The Fall of Creation and Man
We believe that all people are created in the image and likeness of God. We believe that, being made in his image, mankind’s thoughts, works, and relationships are to resemble God’s—in regards to the most important of human relationships, marriage is to reflect Christ’s relationship with his church, and to work within his design; we believe God’s design for marriage, revealed in the Bible, is to be a covenant between one man and one woman. All other definitions or alternate manifestations of marriage are outside of God’s design, and therefore sinful. We believe we inherit sin from the original sin of our father, Adam, and we continue to sin actively throughout our lives. Because of this fall, we are totally depraved and unable to remedy our condition. We are, as humans, incapable of choosing to love, follow, or worship God. We are sinful and it is this sin that makes us enemies of God. Our sin demands punishment of death by God, and it required the perfect sacrifice of Jesus as payment. In addition, we believe that God has subjected creation to futility because of the fall of humanity and its continual sin and every day of life is a merciful reprieve from the rightful judgment we deserve.
(Gen 1:26-27; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:10; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:20-23; 1 John 2:2; Ephesians 2:1-3,12)