A Church Statement on Human Sexuality

A new resource for EFCA pastors and churches has been written by the EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee. The statement focuses particularly on the subject of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage."

May 22, 2013

The EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee has written a Statement that will be an excellent resource for pastors and churches as they think through and write policies on this moral issue of the day. The Resource on Homosexuality and Same-Sex "Marriage" document begins:

"Never have the sexual ethics of our culture been more confused and contorted. The need for a clear voice from the church on these matters is critical, both for the health of our own community and for our faithful witness to the world.

This Statement, drawn from Scripture as our ultimate authority, sets forth a Christian vision of human sexuality as a good gift of God. The divine design for sexual expression within the commitment of marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to the well-ordering of human society and is integral to human flourishing. We desire to articulate this ethic as moral truth binding on us all while recognizing our need of God's grace and forgiveness in the ways that we all fall short of this divine ideal, specifically as it relates to homosexuality and same-sex "marriage".

This Statement is not an official policy, and therefore has no formal authority in the EFCA. It is written by the Spiritual Heritage Committee, with input from others, as a resource for local EFC churches. Any authority this Statement would have, in whole or in part, would be determined by the local EFC church."

We encourage you to use this excellent Statement as a resource in your ministries. We also recommend that you promote this document to other pastors, leaders and churches.