We, like other evangelical, conservative, orthodox, and traditional Christians from many branches of the Christian faith, believe that, from creation, God ordained the marriage covenant to be a unique bond between one man and one woman. This biblical understanding is what the Church has always believed, taught, and confessed. Therefore, we believe that the divinely sanctioned standard for sexual activity is fidelity within a marriage between one man and one woman or chastity outside of such a marriage.
It is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14). Therefore, the pastor may not marry a believer and an unbeliever. A believer believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God in human flesh, who died on the cross to pay the eternal penalty of sin. The fruit and evidence that we have truly believed in Jesus is that we live for Him and not for ourselves. Christ “died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). “He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).
The pastor may not join in marriage a member of our congregation with someone who is not a member of our congregation.
The pastor requires at least 6 weeks of premarital counseling prior to the wedding.
The pastor will not begin premarital counseling until both parties are members of our congregation.