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Statement of Understanding

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College is an institution rooted in Holy Scriptures. We believe that God’s Word is given to us “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). We believe that the Bible is the unchanging Word of God.

    WLC is an institution affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and our instruction is aligned with the teaching of the WELS and the historic Christian faith. We instruct our students to live out their specific vocations¹ guided by God’s unchanging Word in the realities of a fallen world. We understand that not everyone comes to WLC with the same religious backgrounds. We are committed to lovingly and respectfully working with each student on the basis of Holy Scriptures.

    Our goal is to aid our students in understanding that they are free in Christ to carry out their vocations out of love for neighbor. God has given us gifts which he values and protects through his Word. Guided by God’s Word, summarized in the  Ten Commandments and compelled by Christ’s love, WLC holds to the following:

    1. We believe in one true God, revealed to us in Scriptures as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    2. We believe that all people are by nature sinful and in need of the forgiving grace of Jesus Christ. So, God out of love sent his Son to die for us that we might have eternal life in his name.

    3. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives the gift of faith through the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We make God’s Word readily available to all students through daily chapel, personal interactions, academic courses, Bible studies, team devotions, student life support and pastoral care.

    4. We believe that God has given earthly authorities for our blessing. God’s love compels us to hold each other accountable in light of his Word. Discipline is lovingly carried out in accordance with federal and state law as well as the rules outlined in the WLC student handbook. 

    5. We believe that God values and protects life as a gift given by him. Jesus gave his life for all people and therefore all people have intrinsic value and purpose as St. Paul said “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

    6. We believe that God values and protects marriage and sex as his gift to us.  The Bible says, “God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Jesus further states, “…at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one” (Matthew 19:4-5). Guided by God’s Word, WLC holds to the truth that God lovingly created male and female and that sex is God’s gift for marriage between a man and woman.

    7. We believe that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it – the world and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). God values and protects the possessions that he has given. We are a community in which we respect and care for each other’s possessions, our campus, and the world around us.

    8. We believe that God values and protects the reputation of each individual for whom he sent his Son, Jesus, to die.  The Bible says, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19).  Therefore, we build up each individual regardless of background, with love and mutual respect.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College will hold unswervingly to God and His Word in all academics, extracurricular activities and campus life.  A  further explanation of how these guiding principles are applied at WLC can be found in the student handbook.

    ¹ Vocation is a calling from God into a neighbor relationship in which he uses us to love the world, for example, parents love/serve their children, nurses love/ serve their patients, coworkers, and employer.