Introduction 
   This is a statement on the beliefs of Mitcham Baptist Church regarding it’s Biblical understanding concerning marriage and human sexuality and policies based upon the necessary application of our faith to life and practice.
 
What We Believe About Marriage and Human Sexuality
   We believe, based on the teaching of the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is an Institution ordained by God from the foundation of the world, and intended as a lifelong union of one man and one woman.  Jesus Christ reaffirmed the teaching of the Old Testament when He said, as recorded in Matthew 19:4-6, “Haven’t you read, he replied, that at the beginning the creator made them male and female and said for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So, they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.”   
  Our church follows what the Bible reveals as the “sure foundation” of the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles (Matthew 7:24-29 and I Corinthians 14:37). The church is called to teach and practice these teachings and is not at liberty to depart from them for a different authority if it is to authentically bear the name “Christian.” Sexual activities outside of marriage, including but not limited to fornication, adultery, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia, polygamy and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the church. Lewd conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation or distribution or the viewing of pornography are incompatible with God’s intention.

Our Faith Based Policy on Marriage and Human Sexuality.

Mitcham Baptist Church in line with its Biblical understanding of marriage will not conduct any marriage or celebration or any ceremony which conflicts with its biblical understanding of marriage. Mitcham Baptist Church property will not be used for any function or marriage conducted, supported, or facilities rented for a wedding or civil union blessing or ceremony which conflicts with its biblical understanding of marriage.