Target’s stock has dropped and more than 1 million consumers have pledged to boycott the retail giant after it announced an “inclusive” policy allowing individuals to use the restroom or fitting room of their choice, based on their gender identity.
“In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways,” Target announced April 19. “Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”
Target common stock dropped from opening price of $83.50 per share April 19 to a closing price of $79.99 per share May 3—a 4.2 percent decline over the past two weeks. Its closing price of $83.98 on April 19 was the highest since July 2015.
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Church Membership Agreement
We believe that to carry on the religious mission of the church, to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons who associate with the church as members should abide by and agree to the following statements and conduct themselves in accordance with them.
_____ A. Statement of Faith
(Initial) Insert Church Statement of Faith Here
_____ B. By-laws and/or Constitution
(Initial) Insert By-laws and/or Constitution here
_____ C. Statements of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
(Initial) Insert Statements of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality here if not included in Statement of Faith
_____ D. Statement on Church Discipline
The threefold purpose of church discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local church (1 Cor 5:6), to edify believers by deterring sin and promoting purity (1 Tim 5:20), and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct (Gal 6:1).
The Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted the local church with the authority and responsibility to discipline members for flagrant sin or serious doctrinal error, with the goal of the restoration of the offender. This discipline is entrusted to the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body] and is to follow the biblical pattern as set forth in Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:7-8; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10-11; and 2 John 7-11. Any member of this church who practices or affirms a doctrine or conduct that, in the judgment of the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body], is opposed to the teaching of the Word of God, or is threatening to the testimony of this church, or is divisive to the body, shall be subject to church discipline.
Discipline will follow the said biblical pattern, and is an effort to bring the individual to repentance and protect the church from unrepentant sin. Discipline may involve exclusion from participation in ministry and communion, as well as dismissal from the fellowship of this church. An individual may be disciplined by the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body] short of dismissal from the fellowship, as they deem appropriate for the specific circumstance (for example, an individual may remain in certain circumstances a member of this church but be denied the privilege of serving in a particular ministry). The Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body], as is required by Scripture, may report to the congregation the names of those who have lost membership by reason of church discipline, and the reason for that discipline, as described in Matthew 18:15-20.
Members of the church agree to submit any legal dispute with the church for mediation before a mutually agreed-upon mediator. Mediation is an effort to resolve disputes in a biblical fashion. (1 Cor 6: 1-7.)
[Optional provision] The members of this church further knowingly and voluntarily agree that a member cannot voluntarily withdraw or resign his or her membership in the midst of the discipline process, and may only voluntarily withdraw or resign his or her membership if they are not the subject of a discipline proceeding at the time or only after a disciplinary process, of which they are the subject, has been concluded as determined by the Pastoral Staff [Board or similar body].
_____ E. Statement on Final Authority of Matters of Faith and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of the church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our [Pastor/Board of Trustees/Board of Deacons] is the church’s final interpretative authority of the Bible’s meaning and application.
I (print name)_______________________________ have reviewed the statements above as indicated by my initials before each of them, and agree to be governed by all the provisions herein.
Signature by Church Confirming Return Date
Final Authority of Property Usage
This is privately owned property, therefore ultimate control and final authority over any and all usage of all church property and/or facilities can never be relinquished to any other person, organization, entity, agency, or authority by anyone for any reason, other than legal transfer of ownership.
Facilities Usage Statement
The church owned property is used to promote the church’s religious purposes. The Church seeks to exercise wise stewardship over all aspects of its Property, and therefore will allow no usage of any facility or property that contradicts the Bible or the Church’s Statement of Faith. The church’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of church members. The church desires that its facilities be used to bring God glory.
This restricted facility use policy is necessary for important reasons. First, the church may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the church’s beliefs would be material cooperation with that activity, and would be a grave violation of the church’s faith and religious practice, and severely harm the ability of the church and its members to freely exercise their faith without fear of having their faith and beliefs violated (2 Cor 6:14; 1 Thess 5:22.)
Therefore, facility usage will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs or practices that conflict with the church’s Statement of Faith or Biblical teachings. Nor may church facilities be used for activities that contradict, or are deemed inconsistent with the church’s Statement of Faith, bylaws, or Biblical teachings. The Pastor, or his official designee, is the final decision-maker concerning use of church facilities. This policy applies to all church facilities, regardless of whether the facilities are connected to the church’s sanctuary, because the church sees all of its property as holy and set apart to worship God. (Col 3:17.)
Facility Use For Wedding
The only weddings which shall be held in the church, in its facilities, or on church property shall meet the following basic requirements and no wedding shall be held which does not at least meet these basic requirements.
(Option A- Recommended)- The Bride or Groom or their parents must be a member, in good standing, at the church
(Option B)- The Bride or Groom, or their parents, or their grandparents, or their sibling, must be a member in good standing at the church
(Option C)- The Bride or Groom, while not required to be members of the church, must agree to the Church’s definition of marriage, statement of faith, and agree to the church’s related doctrinal teachings on Biblical Marriage. The Pastor shall determine if the Bride and Groom and their wedding meet with the church’s definition of marriage and statement of faith.
Both the Bride and Groom must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
The engaged couple must live in separate residences until the wedding day
The couple will make a commitment not to engage in sexual activity prior to marriage
The couple will successfully complete premarital counseling with the Pastor, which shall be considered successfully completed at the discretion of the Pastor
The wedding must be in accordance with the church’s statement of faith, definition of marriage, and related doctrinal teachings on Biblical Marriage
(Option A)- The wedding shall only be performed by the Pastor of the church
(Option B)- The wedding shall only be performed by the Pastor or an ordained minister who is approved by the Pastor and/or Board of Trustees/Board of Deacons and who affirms agreement with the church’s statement of faith, definition of marriage, and related doctrinal teachings on Biblical Marriage
Any questions regarding fulfillment of these requirements shall be determined by the Church’s leadership, in accordance with its government structure. Any disputes regarding the Church’s wedding policy shall be resolved by the Pastor and the governing structure of the church.
Christian Legal Society
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of the church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our [Pastor/Board of Trustees/Board of Deacons] is the church’s final interpretative authority of the Bible’s meaning and application.
We believe that the term 'marriage' has one and only one meaning which is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man (born and remaining a male) and one woman (born and remaining a female) in a single, monogamous, exclusive, lifelong union, as delineated in Scripture. This meaning of marriage is a deeply held religious conviction, central to the core value and exercise of our faith. (Alliance Defending Freedom, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Liberty Institute)
A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the meaning of marriage found in this Statement of Faith. (Pacific Justice Institute)
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Consequently, members must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary acts or conduct. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s design of that person. (Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Institute)
"We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, or who are members of the church should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and conduct themselves accordingly. (Alliance Defending Freedom)
Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-9, Mark 10:6-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1st Corinthians 6:9 Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 19:5-10, Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Judges 19:22-24, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-17, Ephesians 5:25-27, Ephesians 5:31, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, Jude 1:7, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2
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