The National Association of Free Will Baptists Official Position Regarding Marriage

Adopted July, 2008

Both Scripture and nature as designed by God affirm the lifelong, covenantal union of one man, being male as created by God, and one woman, being female as created by God, in a one-flesh relationship. This one-flesh relationship is emblematic of the union of Christ and His church. It is the sole and beautiful context of the divine plan for the marital relationship of man and woman as image-bearers of God, as well as the foundation for the family as the basic, divinely ordained unit of human society. Violations of this one-flesh union, whether heterosexual or homosexual, premarital or extramarital, contravene the divine plan for the family and for the conception and rearing of children, bringing spiritual despair, guilt, and death to individuals and cultures.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18, 20-25; Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Hebrews 13:4.