Since it is our aim "to please God" in everything we do, we will strive to keep our minds pure and positive, avoiding all evils in our modern society which are designed to weaken or destroy our spirituality (Philippians 4:7,8). This must include a sensitivity to judge carefully the television, movie, music, and computer industries. We hold a deep commitment the study of the Bible.
We commit ourselves to maintaining a disciplined lifestyle with regard to our bodies. Since our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and instruments of righteousness (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 6:13), we must keep our bodies pure and consecrated for the Master's use that we might please Him (Romans 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 7:1).
We expect our members to abstain from the use and promotion of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and other illegal addictive drugs (2 Corinthians 7:1). We maintain a strong position against abortion. We oppose human cloning. We recognize the destructive and dehumanizing effects of pornography on society, and we oppose both its production and distribution. People bound by this sin can find hope and deliverance in the gospel. We also maintain a strong biblical position against premarital, extramarital, and deviant sex, including homosexual and lesbian relationships. We do not accept loose moral standards of our society (Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,1; 1 Corinthians 6:9).
Our "aim to please god" in our whole life will cause us to exhibit the "mind of Christ" in all our attitudes (1 Corinthians 2:12 -14). Brotherly love, as taught and exemplified by Christ, is to be our example. Members are to be compassionate and charitable toward their fellowmen. The greed and selfishness that motivate much of our modern culture is contrary to our Christian faith and testimony. We recognize racism as sinful and seek to treat all people with dignity and respect, demonstrating Christian love to one another. Hatred, prejudice, and hostility are inconsistent with our goal-to please God (Philippians 2:5-11).
Our speech reveals much about us (Matthew 12:334-37). The Christian should be known by his wholesome conversation. Our members are to refrain from speaking anything that is unclean, untrue, unkind, or unprofitable. To please God, we must make sure our communication affirms rather than hinders our testimony (Romans 12:1,2).
The believer's commitment to pleasing God stands above his commitment to any political party, economic structure, or social institution. All commitments are governed by the highest commitment- to please God. All members are to be honest and ethical in all their relationships (Romans 12:17).
We expect our members not to hold active membership in or fellowship with organizations with objectives and activities not in harmony with Scriptures, or which require oath-bound allegiance that infringes on a member's total allegiance to God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11). No goal shall divert us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being "approved unto God" (2 Timothy 2:15).
The family is the basic unit of society. The divine origin of the family makes it of vital concern to the church and to society. Our commitment to a biblical lifestyle profoundly impacts the family. We give priority to the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman and to the biblical pattern of relationships in the home. While the husband is recognized as the head of the home, he is also commanded to love and cherish his wife as his own body. Wives are to respect and honor their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-28).
Parents are to teach and correct their children but at the same time refrain from provoking them to anger and resentment (Ephesians 6:1-4). Children are to respect and obey their parents. Christian families should worship together, play together, and work together. Their relationships in the Christian family should reflect the healing Christ brings to all human relationships.
Our commitment to Jesus Christ includes stewardship. According to the Bible, everything belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). We are stewards of His resources and conscience of Him in the management of that trust. Our stewardships of possessions begin with the tithe (Malachi 3:8-10). All our members are privileged and responsible to return a tenth of all their income to the Lord. This tithe is the "storehouse." This storehouse is the treasury of the local church or conference to which this member belongs. In addition to the tithe, all members are blessed to give offerings out of the ninety percent of God's wealth He allows them to use (1 Corinthians 16:2).
Stewardship also involves the protection of our reputation. Therefore, we are to be honest in all matters, avoiding unethical personal or business practices of any kind, including gambling. Stewardship also includes our time, talent, and spiritual gifts, as well as our money (Ephesians 5: 16; Romans 12:3-8; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27). This stewardship should be taken into account when drafting wills and bequeathing estates.
Loyalty to Christ and His Church are basic to the success of Maranatha Full Gospel Church. The faithful participation of every member, both lay and clergy, and every local church and quadrennial conference in the various ministries of the church is necessary if Maranatha Full Gospel Church is to fulfill its mission. Loyalty involves commitment to all the ministries of the church. Since leaders should be role models, all those in leadership in the local church, the quadrennial conference, and the general church should set an example by their faithfulness in supporting the ministries of the church.
Loyalty involves attendance at the gathering of the church. This is vital at local church, quadrennial conference, and general church gatherings (Hebrews 10:25). Loyalty involves affirmation. The morale of the church requires the positive affirmation of leaders and ministries. While negative criticism tears the church apart (Galatians 5:12-26), positive affirmation builds it up (Ephesians 4:16). We oppose the increasing commercialization and secularization of Sunday.
Loyalty involves financial support. Faithfulness in tithes and offerings is essential to the prosperity of God's people (Malachi 3:8-12). This applies to local church members, quadrennial conferences, and all other individuals and entities of the church. To hold any official position in the church (local, quadrennial, or general) or to serve as a delegate to General Conference, a member must fallow the biblical principle of tithing.