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The Family

The Family and Personhood

Just like an object of art—composed of color, line, texture, shape, and form—humans are designed with elements that are essential to our nature. And each of these elements is under God’s authority—life, marriage, sexuality, and gender. We find His perfect design in Genesis 1:27-28, also known as the Doctrine of Imago Dei (which is Latin for image of God).

What we are witnessing everywhere today is a direct attack on these design elements and their central structure: The family. Any attempt to separate, twist, or alter any of these design elements is an attempt to usurp God’s authority. This is nothing less than intentional corruption of the very nature of God’s wholistic design for the human person; the stripping away of meaning, function, and purpose.

God created marriage to be the context for our sexuality, for child-bearing and child-raising, and for intimate, passionate enjoyment within this sacred covenant. God created two genders, not a continuum. He created them with distinctions that reflect His image differently and fit them for marriage to each other. Confusion about this design comes from the culture, not from the Creator. And not because there is no absolute truth, but because sin has corrupted everything. The chaos and brokenness in our culture today is not because God’s design is flawed, but because we are actively rebelling against it. 

Personhood and the family

Recommended Resources

Marriage

What is marriage, according to the Bible?

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The sacrament of matrimony

Casti Connubii: Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Christian marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage?

The Bible’s teaching on marriage and family

Sexuality

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Sixth Commandment

Humanae Vitae: Encyclical of the Supreme Pontiff Paul VI

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: The Nashville Statement

What the Bible teaches about sexuality: A threefold vision

100 Bible verses on sexuality

Gender

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: The Nashville Statement

Manhood and womanhood

Destructive forces

Click a subject below to reveal a list of recommended resources for that subject. We will continue to update this resource area as research, ministries, outreaches, and apologetics in these areas grow.

 

Pornography

Religious Alliance Against Pornography

Pure Life Ministries

Covenant Eyes

Fight the New Drug

Prostitution

Legalizing prostitution and grooming our children for sex work

End Slavery Now: Hookers for Jesus outreach ministry

Beauty from Ashes 

Jasmine Grace Outreach

The Wellhouse

Divorce

Divorce was never God’s intention 

The Bible, Christians and Divorce

Unwed motherhood and missings fathers

The proof is in: father absence harms children

The extent of fatherlessness

Breaking the cycle of absent fathers

Fatherlessness, poverty, and crime

The effects of single-mother and single-father families on youth crime: Examining five gender-related hypotheses

Sexual chaos

Unmasked: Exposing the cultural sexual assault book by Rev. Jim Anderson

The Bible’s teaching on homosexuality: Clear, final, and sufficient

Sexual brokenness: Why the Church falters in its defense of biblical sexuality & what to do about it

Living Hope Ministries: Support and resources for leaving homosexuality

The gender revolution

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment book by Dr. Ryan Anderson

Focus on the Family: Transgender resources

Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz

Agape First Ministries

Rethinking Sexuality: God’s design and why it matters book by Dr. Juli Slattery

Walter Heyer Ministries

“Comprehensive” sex education

Stop CSE

Sex: God’s design vs. comprehensive sexuality education

Ten good reasons to oppose public school sex education

Drag queen story hours

How libraries are being used to corrupt children and what you can do about it

Behind the chiffon curtain: Drag queen story hours and child endangerment

What do drag queen story hours have to do with personhood?