far from me either, Dade City checking in.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 7:16:22 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: SoFloFreeper

What is a “Faith Presbyterian Church”?


6 posted on 06/28/2014 7:16:49 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad

Just the proper name of the congregation.


7 posted on 06/28/2014 7:23:50 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thanks.


8 posted on 06/28/2014 7:24:45 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: George from New England

I bet we have a lot of FReepers in So FL.

I am a little further north and east, PBC line.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 7:26:07 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

There is a Faith Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA that subscribes to the same...


10 posted on 06/28/2014 7:29:42 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: johniegrad
What is a “Faith Presbyterian Church”?

The opposite of a “Works Presbyterian Church,” perhaps?

Yes, he is kidding. That would make as much sense as a St. Ignatius Lutheran Church, or a Thomas More Episcopal Church.

11 posted on 06/28/2014 7:44:00 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sadly, if any of their members are bakers or photographers, the homosexual activists will be showing up at their places of business on Monday, demanding they shoot gay wedding photos or make a gay wedding cake.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 7:51:46 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: chajin
That would make as much sense as a St. Ignatius Lutheran Church

Lutherans have no quarrel with +Ignatius of Antioch and Commemorate him on his traditional Western feast day of October 17.

13 posted on 06/28/2014 8:01:59 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

http://www.jsonline.com/news/religion/oostburg-congregation-okd-to-leave-presbyterian-church-but-at-a-price-b99279594z1-261186091.html


14 posted on 06/28/2014 8:06:50 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Is the GOP actually TRYING to lose in 2014 and 2016?)
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To: chajin

So they have an indy spirit. So sue them.


15 posted on 06/28/2014 8:10:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: johniegrad

I believe it is an association of former PC(USA) churches that rejected the PC(USA) heresy regarding Biblical marriage; amongst other issues.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 8:19:49 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

The question remains. . .where does their money go? A piece of paper is meaningless unless they vote with their pocketbook not to financially support anti-God practices.


17 posted on 06/28/2014 8:24:40 PM PDT by Maudeen ("End Times Warrior - Just a Sinner Saved by Grace")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thank you God for churches like this that walk in your ways.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 8:31:38 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Faith Presbyterian is just one local congregation, and is representative of its parent denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The EPC is the second largest conservative Presbyterian denomination after the larger Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and ahead of the smaller Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). All three pulled away from the PCUSA (then PCUS) when the original body became heretical.


19 posted on 06/28/2014 8:31:42 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

The OPC is the oldest of the 3, being formed by men of faith who saw early on that the main Presbyterian body was going down the wrong road.

http://www.opc.org/historian.html


20 posted on 06/28/2014 9:38:56 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX; Always A Marine

What separates the EPC, OPC, and PCA? Why haven’t they merged?


21 posted on 06/28/2014 9:48:53 PM PDT by kalee
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To: kalee

As I understand it (and I’m not that up on EPC rules) the EPC allows women elders and pastors and the possibility of speaking in tongues. Neither the PCA nor the OPC go for that.

The OPC and PCA have discussed merging over the years, but the OPC is wary of being swallowed up by the larger denomination. Also, the OPC tends to be the more conservative of the two and likes to preserve its heritage. The founding of the OPC was due in large part to some courageous men who stood up for the truth back in 1936 and lost everything in doing so.

The PCA was founded around 1973, I believe, and many of the churches that left the liberal Presbyterian denomination are in the south. They were alarmed at the merging of two large Presbyterian groups that were becoming more and more liberal and political. There was a cultural, as well as a theological, basis to the orgins of the PCA.

Having been a member in OPC and PCA churches over the years, it seems to me that the OPC tends to be the most conservative, especially in worship style. Both denominations are Calvinistic in doctrine and uphold the doctrines of the sovereignty of God and the inerrancy of Scripture.


22 posted on 06/28/2014 10:02:38 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Thank you for your reply. Those of us who have left the Episcopal Church are in a similar situation.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 10:07:00 PM PDT by kalee
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To: kalee

I thought I had heard of a group that had broken away from the main Episcopal Church and formed a conservative denomination. Is that the case?


24 posted on 06/28/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: kalee

The non-PCUSA Presbyterian denominations differ on the ordination of women. The PCA (my denomination) only ordains men as pastors (teaching elders), ruling elders and deacons (as does the much smaller OPC), while the EPC allows the ordination of women as ruling elders and deacons if elected by local congregations.


25 posted on 06/28/2014 10:27:54 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

Tbank you for the explanation.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 10:35:45 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Always A Marine

Tbank you for the explanation.


27 posted on 06/28/2014 10:35:52 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Pining_4_TX

Good explanation, and accurate. My own PCA church and its presbytery are very conservative and we have maintained traditional worship services. As a whole, I would agree that OPC is slightly more conservative from stem to stern, but it’s less than one-sixth the PCA’s size and therefore not always an option. I know many discerning people who have happily belonged to both in the course of their career relocations. PCA is the endorsing agency for OPC and ARP military chaplains in addition to our own.


28 posted on 06/28/2014 10:47:26 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Pining_4_TX

There are some former Episcopal churches that are now Anglican churches.


29 posted on 06/29/2014 3:37:39 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Pining_4_TX

I mean the pastor and membership - the Episcopal hierarchy gets the old building and such - the pastor and membership has to find a new building.


30 posted on 06/29/2014 3:40:43 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: lightman
Lutherans have no quarrel with Ignatius of Antioch and Commemorate him on his traditional Western feast day of October 17.

I had forgotten about him; he is one of the few martyrs to have died in the Colosseum by being thrown to the lions.

31 posted on 06/29/2014 4:33:19 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin
I had forgotten about him; he is one of the few martyrs to have died in the Colosseum by being thrown to the lions.

Aye, along that final journey the hieromartyr courageously wrote "let me be fodder for the wild beasts, that I may become a pure loaf for Christ".

32 posted on 06/29/2014 10:49:58 AM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Always A Marine

Amen, brother! (or sister, as the case may be) :-)


33 posted on 07/03/2014 1:39:41 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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