We believe, according to Scripture that:
- The body was created for the Lord and not for sexual immorality.
- God has called us to live a holy and sanctified life free from sexual immorality.
- Unlike any other sin, sexual sin is a sin against the body — the temple of God.
- Sex is a gift from God that is to be reserved for marriage.
- Marriage is a spiritual union designed by God and is biblically recognized only when it is between one man and one woman.
- Homosexual sex and same-gender romantic relations is against God’s will for human sexuality.
- There are only two human genders — male and female — and God did not make a mistake when he assigned them. Changing one’s gender identity or undergoing gender reassignment is a perversion of the divine design.
- Life starts at conception, and abortion at any trimester is considered murder.
- Those who do not repent from sexual immorality will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
- Those who confess and repent from sexual immorality will be forgiven of their sin and cleansed of all unrighteousness.
What is porneia?
Porneia is a Greek word that means “fornication” or any “forbidden, unlawful sexual activity.” It is a general, umbrella term for any kind of sexual immorality and occurs about 25 times in the New Testament. (Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21; Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25; Romans 1:29; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Revelation 9:21)
Under the Law of Moses, illicit sexual immoral acts included:
- Fornication (sex between people not married to each other)
- Adultery (sex between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse)
- Incest (sex between people classed as being too closely related to marry each other)
- Pedophila (sex between an adult and a child)
- Bestiality (sex between a person and an animal)
- Homosexuality (sex between people of the same sex)
- Sodomy (male prostitution)
- Whoredom (female prostitution)
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he included “sexual lust in the heart” as form of adultery (Matthew 5:28).
- Lust (to covet, or look at someone with intense sexual desire)
Although the following list of behaviors are not explicitly mentioned in the Scriptures, it seems reasonable to include them in the category of porneia, as they are essentially sexual in nature, focuses sexual energy and desire on someone or something other than one’s spouse, and leads to sexual immorality.
- Pornography (sexually explicit videos, photographs, or writings that entices sexually arousal)
- Voyeurism (sexual pleasure from watching others who are naked or engaged in sexual activity)
- Erotic dancing (gradually undressing, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sexually suggestive manner)
- Masturbation (the stimulation or manipulation of one’s own genitals, especially to orgasm for sexual self-gratification)
The New Testament consistently warns against porneia:
“The body is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the Body” (1 Corinthians 6:13).
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3).
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God […] For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 7).
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1)
“Just as the One who called you is holy, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.” (1 Peter 1:15)
Transparent For Christ Movement exists to take a stand against sexual immorality and to minister a revival of purity and holiness before the Lord–Witnessing freedom to those struggling with sexual addiction, sexual gender and identity confusion, and sexual brokenness.