STATEMENT OF FAITH
The sole authority for faith and practice in Going for Jesus Ministries and its affiliates is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We commit ourselves to make decisions about membership, personnel and other matters consistent with the biblical passages and principles expressed in this statement.
HUMAN SEXUALITY AND GENDER
This local church affirms God’s original design to create two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female, to glorify Him. (Gen. 1:27; Isa. 43:7; Matt. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:6). Marriage is the first divine institution, essentially rooted in the created order, uniting one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant relationship intended for their joint lifetime, for their good and for the good of any children who may be conceived and born into this union. (Gen. 1:28, 2:19-24; Malachi 2:13-16; Mark 10:11-12) The assignment of biological sex at birth is a gift of God and part of God’s glory in creation. The Fall of Man into sin and God’s subsequent curse have introduced brokenness and futility into God’s good creation (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 8:20). We extend love and compassion to those whose experience of this brokenness includes a perceived conflict between their biological sex and their gender identity (Rom. 8:22-23). We affirm God’s good design that gender identity should be determined by biological sex and not by one’s self-perception—a perception which is often influenced by fallen human nature in ways contrary to God’s design. (Eph. 4:17-18) We believe that efforts to live contrary to birth sex, whether by behavior, attire, cosmetics, or even medical or surgical therapy, are resisting or rebelling against the gift of God and a central dimension of His will for that person, and therefore such behavior is sinful. We oppose efforts to alter one’s bodily identity (e.g., cross-sex hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery) to bring it into line with one’s perceived gender identity. We love our transgender neighbors, seek their good always, welcome them into our congregations as they repent and believe in Christ, and spur them on to love and good deeds in the name of Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20; Gal. 5:14; Heb. 10:24). We continue to oppose steadfastly all efforts by any court, or legislature or policymaker to validate transgender identity as morally good, right or praiseworthy (Isa. 5:20). We commit ourselves to make decisions about membership, personnel and other church matters based on this biblical perspective of human sexuality.
MARRIAGE AND CIVIL UNIONS
We believe that Marriage is the first divine institution, essentially rooted in the created order, uniting one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant relationship intended for their joint lifetime, for their good and for the good of any children who may be conceived and born into this union. (Gen. 1:28, 2:19-24; Malachi 2:13-16; Mark 10:11-12)
This local church affirms the biblical precept that marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the best biblical model experience provides children both a mother and a father in a loving family unit. Re-defining marriage to fit popular norms rejects these truths. By encouraging the norms of true marriage—man-woman monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and promotes human flourishing, including the well-being of children.
Christian marriage is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church, as illustrated by the wedding of a Christian man and woman in this exclusive and permanent covenant relationship. As such, this local Church believes that Christian wedding ceremonies performed on Church property or if a pastor is invited to perform a ceremony at a different venue they are spiritual observances of worship of God who created this divine institution. Worship services and weddings on Church property shall be officiated by one or more ministers of the gospel approved by the pastor.
The Church may decline to make its facilities or ministers available for any wedding if it is determined that one or both of the parties are not biblically qualified to marry. Such determinations may be made by the pastor, church elders, or wedding committee, etc., subject to the direction of the Church.
The Church may also decline to participate in or recognize in any manner any marriage, so-called marriage, civil union, commitment ceremony or other activity which may directly or indirectly affirm, approve or communicate behavior or beliefs which are contrary to the Church’s beliefs about biblical morality. Such actions would violate the religious conscience of this Body and its members. We must obey God, who is Lord of our conscience.
No minister or employee of the Church shall officiate at any marriage or similar ceremony unless such event or ceremony is consistent with this policy. No minister or employee of the Church shall officiate at any civil union or commitment ceremony that is not approved by the Church as being consistent with this policy.
FACILITIES USE POLICY
All real property facilities of GOING FOR JESUS MINISTRIES and its affiliates (collectively, the "Church Facilities"), including without limitation its sanctuary auditorium, fellowship hall, gymnasium, educational facilities, conference rooms and other meeting rooms or facilities used for the mission of the Church, wherever located,
(1) when used by the Church, its ministers, officers, staff or employees or its congregation members or Church attendees, and
(2) if used by other persons or groups with the permission of the Church or the ministerial or administrative staff of the Church,
shall be used solely for purposes consistent or compatible with the mission, faith and doctrine of the Church, as defined in its Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws, or in Statements of Faith adopted by the local Church from time to time, it being acknowledged and understood that the Church Facilities are intended not to be facilities of “public accommodation” as defined by law, but are facilities owned by the Church, a Texas Non-Profit Corporation, dedicated solely for such permitted uses.
The Church’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of Church members. The Church desires that its facilities be used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and always to God’s glory. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, we do on occasion make our facilities available to non-members, both individuals and groups, after approval by the Church consistent with this policy.
Facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs, or advancing, advocating, or engaging in practices that conflict with the Church’s faith or moral teachings, which are summarized in, among other places, the Church’s Bylaws and other policies or statements of faith adopted by the Church. Nor may facilities be used for activities that express viewpoints that contradict, or are deemed by the pastor to be inconsistent or incompatible with the Church’s faith or moral teachings. The Church designates the pastor as its final decision-maker on whether a person or group is allowed to use Church facilities for particular activities.
This restricted facility use policy is necessary for two important reasons. First, the Church may not in good conscience materially cooperate or participate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the Church’s beliefs would be viewed by some as material cooperation with that activity and complicity in that viewpoint, and would be a grave violation of the faith and religious practice of the Body and its individual members (2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Second, it is very important to the Church that it presents a consistent message to the community, which the Church staff and members conscientiously maintain as part of their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To allow facilities to be used by groups or persons who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the Church’s faith would have a severe negative impact on the message that the Church strives to promote. It could also be a source of confusion and scandal to Church members and the community because they may reasonably perceive that by allowing use of the facilities, the Church is in agreement with the beliefs or practices of the persons or groups using Church facilities.
Therefore, in no event shall persons or groups who hold, advance, or advocate beliefs, or advance, advocate, or engage in practices that contradict the Church’s faith use any Church facility. Nor may facilities be used in any way that contradicts the Church’s faith (Colossians 3:17).
The foregoing policy shall apply to any ceremony or activity, whether or not recognized by law, involving persons of the same birth gender or transsexual persons, including a civil union, commitment ceremony, or so-called same-sex marriage.
This Policy was adopted by the Board of Directors for GOING FOR JESUS MINISTRIES and its affiliates.
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