This is what we believe, teach and confess, as a campus ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod:
All of us have the same problem: from the moment we are conceived, we are enemies of God (Psalm 51:5). We rebel against the love He has for us, His creation. We do not do what God desires. We think we know what is best for us. This is called sin. We are each sinners. That is why all of us physically die. (Romans 6:23)
The word grace means “favor.” Though our sin separates us from our Creator, He is a gracious God. In his grace, He gives us the gift of a relationship with Him, even though we don’t deserve it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Reflecting his gracious nature, our God has a solution for our sin problem. God himself entered the world, taking on human form, just like us. But He was still God, too. While He lived on earth, he laughed, cried, got hungry and tired, was tempted to sin, just like all human beings. But because He was God, He never sinned. He led a perfect life. His name is Jesus. (John 1:1-14)
Our rebellion against God can’t go unpunished, because He is holy. Instead of punishing us as we deserve, God punished Jesus. This happened on a wooden cross to which Jesus was nailed, some 2,000 years ago. God punished Jesus for the sins of all people. Jesus died, physically and spiritually, on the cross for all people. (II Cor. 5:21)
Jesus did not remain in the grave, however. On the third day, God raised him from the dead, to show that He has ultimate power over sin and death. Because Jesus lives, we, too, have the possibility of eternal life with God in heaven. (Luke 24:1-12)
This eternal life becomes ours when we personally receive Jesus as our Savior, by faith (John 1:12-13). The Bible says that faith is a gift of God. Faith is the vehicle that makes God’s promises ours. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, the Bible (Romans 10:17). Faith is the thing that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).
Scripture, or the Bible, is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16). It is the only source of spiritual truth for Lutherans. The Bible contains all that we need to know about and receive God’s plan of salvation. It is the source and norm for our teaching and preaching.
University Lutheran Chapel's Statement about Marriage
Here is the official policy of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and University Lutheran Chapel—a campus ministry of the LCMS:
The marriage policy of University Lutheran Chapel, a campus ministry of the Texas District, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is and always has been consistent with the Synod's beliefs on marriage. We believe that marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24-25), and that God gave marriage as a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride the Church (Ephesians 5:32). The official position of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, as set forth in 1998 Res. 3-21 ("To Affirm the Sanctity of Marriage and to Reject Same-Sex Unions"), is that homosexual unions come under categorical prohibition in the Old and New Testaments (Leviticus 18:22, 24; 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10) as contrary to the Creator's design (Romans 1:26-27). These positions and beliefs can be found on the LCMS website (lcms.org), along with other statements, papers and reports on the subject of homosexuality and same-sex civil unions and "marriage." Our pastors will not officiate over any marriages inconsistent with these beliefs, and our church property may not be used for any marriage ceremony, reception or other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy.
For further consideration: The Holy Scriptures teach that God, in creating the world, gave marriage to be the life-long union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24), a gift to be held in honor and kept pure (Hebrews 13:4; 1Thessalonians 4:2-5). As a man and woman freely commit themselves to one another, God himself joins them as one. Marriage is far more than a social contract or a mere interpersonal bond. It is an act of God the Creator. So our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 19 (verses 4-6): "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh?'"
Marriage cannot be rightly understood apart from another gift: the gift of children. As he creates man and woman, God says, "Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28). As the two "become one flesh," the highest possible result of this marriage union, when it is God's will, is the conception and birth of a child. The child is in every sense the "one flesh" of the mother and father and the living sign of their union. The optimal setting for the care of children is the loving marital unity of a man and woman. In such marriage children are nurtured within the distinctive uniqueness and created differences of male and female serving together in the family.
This biblical understanding of the marriage union of man and woman is both purposeful and beautiful. Its purposes include the procreation and nurture of children, the mutual joy and the support and encouragement given to one another by husband and wife, and the restraint of selfishness and sin as each seeks to serve the other's needs. Such purposes reveal a beauty so great that Ephesians 5:21-33 connects marriage to the holy union of Christ and His "bride," the church. The apostle Paul writes that even as Christ, the bridegroom, pours forth sacrificial love for his church, the bride, and she trustingly commits her life to him, so also husbands are called to sacrificial love toward their wives and wives to a willing respect for their husbands.
This, in brief, is the Bible's teaching on marriage—and so it is also the doctrine of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Every congregation and called worker of the LCMS accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the written and inspired Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice. Congregations and church workers also gladly declare their unswerving conviction that the confessions of the Lutheran church, as found in The Book of Concord (1580), are in full agreement with the Scriptures. LCMS congregations, pastors, and other called servants thus agree to abide by the doctrine of the Synod. To believe that marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman is not a political opinion or a cultural bias, it is the clear teaching of Holy Scripture, something that the members of the Synod believe, teach, and confess as the very truth of God.