What We Stand By
The following excerpts taken from the BCM International Handbook, Section 4 – BCM Special Policies are applicable to all regular, seasonal and volunteer staff employed by Streamside Camp.
4.2 Statement on Sexuality
BCM International affirms the historical, biblical doctrine that marriage between one man and one woman is God-ordained, hence “honorable” (i.e. to be held in high esteem or value), and the sexual relationship between a man and a woman within the bonds of marriage, as defined in Scripture, is “undefiled” (i.e. holy and beautiful).
Homosexual behavior, adultery and all other forms of sexual immorality are clearly condemned by God in the Scriptures. BCM’s conviction regarding the sinfulness of homosexual practices, adultery and all other forms of sexual immorality, should not be construed to deny God’s love and compassion for the sinner while hating the sin. God is full of grace, as well as truth.
We thus affirm that homosexuals, adulterers and those who engage in all other forms of sexual immorality, like the rest of humanity, are fully the objects of God’s redemptive love. By faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance of all sin, all may obtain full forgiveness, cleansing and may experience divine transformation through the renewing of their minds.
Hence, we will seek for the genuine repentance and regeneration of every soul enslaved to sin, including homosexuals, adulterers and those who engage in all other forms of sexual immorality, in order that they might know and experience true freedom in Christ and glorify God in their bodies.
BCM also adheres to the Biblical truth that each individual is born either male or female and that distinction is given by God from conception. BCM does not believe that an individual has the right to change his or her God-given sexuality by physically restructuring their body to the opposite gender.
Therefore, BCM International will neither knowingly accept nor retain, employ nor aid in the support of workers, volunteers, missionaries and associate workers within this organization whose sexual behavior violates these biblical truths and principles.
4.6 Misuse of Spiritual Gifts in the Church Today
BCM acknowledges there are true believers in the present day church who misuse the interpretation of Scripture in regard to certain spiritual gifts that were evidently limited to the early church. We do recognize, as our brothers and sisters in Christ, those who have truly repented of their sin and who are trusting in Jesus Christ alone as their personal Savior and Lord.
As a Christian organization, we believe in the importance of the authority of Scripture as outlined in our Doctrinal Statement. Therefore, we disagree with the following current emphasis on speaking in tongues as evidence of salvation, miraculous healings as a believer’s ‘right’ through Christ’s atonement and the dependence upon new authoritative revelation as a replacement/addition to the authority of Scripture.
As a Mission, we believe that Scripture does not support these emphases. BCM believes that God is not limited in what He can do or what in His sovereignty He may choose to do, but we believe that these emphases are not the operational norm within this present church age. Thus, we do not appoint or retain missionaries who actively promote or practice these emphases.