Sexual Behaviour

A brief Seventh-day Adventist perspective

God created humans to love each other, but we have perverted this love. People are ignoring the Bible's teaching about relationships between men and women. Their passion for sensual pleasure is unrestrained by moral and religious principle and results in bondage and the breakdown of family.

How do Seventh-day Adventists view sexual behaviour?

Adventists believe sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman, as designed by God during Creation.

The Bible declares: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24, NIV). It affirms this pattern throughout the rest of the Scriptures (see Matthew 19 and Ephesians 5).

The Bible condemns bestiality, incest, obsessive sexual behaviour, sexual abuse and sexual acts that occur outside a heterosexual marriage because they are perversions of God's plan.

Adventists follow the example of Jesus. He seeks to minister to everyone because He recognises how valuable people are. Jesus has re-established our relationship with God, and He forgives those who ask.

Adventists also believe a person can live a chaste and pure lifestyle by the grace of God and through the encouragement of a community of faith in harmony with biblical principles. The Bible writer, Paul, speaks of how God can help us develop discipline to live "self-controlled, upright and godly lives" (Titus 2:11-14, NIV).

This worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church released in 1987 a statement of concern about sexual behaviour. Read the full statement.