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diversity statement

Over the years, the term “diverse” has morphed from its definition of “different, dissimilar, or varied,” which would traditionally describe various ethnic and socioeconomic people groups to include language focused on various expressions of human sexuality, specifically as it relates to the LBGTQIA community and the corresponding condoning and celebration of such expressions.

As such, we believe it is necessary to clarify Living Water Community Church’s ministry convictions regarding this subject.

Since its inception, the Living Water family has worked hard to demonstrate the love of Christ, as well as to maintain a commitment to the truth of God’s Word in all we do as we minister to people.

In our relationships, we seek to show the love of Christ by ministering to everyone who walks through Living Water’s doors regardless of race, color, religion, political affiliation, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other category one chooses to identify.  This includes, but is not limited to persons who are Christian, non-Christian, wealthy, poor, educated, uneducated, citizen, immigrant, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, married, divorced, single, addicts, those who are sober, ex-cons, parolees, and everyone in between.

At the same time, we humbly seek to be committed to the truth of God’s Word by proclaiming and adhering to what the Bible teaches us, as best as we understand. We realize that at times this might mean that not everyone will always agree with what we teach and believe. We also realize that we will not always perfectly carry out these principles, yet we strive to do so.

As it relates to the expression of human sexuality we believe that the “traditional biblical definition” best aligns with what the Bible teaches for human flourishing.  We see that definition as sexuality expressed in terms of an exclusive covenantal union between one man and one woman, which is designed to be a life-long commitment. This definition, in conjunction with other Bible passages, leads us to believe that any sexual activity outside of this covenantal union - be it heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, transsexual, extramarital or anything else is incompatible with biblical ethics. As a direct result of this understanding of Scripture, we believe that everyone is called to the pursuit of sexual holiness and purity. 1 Peter 1:13-16 is a text that comes to mind when we seek to encourage other Christians in their walk with Christ.

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (ESV)

It must be stated that out of great concern for all people, we also teach that attitudes of judgment and condemnation, and words that are demeaning and demonizing expressed by many in the church, here or elsewhere, on the topic of human sexuality, do great harm.

As such, Living Water does not endorse or condone hateful attitudes, actions, or words toward those who live or believe differently than we do on this topic. Instead, we seek to remember and remind others that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and we are desperately in need of God’s grace found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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