First Baptist Church of Oxford, MI Article III: Articles of Faith
Section 13. Creation, Life and Marriage
A. Creation. We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We believe that all of the material universe and all living things on the earth were created in six, 24-hour days.
References: Genesis 1; 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3.
B. Human Life. We believe human life begins at conception and the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustifiable, inexcusable taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable.
References: Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1,5; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44.
C. Sexual Purity. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
References: Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9-20; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4.
D. Marriage. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Therefore, this church shall not endorse, the facilities shall not be used for, and no officer (pastor or deacon) shall participate in or officiate over any ceremony that is not consistent with that definition of marriage.
References: Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23, 25.
E. Gender Roles. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the loving, unselfish leader of the home. Men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the local church. Women are to honor and serve God through their unique gifts, experiences, and perspectives. A married woman is to be a “suitable helper” to her husband. A wife is to honor her husband and submit to his proper leadership in the home and church. If God blesses the marriage union with children, then the mother has opportunity to profoundly influence their lives for the glory of God.
References: Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15; 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9.