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American Bible Society asks Employees to Abstain from Sex outside Marriage or Resign



American Bible Society asks Employees to Abstain from Sex outside Marriage or Resign | BellaNaija

The American Bible Society – a non-profit that translates and distributes the Bible – has asked that its employees abstain permanently from sex outside marriage or resign.

The policy change, which was made in December but was made public by the Religion News Service, asks that employees “believe in and choose to pursue the God of the Bible.”

The policy states:

I will seek to refrain from sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant prescribed and exemplified in the Bible: “a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one,” symbolizing the relationship between Christ and His Church (Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31).

The carefully worded policy possibly means that LGBT employees too will be out, as the policy defines marriage strictly as between a man and his wife.

The society’s CEO Roy Peterson said the policy is a result of the non-profit’s belief that the staff is “made up of people with a deep and personal connection to the Bible will bring unity and clarity as we continue our third century of ministry.”

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  1. omomo

    June 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    makes sense ..though i don’t know how it will be efficiently enforced

    • Cocoa

      June 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Youre right they cant enforce it but at least employees know where they stand.

  2. Mamamia

    June 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Not much to argue about here. It is what it is.??

  3. Becca

    June 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    They cant find any verse it support their policy because No where in the bible does it state that premarital sex is forbidden. It mentions sexual immortality & lists acts as immoral but not premarital sex. And please dont quote’ ‘fornication’ for me because that is a 16thc word or 21c translation bibles. . The Bible is way older than that. Even if you look at the etymology of the word fornication, it implies prostitution and soliciting not consensual premarital sex between couples. And looking at the history of the early Christians, they were polygamous, even the catholic church was until the Romans banned it.

    FYI I’m looking for justification to continue ‘living in sin’, i’m a reader in theology but not a theist.

    • Cocoa

      June 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Well you said it yourself (and im sure mistakenly lol ) YOU ARE looking for a way to justify living in SIN.

      Because there is no way Im going to believe you read the Bible and came away with this thought process.

      Surely you do know that just because people in the Bible did something doesnt mean it is acceptable to God.

      Stop allowing the devil torment you . You know the truth,

  4. Cocoa

    June 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Finally…a godly organization not worried about offending unbelievers.

  5. kike

    June 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Cocoa you dont understand am dancing here ehhhhhennn ahhh sooo we can have an organisation speak boldly of what they want and stand for and not be judged or blasted by foolish people am soooo happy i oray God gives them more wisdom

  6. Annoymous

    June 4, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    If you want to know how and why this Affirmation was created. Several board members were notified that the help desk manager we hired last year was asking for benefits for his husband. They were outraged that a homosexual would flaunt this in their faces and knew they had to find a way of getting him out. Why else would they be so specific when it came to marriage and put that verse in there. That was the only biblical verse that they wrote out.

    Just thought you should know!

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