Marriage & Divorce
High standards on marriage and divorce are very essential to the individual, to home, and to the cause of Christ. In order to maintain this high standard in the fellowship, divorce is discouraged.
Among Christian people, there are those who have become entangled in their marriage relations and chose divorce as a means of adjusting such entanglements. In such cases, the LifeSpring Fellowship of Ministries and Ministers does not wish to sit in judgment of those who have made this decision, but leaves them in the hands of the Lord. If however, their past has become seriously controversial, we counsel them in the Spirit of Christ to live quietly as God leads and helps them, and to do nothing to cause themselves to become a further issue or matter of controversy.
Any person divorced and remarried applying for credentials in LFMM may be considered by the Board of Directors if the circumstance of their individual case is within the Biblical guidelines established in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9, Corinthians 7:15. It is at the discretion of the Board of Directors (or those appointed by them) to extend credentials to any person. The Board of Directors holds the option to override a decision of the designated persons concerning any applicant.
LFMM does not recommend that its ministers solemnize a marriage between divorced persons who do not meet the Biblical standards found in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9, Corinthians 7:15.
We further hold that marriage is a heterosexual institution reserved for a man and a woman and not man to man or woman to woman.
Any person applying for credentials in LFMM or holding credentials must live a lifestyle worthy of honoring the Lord Jesus. Adultery of any form is grounds for disqualification from holding credentials as are other lifestyle sins. Drunkenness, alcoholism, and illicit drug use also may be disqualifiers. If the Board of Directors is made aware of lifestyle activities that are inconsistent with traditional biblical views of holiness, the offending member or applicant may be immediately disqualified from holding or obtaining credentials.