Marriage and Sexual Morality

We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that sexual intercourse was created by God to be practised only within the confines of marriage (which is a monogamous, lifetime union of one woman and one man) for the enjoyment of the partners and the procreation of children (Gen.1:26-28; 2:18-25; Matt.19:3-9; Rom.7:2-3; 1 Cor.7; Heb.13:4). Any other sexual union either (1) between an unmarried man and woman (fornication), or (2) between a married man and woman who are not married to each other (adultery), or (3) between two men or two women (homosexuality or lesbianism), or (4) between a human being and an animal (bestiality), or (5) between family members (incest), is sin (cf. Ex.20:14; Lev.18; Matt.5:27-32; Rom.1:26-27; 1 Cor.5:1-2, 9-13; 6:9-20; 10:8; Eph.5:3-5; 1 Thess.4:1- 8; Heb.13:4).