Statement from the SBC of Virginia regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage:
The SBC of Virginia and affiliated churches have repeatedly and consistently stated that biblical and Christian marriage, as instituted by God and as recorded in Holy Scripture, is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.
We are resolute in the conviction that God’s biblical design for marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6).
As followers of the Lord Jesus, may we not only promote the biblical definition of marriage, but also provide a demonstration of biblical marriage that is a testimony to the grace and truth of God’s power in redeeming lives for His glory.
The Supreme Court split-decision, 5-4, does not change our understanding, nor negate our calling as ministers of the gospel and preachers of the Word of God. We must continue to pray for revival and spiritual awakening.
The Church is not to be a creation of culture, or to panic in light of this court action. The Lord Jesus is the resurrected and living Lord. We are to be salt and light… a city on a hill. As the New Testament states, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
We continue in our Christian calling to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, speaking the truth in love; affirming God’s offer of redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-13).
The SBC of Virginia has resources that can assist you as you respond to this issue. Please contact us for additional information.
SBC of Virginia
Executive Director’s Office