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Inglesia del Nazareno Communidad de la Esperanza

OUR LIFESTYLE STATEMENT

 

ETHICS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

 

The Church of the Nazarene purposes to relate timeless Biblical principles to contemporary society. We hold that the Ten Commandments, as reaffirmed in the New Testament, constitute the basic Christian ethic and ought to be obeyed in all particulars. It is imperative that our people earnestly seek the aid of the Spirit in cultivating a sensitivity against evil. Remember the admonition: "Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil" (I Thessalonians 5:21-22).

 

Our people should govern themselves by three principles:

 

1. One is the Christian stewardship of leisure time.

 

2. A second principle is the recognition of the Christian obligation to apply the highest moral standards to the Christian family. Because we are living in a day of great moral confusion in which we face the potential encroachment of the evils of the day into the sacred precincts of our homes through various avenues such as current literature, radio, and television, it is essential that the most rigid safeguards be observed.

 

3. The third principle is the obligation to witness against such social evils as violence, sensuality, pornography, profanity, and the occult. This would include the avoidance of all entertainment which produce, promote, or feature the violent, the sensual, the pornographic, the profane, or the occultic, and thus undermine God's standard of holiness of heart and life.

 

We suggest that the standard given to John Wesley by his mother form the basis for ethical decisions: "whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of your body over mind, that thing for you is sin." (Romans 14:7-13; I Corinthians 10:31-33; Ephesians 5:1-18; Philippians 4:8-9; I Peter 1:13-17; II Peter 1:3-11)

 

Gifts of the Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity (I Corinthians 12:4, 11, 18, 21-25; Ephesians 4:11-16).

 

We believe in the miraculous use of languages and the interpretation of languages in its Biblical and historical setting. That is, languages were an evangelistic tool used for the purpose of spreading the gospel. The languages were unknown to the speaker, but known by the hearers (Acts 2:4-8). But it is contrary to the teaching of God's Word, as understood by the Church of the Nazarene, to teach that speaking in an unknown tongue, or the gift of tongues, is the evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-24).

 

The unity of the body of Christ is of utmost importance, therefore only a language readily understood by the congregation is to be used in public worship (I Corinthians 12:1; 14:40).

 

Marriage and Divorce. The Christian family, knit together in a common bond through Jesus Christ is to be earnestly cultivated. The institution of marriage was ordained of God. It is the permanent union of one man and one woman. Our people should cherish this sacred estate and should enter it only after earnest prayer for divine direction. The marriage covenant is morally binding so long as both shall live, and therefore, may not be dissolved at will. (Genesis 1:26-28, 31; 2:21-24; Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; Ephesians 5:21 - 6:4; I Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4)

 

Members of the Church of the Nazarene are to seek prayerfully a redemptive course of action when involved in marital unhappiness, in full harmony with their vows and the clear teachings of the Scripture. Couples having serious marital problems are urged to seek counsel and guidance of their pastor. Only adultery is a Scriptural ground for divorce and only adultery will supply such ground as may justify the innocent party in remarrying. (Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9).

 

Through ignorance, sin, and human frailties, many in our society fall short of the divine ideal. Where scriptural ground for divorce did not exist and remarriage followed, the marriage partners, are enjoined to seek the forgiving grace of God and His redemptive help in their remarriage relation.

 

Abortion. The Church of the Nazarene, in affirming the sanctity of human life, is opposed to the use of induced abortion for personal convenience or population control. It opposes liberalizing the laws which allow induced abortion on demand. Responsible opposition to abortion requires our commitment to the initiation and support of programs designed to provide care for mothers and children. (Exodus 20:13; 21:12-16; Job 31:15; Psalms 22:9; 139:3-16; Isaiah 44:2, 24; 49:5; Luke 1:23-25, 36-45; Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 6:16; 7:1ff; I Thessalonians 4:3-6)

 

Human Sexuality. Sexuality is one expression God intended for the covenant between a husband and a wife. Within marriage sexuality is a sign of commitment, love and loyalty. We view all forms of sexual intimacy that occur outside the covenant of heterosexual marriage as sinful distortions of what God intended. Homosexuality is one form by which human sexuality is perverted. The Bible affirms that such acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God. There is no compatibility between Christian morality and the practice of homosexuality. We believe the grace of God is sufficient to overcome the practice of homosexuality (Gen 1:27; 19:1-25; Lev. 20:13; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:8-10).

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