We believe that God created man in His own image by a direct act on the sixth day of the creation week (Gen 1:26-31). We believe that man deliberately chose to disobey the expressed will of God and therefore fell under God's condemnation (Rom 5:12). The extent of man 's depravity touches every portion of his being—mind , will, and emotions (Eph 4:17-19; 1 Cor 2:14); therefore, man is completely unable to do anything to earn God's favor or contribute to his own salvation (Rom 3:20; 4:5-6; Titus 3:5).
1. Marriage and Human Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Gen 1:26-27)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage as defined by God is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen 2:22-25; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 7:10; Mt 19:4-6; Eph 5:22-23)
We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Additionally, contemporary thinking, cultural trends, or personal preferences must never establish the Christian lifestyle if they violate the timeless life liberating truths of God's Holy Word (the Bible).
We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, bestiality, incest, fornication, and adultery (as well as any other aberrant sexual practices) are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. (Gen 2:24, 18:20, 19:5-7, 13; Ex 20:14; Lev 18:1-30; Dt 23:17; Rom 1:24-32; 1 Cor 5:1, 13; 6:9-18; 1 Thes 4:1-8; Heb 13:4; Jude v.7)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are neither in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of First Baptist Church of Lake Orion.
2. The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. The family is instituted by God through marriage, the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Ex 20:12; Dt 6:4-9; Josh 24:15; 1 Sam 1:26-28; Ps 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Pr 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecc 4:9-12; 9:9; Mal 2:14-16; Mt 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mk 10:6-12; Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 7:1-16; Eph 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col 3:18-21; 1 Tim 5:8,14; 2 Tim 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Heb 13:4; 1 Pe 3:1-7)