EPC Statement on PC(USA) Marriage Vote

We are grieved that our brothers and sisters in Christ in the PC(USA) voted to change their constitution’s definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people,” and to allow its ministers to perform same-sex marriages where it is legal. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church believes this decision goes against the biblical, historical, and orthodox definition of marriage.

The EPC strongly affirms that marriage is defined as a life-long covenant between one man and one woman only. It also is the conviction of the EPC that the Bible clearly states that homosexual behavior is a sin, and that unrepentant homosexual behavior is incompatible (as is all unrepentant sinful behavior) with the confession of Jesus as Lord.

The EPC also believes the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible Word of God—the final authority on all issues to which it speaks. Therefore, sexual attitudes and behaviors are to be judged in light of the Bible, rather than the Bible be reinterpreted, modified, or overturned by current cultural trends in thought and behavior.

Just as strongly, the EPC believes that God passionately desires to forgive repentant sinners, and as Christians who are ourselves sinners redeemed by the grace of God we agonize over the sin of homosexuality. To say that we should not only accept but celebrate this (and other) behaviors that the Bible clearly calls sin would be a grave disservice to each sin-sufferer, society at large, and the redeeming work of Christ.

All of us who struggle with sin in our lives should not rationalize it, but instead run to a Savior who can redeem us from it and give us the power through the Holy Spirit to overcome it.

For more detailed discussions on this subject, see the EPC Position Paper on the Sanctity of Marriage and EPC Position Paper on Homosexuality.