2016 Wesleyan Discipline: 265:5–7

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(5) To follow the teachings of the Scriptures regarding gender identity and sexual conduct.
Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:12–20; 7:17–24.

Toward Family

(6) To follow the teachings of the Scriptures regarding marriage and divorce. We affirm that sexual relationships outside of marriage and sexual relationships between persons of the same sex are immoral and sinful. We further affirm that marriage between one man and one woman is God’s design, and we regard sexual sin of the spouse, such as adultery, homosexual behavior, bestiality or incest, as clear biblical grounds for considering divorce, and then only when appropriate counseling has failed to restore the relationship.
Ex. 20:14, 17; 22:19; Lev. 20:10–16; Matt. 5:32; 19:19; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Mark 10:11-12; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Luke 16:18.
(7) To preserve the sanctity of the home by honoring Christ in every phase of family life and by demonstrating Christlike love (always avoiding violence, including physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse toward one’s spouse or family members, as well as sexual infidelity or desertion, any of which warrant church discipline for the offender and may justify separation or divorce if true repentance and appropriate counseling cannot bring about reconciliation), and by living peacefully with one another, thereby building up one’s spouse and family members through word and deed, and encouraging the nurture and education of the children in the Christian faith so as to bring them early to the saving knowledge of Christ.
Prov. 22:6; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Malachi 2:13-16; 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:Mark 10:9; 1 Cor. 7:10–16, Eph. 5:28; 6:4.