Our Statement Of Faith
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Our Statement Of Faith
Our Doctrinal Statement on Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality
We believe that from the beginning, our gender as male or female is an immutable and final attribute intentionally created by God according to His purpose for each individual, and that both genders are complementary to each other for divinely assigned procreative reasons. We believe that, just like every other member of our body, our gender identity precedes our earthly birth, as it is written: “Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16 American KJV).
We believe that God determines the gender, and it is not in the power of a human to determine his or her own gender. We believe that before we were created, God already determined our gender, name, and the gender-related assignment for being created. He told Jeremiah: “”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”” (Jeremiah 1:4). Also in the following seven cases, the name and gender of the child was announced by God, sometimes hundreds of years before their birth: Jesus (Luke 1:30-33), John the Baptist (Luke 1:13); Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1–7), Josiah (1 Kings 13:2); Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:9); Ishmael (Genesis 16:11) and Isaac (Genesis 17:19), among others. We believe that our gender is part of the grand design of God for us to be identified as His image: “…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.” (Gen 1:26-27 KJV).
We believe that Christian marriage is instituted by God to be a union between one man who was created a male at birth and one woman who was created a female at birth, so that both of them become one person according to the purpose of God (Genesis 2:18-25; Gen. 5:1-2). We believe that Jesus confirmed that from the beginning, marriage has been between one man and one woman; Mark 10:2-9; Matthew 19:4-6), and that their marriage is in force until death do them part (Romans 7:2-3). We believe that marriage between one man and one woman models the intimate relationship between Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church, of which we are members (Eph 5:21-33). We believe that stable marriage produces stable family, and stable family, in turn, produces stable society (1 Cor. 7:2).
We believe that sex is God authorized activity between the husband and the wife who are married according to God’s designed marriage as it is defined in the Bible: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24). We believe that sex among Christians should be a God authorized legitimate activity between the married man and his wife (a woman) designed to implement God’s instructions to the married couple that makes them join together and become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, (Genesis 1:28). We believe that sex is between the man and woman who are married according to God’s design as outlined in the Bible. Every other outside marriage is sin: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Statement of Final Authority for Matters of Faith and Conduct
Our Doctrinal Statement as written in this document does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, pertaining to RESURRECTION POWER WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRIES, INCORPORATED, AKA OBASI WORLD OUTREACH RESURRECTION POWER MINISTRIES, AND ALL ITS DIVISIONS: THE RESURRECTION POWER CHURCHES, THE AFFILIATE MINISTRIES AND CHURCHES, AND THE RESURRECTION POWER UNIVERSITY OF THEOLOGY/ COLLEGES/ SEMINARIES AND SCHOOLS, the visioner who received the original vision directly from God, who is the General Overseer of Resurrection Power World Outreach Ministries AKA Obasi World Outreach Resurrection Power Ministries, in consultation with the executive committee or the board of directors shall be the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application as the Lord leads.