We believe (a) the family was ordained of God; (b) that marriage is a life-long, exclusive covenant between one man and one woman; (c) that human sexuality is a good gift from God to be enjoyed only in the bonds of marriage; (d) that sexual activity outside of scriptural marriage is an abomination and sin; (e) that homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, bestiality, adultery and premarital sexual relations do not constitute marriage nor can ever be pleasing to God; (f) that divorce is not taught except for fornication (unscriptural marriage arrangements-ie; incest) or abandonment (where the offending individual leaves the marriage or sues for divorce); (g) and, that because of the teaching of the scriptures a divorced person can never marry(which would be to commit adultery), be a pastor or a deacon.
(a) Genesis 2:24
(b) Matt. 19: 6b; Romans 7:2
(c) I Cor. 7:3, 5a
(d) Lev. 18:29
(e) Leviticus 18:24
(f) Matthew 19:9; I Cor.7:15a
(g) I Cor. 7:11; Romans 7:3a; I Tim.3:2a; I Tim.3:12a
The word fornication as used in the Bible has a broader meaning than is commonly meant today. The word fornication as used by Jesus in Matt.19:9 has reference to the unlawful unions listed in Lev.17. The unscriptural marriage of I Cor. 5:1-5 is an example in the New Testament of a situation that had to be stopped by a divorce or a 'putting away'. There is also historical evidence that in the Jewish economy there was a betrothal period (usually one year) which could be broken if one of the spouses committed fornication before the marriage was consummated.
Remarriage is only permitted when the spouse dies and then "only in the Lord." I Cor. 7:39c.