Using the unique benefits of Christian camping, we serve people by presenting the Truth of God with the love of God so lives can be changed to the glory of God.
- Faithful to the Bible
- Serving the Local Church
- Refreshing Enjoyment of Life in Christ
- Christ-like Servants
- Committed to Excellence
- Environment Conducive to Spiritual Growth
What We Believe
- We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are verbally inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21) and inerrant (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17–18; Matthew 24:35) in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16–17; James 1:22–25; 2 Peter 1:3–4).
- We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5–7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), eternal (Psalm 90:2; Revelation 1:8), omnipotent (Genesis 17:1; Revelation 19:6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7–12; Acts 17:27), eternally existing in Three Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one in nature, equal in attributes, power and glory (Matthew 3:16–17; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18–21; Luke 1:34–35), and that He is true God (John 1:1–2, 14; John 20:28; Colossians 1:15–16) and true man (Luke 2:52; Galatians 4:4).
- We believe that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9;) and in a state of innocency (Genesis 1:26–27, 31; Ecclesiastes 7:29), but man willfully transgressed God’s law and lost communion with God, becoming dead in sin, corrupt in nature, and incapable of pleasing God (Genesis 3:8, 24; Romans 3:10–13).
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3) as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:4–6; 2 Corinthians 5:21), and rose again for our justification (1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:1); and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood (Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:14) and are saved by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit and works (Ephesians 2:8–9; Romans 4:3–5; Galatians 3:26).
- We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus by faith are born again by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and thereby become the children of God, possessing eternal life (John 1:12–13; John 3:5–7; Romans 10:9–10, 17; Titus 3:5; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 3:1–3).
- We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord (Matthew 28:5–8; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15), in His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9; Ephesians 1:20–21; Ephesians 4:10) and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:14–16).
- We believe in the personal (John 14:3) and visible premillennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to reign upon the earth (Isaiah 9:6–7; Matthew 24:27–31; 1 Corinthians 15:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18; Revelation 19:16–20:6).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead; the saved to a life of eternal glory and bliss in Heaven with God (John 6:39; Romans 8:10–11, 19–23; 2 Corinthians 4:14); the unsaved to eternal judgment of conscious suffering and woe in the lake of fire (Luke 16:19–26; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13–15).
- We believe in separation from all worldly practices (Romans 12:2; James 1:27; 1 Peter 1:14; 1 John 2:15–17), in whole-hearted devotion to the cause of Christ (Matthew 6:33; Luke 14:25–33; Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 14–15), in a high standard of Christian conduct (1 Peter 1:15–16; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27; Colossians 3:1–4; 2 Peter 1:5–11), since such separation, devotion and standard is the only scriptural basis for a useful Christian life (Luke 9:23; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:20–21). For this reason we oppose all practices which hinder Christian growth and detract from Christian influence (1 Corinthians 5:9–11; Galatians 5:16–23; James 3:14–18).
- We believe it is necessary to hold sound and aggressive scriptural convictions of separation from liberalism, apostasy and compromise with unbelief (Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1–5).
- We believe that marriage is the original and foundational God-ordained institution of human society. In marriage, one man and one woman unite in a covenant of promise before God and witnesses to form an exclusive union, as delineated in God’s Word, the Bible (Genesis 2:18–25). The marriage partners leave their own families and are no longer considered two, but “one flesh” (Matthew 19:4–6; Ephesians 5:31). Marriage is God’s example and picture of the relationship between Christ (the Bridegroom) and His Church (the Bride), made up of all who receive and trust in His Son Jesus alone for salvation (Ephesians 5:30–32). Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s natural and righteous provision to bring children into the world (Genesis 1:27–28).
- We believe God immutably created each person as a male or a female to be His own image-bearer. The two distinct, complementary genders, both to be treated with dignity and respect, reflect the creative, natural order given by God (Genesis 1:26–27; Genesis 5:1–2).
- We believe that sexuality is a gift from God to be enjoyed within the bounds of marriage. We believe that no intimate, sexual activity should be engaged in outside of an exclusive marriage between a man and a woman (Exodus 20:14; Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:3). We believe that any form of sexual activity outside of God’s boundaries (including, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, or incest) is offensive to God and, therefore, sinful (1 John 3:4; Matthew 15:18–19; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; 1 John 1:8–9).
- We believe all men and women by nature are sinners who have been willfully disobedient to God’s command of perfect obedience recorded in His Word (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:6–10). However, God loves mankind, whom He created. He has made a provision whereby men and women may receive needed forgiveness for all of their sins by trusting in Jesus Christ’s sacrificial payment for sins on their behalf (John 3:16; Acts 4:12: Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11). Men and women can, by repenting, believing, and receiving God’s free gift of forgiveness, be restored to fellowship with their Creator (Ephesians 2:8–22).
From time to time The Wilds has deemed it necessary to state its position on particular issues in greater specificity than is possible in the above doctrinal statement. Those position statements are available below.