Community Impact

As a body of religious leaders in Tippecanoe county, we collectively see it as our responsibility to voice a biblical response to certain issues facing our community. Though we do not exist as a political entity and nothing here should be construed as the endorsement of any political agenda, we desire to help people understand what the Bible teaches on key issues. There may be debate among various Christian groups, but we are committed to the authority of the Bible as God’s written word and have sought to achieve consensus on what it teaches and how that teaching should apply to Christians today. Therefore, we have written a few statements which can be viewed by using the menu links above.

Public Position on Marriage

Our Position on Marriage

As ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to faithfully uphold the truth of God’s Word for the age in which we live. Therefore, humbly and joyfully, we affirm…

that God loves all people without discrimination,

Because He is loving, God makes His love available to all who put their confidence in Jesus Christ, regardless of age, race, nationality, or gender.

You are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. . . . There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3.26, 28

that God does not accept all behavior without discrimination,

Because He is holy, God distinguishes between behavior that conforms to His holy character and behavior which does not. 

You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Exodus 20.13-16

that God has revealed to humanity His intentions for our behavior,

Because He desires to be known, God has given us in the Bible a faithful and trustworthy record of how God would have us live. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3.16

that God has revealed to humanity His intentions concerning marriage,

Because He desires our best, God created the gift of marriage, and intends that we should either live in fidelity within marriage between a man and a woman, confining our sexual expression to that relationship, or in chastity as a single person, abstaining from all sexual expression with others.

At the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ Mark 10.6-9

and that a society which follows the moral principles contained in the Bible honors God and invites His blessing.

Those who honor Me I will honor. . . 1 Samuel 2:30

While standing firmly on this moral foundation we also extend to all in our community the redemptive and transforming message of the good news in Jesus Christ.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:8-11 

 

A Statement of Affirmation and Repentance

We the members of the Tippecanoe Evangelical Association of Ministers and Ministries lament our failure to consistently practice what we preach in the important area of sexuality, and the fact that we have often failed to promote our view of sexuality in a loving, Christ-like manner to all persons.

Moreover, we remain fully united in our firm commitment to proclaiming and living out the biblical principles of sexuality and marriage—namely that sexual fidelity is to be maintained within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman and that sexual abstinence is to be practiced by all persons living outside of such a marriage covenant.

Because our unity in Christ transcends our political opinions, we acknowledge our different views regarding what specific role, if any, the civil government should play in promoting the biblical view of sexuality and marriage, and we respect one another as brothers and sisters in Christ despite these differences of opinion.

Community Marriage Policy

As ministers and ministry leaders in Tippecanoe County we are joining together to agree to the guidelines listed below in preparing people for marriage, as well as ministry with married couples. We do so as a witness of our commitment to help build strong marriages, reduce the incidence of divorce and thus reinforce the quality of community life in our county.

We are seeking to prepare couples not simply for a wedding, but for a lifelong covenant of marriage:

  • Since marriage is a solemn covenant, it is in the best interest of engaged couples to approach that covenant deliberately and prayerfully. Therefore we will encourage a minimum of four months to a year for marriage preparation.
  • Our preparation of each couple will include Scriptural study and the use of a premarital assessment which reinforces the Biblical design for marriage. We recommend a minimum of four counseling sessions. Application of Scripture and the use of such an assessment is a great assistance in premarital counseling; and can help identify couples who should seriously rethink their intention to be married.
  • We will train mature, married couples to serve as mentors to work with engaged couples, newlyweds, or those experiencing marital difficulties.

In addition to preparing couples for marriage, we will support already married couples by…

  • offering two post-marital counseling sessions with a minister or a mentor couple within the first year of marriage.
  • customizing a support system of couples whose marriages have successfully weathered life’s challenges to assist with troubled marriages.
  • seeking to establish support systems for blended families.
  • encouraging retreats, classes, and marriage enrichment opportunities designed to build and strengthen marriages.
  • cooperating with other congregations and organizations to share resources and to create a positive climate to help marriages succeed.
  • setting an example as pastors by attending couple’s retreats and being involved in other relationship enrichment activities.
  • taking this covenant back to our church to be ratified by the appropriate church leadership.

Covenant

With a graceful attitude, I commit to seek the endorsement of these minimum standards by my congregation, seek to implement them as quickly and as completely as possible, and to encourage our church members to defend the sanctity of traditional marriage for the glory of God and the good of our whole community.