For this reason, I think that it is a good idea for me to occasionally write a post that clearly identifies what I believe in regard to sexuality. So, here is a list* of affirmations that I whole heartedly agree with**:
I believe that God created man and woman in His image.
I believe that there are real differences between man and woman, and that these complimentary differences are important.
I believe that biblical marriage can only be defined as between one man and one woman.
I believe that biblical marriage as defined above is the only appropriate context for sexual relations.
I believe that any sexual activity - including homosexual activity - outside of a one man, one woman marriage is sin.
I believe that sexual sin also includes entertaining lustful thoughts in the mind, whether hetero or homosexual in orientation.
I believe that the only faithful way of life for a Christian who experiences a persistent, exclusive homosexual orientation is a commitment to celibacy for as long as the Lord sees fit to leave his or her attractions unchanged, or a biblical marriage as described above.
I believe that every Christian will experience progressive sanctification in this life, culminating in sinless perfection upon meeting Christ in death or his second coming.
I believe that the single, celibate life is NOT a sentence to a lonely, second rate existence, but rather an invitation to make much of Christ in loving Christian community and close-knit familial bonds within the church.
I believe that the church should be a place where all sinners feel loved and welcomed to ask the hard questions of life and faith.
*Many affirmations like this include biblical references in defense of the positions affirmed. I have made the decision not to include those in this particular list. I did this in order to avoid being accused of "proof texting" and statements like, "You can't use that passage to defend that position!" It should be implicit that the reason I affirm these things is because of how I read the bible. I simply want the affirmations to speak for themselves. All of these positions are expanded on and supported elsewhere on this blog.
**While these are the things that I have identified as most important, this list is not intended to be exhaustive.