Global University Statement on Marriage, Human Sexuality, and Gender Identity

Global University's Position and Purpose

Global University is a General Council of the Assemblies of God (USA) educational institution, and like our parent organization we are rooted in the evangelical and Pentecostal tradition. This includes our interpretation of Scripture and our doctrinal beliefs.

Global University exists to equip men and women to fulfill God's calling on their lives. Therefore a three-way partnership is expected between God, the university, and the student: God empowers the Christian student through the Holy Spirit; the student desires to grow in faith, to live in a way pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to work toward the realization of his or her educational goals; the university provides opportunities for the student to learn, grow in faith, and fulfill God's calling on his or her life.

Biblical Framework and Sexuality

For this to happen, a recognition of scriptural authority is necessary, which includes a set of moral absolutes. The Global University community considers the Bible the authoritative revelation of God to His creation, the voice that guides humanity to find its true identity in Christ. Since Global University is guided by this concept, members of the university community are expected to live in conformity to the biblical teachings as our tradition interprets them.

The Scriptures tell us in Genesis 1:27 (1) that God created humanity after the divine image, (2) that He created two distinct sexes, male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity, and (3) that gender identity was established at creation and is unchanging. We regard a person's sex at birth as the identification of a person's biological sex, and we do not support attempts to alter one's birth sex in favor of an opposite physiological and / or psychological gender.

Because the divine image was expressed in two distinct sexes, male and female, an important demonstration of this image is the possibility of an intimate union of man and woman in the covenant of marriage. Genesis 1:27 and 2:22-25 show that the first marriage was between a man and a woman, and we understand this to be the biblical model for marriage. Heterosexuality is seen as God's design and intent, and male and female are necessary counterparts, differentiated partners, in a sexual relationship within the covenant of marriage. Global University therefore regards sexual activity and intimacy as intended by the Creator to be enjoyed solely within the lifelong, monogamous, heterosexual marital partnership between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). This is a way we honor God through the bodies and souls He gave us: through faithfulness within the marriage covenant, and chastity outside it (1 Corinthians 7:1-4; Ephesians 5:22-33).

Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in Scripture as contrary to the will of the Creator (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-11). Therefore, Global University does not support or approve of any behavior in which sexual desire or satisfaction is elevated above purity and service to God. This includes same-sex sexual activity and any sexual activity outside the marital relationship between a husband and wife.

Biblical Redemption and Healing from Brokenness

No follower of Christ is perfect; all believers are in a process of growth and perfection, on a journey to become everything God created them to be. Along the journey we experience brokenness, internal conflicts, temptations, and other struggles common in an imperfect world. However, God redeems repentant people, including in areas of sexuality, and anyone struggling with sexual purity can trust God to help him or her become a whole person whose life will align with biblical teachings.

Community Commitment

By enrolling in Global University, the student signifies his or her willingness to abide by the principles in this Statement, and to respect and uphold these principles. Activism of any kind against these principles is a violation of that commitment, and behavior that violates any part of this Statement may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Global University.

Reviewed by Academic Deans: 9/22/2014
Approved by the GU Faculty: 9/25/2014
Approved by the Board of Administration: 10/1/2014
Approved by the Board of Directors: 10/23/14