Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Upholding Marriage

1. Marriage takes many forms in human communities. The Bible records a number of ways in which men and women were united in stable, clearly defined relationships of sexual behavior. Marriage builds on the foundations of trust, mutual acceptance of agreed-upon roles and expectations, community sanction and support, and long-term commitment. Inherent to marriage is sharing the experience of male/female sexual intercourse (1 Cor. 7:2-9).

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior, A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA: Rejoicing in Our Sexuality

1. God created human beings male and female. Both are created in his image as persons of unique worth and dignity. Whether male or female, all persons share some physical attributes of the other sex. Qualities such as gentleness, compassion, helpfulness, and artistic appreciation often are regarded as feminine. Qualities such as assertiveness, initiative, vigor, and strength often are regarded as masculine. Yet, all are human qualities found in greater or lesser measure in all human beings, female and male.

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Sexuality: Some Common Convictions

“Scripture is the source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life as a church. In Scripture we read that God created humankind male and female and ” … behold it was very good” (Gen. 1:27, 31). Sexuality is a mysterious, life-long aspect of human relationships. Through sexuality, human beings can experience profound joy, purpose, and unity, as well as deep pain, frustration, and division.

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation

“Sexual exploitation in any situation, either personally or commercially, inside or outside legally contracted marriage, is sinful because it is destructive of God’s good gift [of sexuality] and human integrity.” [1]

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Sexuality: Some Common Convictions, Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Sexuality: Some Common Convictions, Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
November 9, 1996

“Conceiving, bearing, adopting, and rearing children can be wondrous and challenging ways through which a couple participates in God’s creation and new creation… New reproductive technologies have opened further possibilities for conceiving and bearing children. Yet, such technologies also pose complex ethical questions. This church seeks to be a community that provides spiritual support and assists persons in their deliberations on these matters.”

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