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Social Position Statement

Southwest Christian High School seeks to walk in the truth of God's Word, the Bible.

We desire to live like Jesus Christ who was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). We affirm that God, in His mercy, spares us from the eternal separation from God that we deserve, and in His grace He blesses us with what we do not deserve.

We know that all of us are sinners (Romans 3:23) and, as a result, are in need of God’s forgiveness. Furthermore, we affirm that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross completely paid for our sins, and His resurrection from the dead proved His victory over sin and death (I Corinthians 15:55-58; Romans 3:21-26). We also affirm that since Christians have not only been assured of forgiveness, but are dead to sin, we should not continue in sin. We who have died to sin should live in it no longer (Romans 6:1-2). Rather, because of God’s great love in sending Jesus to die for us, we ought to live for Him (Romans 5:8). We have been set free from a life of sin, we are no longer slaves to sin, and we are called to not make a practice of sinning (Romans 6:12-13; Galatians 5:1).

It is our belief that many in the world today would seek to exchange the truth of God for a lie (II Timothy 4:2-4). We need to be on guard to live in a way that is different from the world. Rather than being conformed to this world, we are called to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:1-2). Our mind is renewed when we are sanctified by the Holy Spirit and live according to God’s Word, the Bible. When we sin, we are called to ask for forgiveness (I John 1:9), to repent (turn away) from our sins and no longer walk in them (Acts 3:19). We are called to live holy lives because He is holy (I Peter 1:14-16). Therefore, because God’s great love for us was demonstrated by Jesus when He died for us on the cross (Romans 5:8), we are called to live holy lives for Him (I Peter 2:24).

For these reasons, we would like to bring clarity regarding several controversial social issues of today. In doing so, we are not saying that these issues, or the sins involved in them, are bigger or worse than any other sins or issues. Sin is sin, and Christians are called to turn away from all sin. We specifically address these issues because modern society has both confused and, in some cases, deliberately and intentionally misrepresented what Scripture says regarding these behaviors. Some even suggest we go against God’s Word and not call certain behaviors sinful. It is important that we understand sin because we cannot fully understand God’s mercy, grace, and our need for salvation until we first understand our sinful condition. We affirm the following…

Truth of Scripture

As we address all issues of life, we affirm that the Bible has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. We affirm that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17). We affirm that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error in the original manuscripts (2 Peter 1:21). July 30, 2015 God’s character is the standard of moral goodness and is communicated through His revelation in the bible. (Psalm 19:7-11).

Sanctity of Life

We affirm that life is a gift from God and is precious. We affirm that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2a; Isaiah 49:5a) and each person’s days are numbered by God (Psalm 139:16; James 4:13-15). We affirm that all humans are created in the image of God and therefore each individual is of eternal value.

Family Structure

We affirm that marriage is a covenantal relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5). We affirm that God created man and woman equally in His image, importance, and value, and in God’s love and wisdom, they were given unique and complementary roles in marriage as a picture of Christ and the Church (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:22-31). We affirm that God has given the primary responsibility of discipling and teaching children to parents (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:1-4; Proverbs 22:6; Psalm 78:1-7). Christian schools exist to come alongside parents in this journey to equip, strengthen, confirm, and reinforce biblical teaching at home.

Sexual Purity

We affirm that any sexual activity outside of the marriage bond is sin (Hebrews 13:4). Furthermore, because marriage is a covenantal relationship between one man and one woman, any sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship is defined by the Bible as fornication (Matthew 19:4-5). Fornication is sin. We affirm that any form of sexual immorality that deviates from the biblical standard is sinful and offensive to God. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting, condoning or promoting any form of sexual immorality that deviates from the biblical standard, such as adultery, premarital sex, pornography, homosexual, bisexual or transgender behavior, or disagreement with one’s biological sex (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 13, 18-19; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:26-27).

Bullying

We affirm that all humans are created in the image of God and therefore each individual is of eternal value. As a result, God expects all people to be treated with respect and honor. Bullying is the conscious, willful, deliberate and hostile activity intended to intimidate others. Not only are Christians called not to bully, but we are called to an even higher standard: a standard from Scripture that directs all Christians to love, bless, serve, grant grace and mercy as well as encourage one another as we strive for unity (Mark 12:29-31; I John 4:19-20; Ephesians 4:1-3). This does not mean that we will not disagree or even strenuously hold to another opinion on certain matters. It does mean that all bullying, whether it is physical, verbal, cyber, written, or relational is sin and completely unacceptable. In summary, the SWCHS community commits to behaving in a manner that honors Jesus Christ and His teachings in the Bible as well as holding each other within our community to act similarly.

All of our behaviors (our thoughts, our words and our deeds) that are not consistent with the nature and character of God and His Word are sin. When we sin, we need to repent and ask for forgiveness. The Good News is that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). As Christians, we are called to live like Jesus to the glory of God; “Whoever claims to believe in Him must walk as Jesus did” (I John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Isaiah 43:7).