Moody's 2019 commencement season concludes
Our foundation for understanding human sexuality is rooted in our commitment to the Bible as the only authoritative guide for faith and practice. The first two chapters of Genesis constitute the paradigm and prerequisite of God’s enduring creative intent for human personhood, gender and sexual identity, and sexual intimacy in marriage.1
Moody Bible Institute believes that humanity came from the hand of God with only two sexual distinctions—male and female—both in the image of God, and emerging from one flesh with the unique physical capacity to reunite as one flesh in complementarity within a marriage. God’s creation design and intent for marriage as expressed in Genesis 2 is therefore exclusively between one man and one woman. Marriage alludes to the love of Christ for His Bride, the Church.2 Within this monogamous context, intended to be lifelong, sexual intimacy is a glorious blessing from God.
We affirm the worth and relevance of human gender and sexuality, and of sexual intimacy as a distinctive of marriage. Based on Scripture,3 non-marital sex, homosexual sex, same-sex romantic relationships, and gender identification incongruent with one’s birth-sex all violate God’s generous intention for human relationships. Such practices misrepresent the nature of God Himself, and therefore are sinful under any circumstance. In God’s standards, we find merciful restraint on our fallenness. Concerns about sexuality and gender may be difficult to disclose, but suffering in silence is a far greater challenge. Moody Bible Institute believes that people are best supported if we are able to share our questions, struggles, or our self-understanding with trusted others.
God’s love and concern for all of humanity compelled Him to offer His Son as a ransom for our lives and we consider His biblically recorded and specifically defined guidelines for sexual practice to be enduring expressions of His love and protection of our human identity.4 We therefore willingly submit ourselves to these biblical mandates in light of our call to holiness and to self-surrender. Members of our community will neither practice nor propagate positions or activities at variance with Moody’s position.
1 Genesis 1:27, 2:24; cf. Matthew 19:4–5
2 Ephesians 5:22–33; Revelation 19:7–9
3 Leviticus 18; 1 Corinthians 5-6
4 Matthew 19:5–9; Ephesians 4:11–13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3–8