A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage – A Resource for EFCA Churches

Greg Strand – May 21, 2013 2 Comments

The EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee (Bill Jones, Bill Kynes, Ernie Manges, David Martin and Greg Strand) has written a Statement that will be an excellent Resource for our pastors and churches as they think through and write policies on this moral issue of the day. This is how the 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 women 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.

The complete document can be accessed at our EFCA website.

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

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage – A Resource for EFCA Churches

  1. Greg, I appreciate the work of the Spiritual Heritage Committee on carefully studying and formulating this statement. It is a very helpful resource.

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