God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). Marriage between one man and one woman, for life, uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church (Eph 5:21-33). God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Mt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).
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).
Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mk 12:28-31; Lk 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Heritage Classical Academy.
The Sanctity of Human Life
All human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).
The Covenant of Works was made with Adam as the covenant head of the human race, so that when he broke the covenant and fell into sin, all his descendants fell into sin with him (Rom 5:12). Thus, all human beings are conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity (Ps 51:5), so that by nature we are children of wrath (Eph 2:3), under the just condemnation of God, totally depraved in both soul and body, and prone to evil and liable to eternal death in hell. We cannot be delivered from this dreadful state of sin and misery apart from the unmerited grace of God (Eph 2:8-9).
God does not leave all people to perish in their sin and misery, but out of His mere love and mercy delivers His elect by means of the Covenant of Grace (Rom 3:20-22; Heb 8:8-13). It is of grace because God provides the Redeemer, Jesus Christ; accepts the work of the Redeemer on our behalf; and bestows the gift of faith on us that we might believe in and be saved by this Redeemer.