MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

WHEREAS, the first recorded spoken words of mankind were those of Adam who 
said: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 
Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his 
father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” 
(Genesis 2:23, 24); and,
 
WHEREAS, over 4,000 years later Jesus defined Biblical marriage by saying: “Have you 
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to 
his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, 
but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” 
(Matthew 19:4-6); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s creation of man “in His image” specifically referred to the creation 
of man as male and female, as seen in the words: “So God created man in his own 
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” 
(Genesis 1:27); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s first commission to man was: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and 
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and 
over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” 
(Genesis 1:28); and,
 
WHEREAS, the fulfillment of this divine charge, to populate and have dominion over the 
earth, is impossible except by the uniting of a man and a woman in a relationship 
that the Bible refers to as “one flesh,” in seven distinct places (Genesis 2:24; 
Matthew 19:5, 6; Mark 10:8; 1 Corinthians 6:16; and Ephesians 5:31); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Law clearly recognized the role of both the man and the woman in 
a family relationship by directing all children: “Honor your father and your 
mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” 
(Exodus 20:12, NIV); and,
 
WHEREAS, the New Testament church clearly affirmed marriage as being a covenant 
relationship between a man and a woman, and of the family as being comprised of 
a father, a mother, and children (Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, once again “the Church of God unequivocally 
affirms that marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and woman 
5and rejects all attempts to redefine marriage in terms of same-sex unions and 
behavior” (Minutes, 2004, p. 66); and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, once again, “we encourage our 
members to help preserve marriage as a sacred union between man and woman 
by living lives that model commitment to the Word of God, exemplify devotion 
to moral purity, and celebrate family responsibility” (Minutes, 1996, pp. 64, 65); 
and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God strongly 
declares that a Biblical marriage is a threefold covenant relationship between one 
man, one woman, and one God who externally exists in three persons as Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit

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