EPC reaffirms biblical definition of marriage


Due to the most recent pronouncement of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to redefine marriage, we in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church reaffirm our position on Christian marriage. We hold to the biblical standard of marriage, which is that it is a formal and sacred covenant between one man and one woman for life.

Further, to clarify our relationship among the diverse Presbyterian denominations, the EPC is a completely independent, separate, and unrelated denomination from the PC(USA) and shares no mutual identity, missions, or holdings.

Our unquestionable commitment to this biblical definition of marriage is undergirded by our belief that God ordained marriage for a number of purposes. These include His glory; intimate human companionship and mutual assistance; bearing, nurturing, and training of children; promoting societal stability; and affirming the proper context for human sexuality.

The EPC is firmly rooted in the Reformed tradition and orthodox theology. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the infallible Word of God, the final authority on all issues to which it speaks. Therefore, our attitudes and behaviors are to be judged in the light of the Bible, rather than the Bible being reinterpreted, modified, or overturned by current cultural trends.

The PC(USA) announcement comes after its General Assembly and a majority of its presbyteries approved an amendment to their Book of Order. That amendment changes the definition of marriage to “a unique relationship between two people, traditionally a man and a woman” and permits its ministers to officiate same-sex unions in its churches.

We grieve for our brothers and sisters in the PC(USA) who have chosen to submit to culture rather than to abide by God’s Word. We stand with numerous other evangelical, conservative, and traditional Christians from many branches of the Christian faith tree in our belief in biblical marriage.

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7 thoughts on “EPC reaffirms biblical definition of marriage

  1. Ana

    I applaud your decision !The Bible is very clear on this subject!😊
    Unfortunately, my former church took a different path😔 I was their youth director for 3 years. My family and I are looking forward to the new plan that God has for us😊

  2. Ken Roberts

    Jesus Christ has not changed nor has the Word of God. And I take great comfort knowing the Bible still teaches today what it has always taught. Our culture is changing – actually it’s eroding, but what is taught in the Bible is not changing; it still says and means what it has always said and meant. The Layman’s Carmen Fowler LaBerge said it so well when describing the churches that change with the culture; “All [the church of the culture] can do now is echo the voices of the world for she has abandoned the clarion call to bear faithful witness to the God who has clearly spoken on this matter.”

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  5. Pastor Jeff

    “Social Justice” cannot compare itself to the authority of Scripture. The Churches are being destroyed by Liberalism. WE have been warned of this falling away. Thanks for standing for The Truth.

  6. Mike Weare

    Amen way to go EPC! I am proud to be a member of EPC at Mt Pleasant Community Church here in Mi and the adherence to the word of God. Hebrew 4:12.


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