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 (Genesis 1:26-28;Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7; Hebrews 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. Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18; Matthew 5:27-32; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 1 Corinthians 10:8; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:1- 8; Hebrews 13:4).