We in Shiloh believe:
The Triune God
There is one God, self-existent and eternal, infinitely perfect, the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:1, 2:1–4; Deuteronomy 6:4, 33:27; Psalm 22:28, 103:19, 147:5; Isaiah 40:28, 45:18; Daniel 5:21; 2 Samuel 22:31; Nehemiah 9:6; Ecclesiastes 12:1–6; Matthew 5:48, 28:18; Mark 12:29–34; John 1:1–3; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Romans 16:26; Colossians 1:16–17, 2:3; Hebrews 1:1–3, 9:14; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 1:8, 4:11).
The Godhead is Triune: one God, three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God, their glory equal and their majesty coeternal.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:1–2; Matthew 3:15–17; John 1:1–3)
For his own glory and by his own decree, the triune God created heaven and earth, time, and all things, visible and invisible, living and nonliving, material and nonmaterial.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:1–2:3; Exodus 20:11, 31:17; Isaiah 46:9–10; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 1:17; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 22:13)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the uncreated Creator and only begotten Son of God, took on human flesh to be fully man without ever ceasing to be fully God.
(The NASB95 Bible: Luke 24:39; John 1:1–3, 1:14, 1:18, 3:16, 8:58; Colossians 1:16; Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:47; Philippians 2:5–8; Hebrews 1:1–3)
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life.
(The NASB95 Bible: Isaiah 7:14, 53:4–6; Matthew 1:16–23; John 8:29, 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21–22)
Jesus died on the cross, making a full and satisfactory atonement for man’s sin.
(The NASB95 Bible: Matthew 1:16–23; Luke 1:30–31; John 19:30; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 9:11–12, 10:12–14; 1 Peter 1:17–19; 1 John 2:2)
Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven, is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father as our Intercessor, and shall return in person (bodily and visibly) to this earth as Judge of the living and the dead.
(The NASB95 Bible: 1 Corinthians 15:3–5; Acts 17:31; Ephesians 1:17–23; 2 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 7:25)
The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, is Lord and Giver of life, who glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 15:26, 16:8–11, 16:14)
The Holy Spirit’s work is necessary for sinners to repent and believe in Jesus Christ through the gospel call.
(The NASB95 Bible: Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 2:6–14, 12:3; Titus 3:3–7)
The Holy Spirit lives and works in each believer to produce the fruits of righteousness.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 14:16–17; Acts 1:8, 4:31; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:18–20; Galatians 5:22–23; Ephesians 2:19–22)
The Triune God has revealed himself in Scripture in the male gender with masculine pronouns and masculine titles such as Father, Son, God, King, Priest, and Prophet.
(The NASB95 Bible: Psalm 5:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26)
The 66 books of the Bible are the unique, written Word of God. The Bible is divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible, supremely authoritative, and sufficient in everything it teaches. Its assertions are factually true in all the original autographs. Its authority is not limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes but includes its assertions in such fields as history and science.
(The NASB95 Bible: Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; Revelation 22:18–19)
The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.
(The NASB95 Bible: Proverbs 8:8–9; Matthew 12:3–5, 19:4, 22:31; Mark 7:13, 12:10, 12:26; Luke 6:3; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:16–17)
All things necessary for our salvation are expressly and clearly taught in Scripture.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:1, 1:31, 3:17–19; Romans 5:12, 3:23; presenting the gospel: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 6:23, 10:9; John 3:14–18; Acts 16:30–31; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:1–2)
The view, commonly used to evade the implications or the authority of biblical teaching, namely that knowledge and/or truth may be divided into secular and religious, is unbiblical and therefore should be rejected.
(The NASB95 Bible: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17)
The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman) and their subsequent fall into sin is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 2:7, 2:17, 2:22–23, 3:6–20; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:45–49)
Human death (both physical and spiritual) as well as all animal death, disease, bloodshed, suffering, extinction, thorns and thistles, and all other natural evils (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.) entered this world subsequent to, and as a direct consequence of, man’s sin.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 2:16–17, 3:8, 3:19, 4:4–8; Romans 5:12, 8:20–22; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22)
All mankind are sinners, inherently from Adam and individually (by choice), and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
(The NASB95 Bible: 1 Kings 8:46; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 116:11; Proverbs 16:5; John 3:16–18, 12:48; Romans 3:23)
Since all of mankind is made in God’s image and also fallen, all humans are equally sinful, equally deserving of eternal punishment, and equally able to receive salvation in Christ.
(The NASB95 Bible: Isaiah 53:6; John 12:32; Romans 3:23, 5:12; 2 Peter 3:9)
Mankind, consisting of two genders (male and female), is created in the image of God. Each of these two distinct, complementary genders reflects the image of God.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:26–27, 5:2, 9:6; Matthew 19:4–6; Mark 10:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9–10)
The special and unique creation of Adam from dust and Eve from Adam’s rib was supernatural and immediate. Adam and Eve did not originate from any other preexisting lifeforms.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 2:7, 2:21–23, 3:19; 1 Corinthians 11:8–12, 15:47–49)
All human life is sacred and begins at conception (defined as the moment of fertilization). Each unborn child is a unique, living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. The abortion of an unborn child or the active, intentional taking of human life through euthanasia or assisted suicide constitutes a violation of the sanctity of human life and is a crime against God and man.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; Psalm 51:5; 1 Corinthians 15:49; James 2:11)
There is only one race of mankind—the human race or Adam’s race. Adam and Eve were the first two humans. All people alive today are the descendants of Adam and Eve and subsequently Noah.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:26–27, 3:20, 10:1, 10:32; 1 Corinthians 15:45–47; Luke 17:27; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5)
Since all humans are made in the image of God, all humans have equal dignity and value regardless of age (including the unborn), intelligence, gender, physical ability, shade of skin tone, religion, ethnicity, or any other characteristic.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:26–27, 3:20, 11:9; Acts 17:26–28)
The concepts of “social justice,” “intersectionality,” and “critical race theory” as defined in modern terminology are anti-biblical and destructive to human flourishing.
(The NASB95 Bible: Ezekiel 18:1–20; James 2:8–9)
Parents are responsible to instruct their children in Christian faith and conduct, to set before them godly and consistent examples of the same, and in every way to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”.
(The NASB95 Bible: Deuteronomy 6:6–9; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4)
The only legitimate marriage, based on the creation ordinance in Genesis 1 and 2, sanctioned by God is the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other and has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, abuse, or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:27–28, 2:24; Matthew 5:27–30, 19:4-5; Mark 10:2–9; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3–7; Hebrews 13:4))
Gender and biological sex are equivalent and cannot be separated. A person’s gender is determined at conception (fertilization), coded in the DNA, and cannot be changed by drugs, hormones, or surgery. Rejection of one’s biological sex (gender) or identifying oneself by the opposite sex is a sinful rejection of the way God made that person. These truths must be communicated with compassion, love, kindness, and respect, pointing everyone to the truth that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
(The NASB95 Bible: Genesis 1:26–28, 5:1–2; Psalm 51:5, 139:13–16; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:20–21, 19:4–6; Mark 10:6; Luke 1:31; Acts 3:19–21; Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; Galatians 3:28)
The doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 1:1–3, 1:14–18; Colossians 1:13–20)
Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and his complete and bodily resurrection from the dead.
(The NASB95 Bible: Luke 24:39; John 8:12, 8:36, 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:3–6; 1 Peter 1:3)
Salvation is by God’s grace alone, a gift received by faith alone in Christ alone.
(The NASB95 Bible: Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:3–7)
The one who is born of God has repented, recognized the death of Christ as full payment for sin, received the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God, and sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 1:12–13; Acts 3:19, 16:31, 17:30–31, 20:21; Galatians 2:20–21; 1 John 3:9; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
The church of Jesus Christ is composed of all who are united with him in saving faith and who are thus members of the body of which he is the head.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 3:16, 3:36, 11:25; Acts 16:30–31; Romans 10:8–10; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18)
Those who do not believe in Christ are subject to everlasting, conscious punishment in hell, but believers are secure to enjoy eternal life with God in heaven.
(The NASB95 Bible: Matthew 13:49–50, 25:46; John 3:16–18, 3:36, 5:24; 1 Thessalonians 1:8–10; 1 John 5:11–13; Revelation 21:8)
All Christians are to live in fellowship in person with a local, Bible-believing church (as portrayed in the New Testament), uniting in its worship of the triune God, supporting the great commission, and loving one another with pure and sincere hearts. Online church and meetings held remotely using technology are not a substitute for this call to meet and fellowship in person locally.
(The NASB95 Bible: Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17–33, 16:2; Hebrews 10:23–25, 13:17)
Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally and bodily return in glory as He has promised, and He will consummate His kingdom. Christ will judge the living and the dead at His return.
(The NASB95 Bible: John 6:39–40, 12:48; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Peter 4:5)
Those who have died in Christ to eternal life will be welcomed into heaven and those who have rejected him will be sent to conscious and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (hell).
(The NASB95 Bible: Daniel 12:2; Matthew 13:49–50, 25:41–46; Luke 12:5; 1 Corinthians 15:12–26; Revelation 21:8)
Satan, who is a personal spiritual adversary of both God and mankind, will be judged and cast into the lake of fire (hell) for eternity.
(The NASB95 Bible: Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
We adhere to a literal interpretation of scripture holding to a pre-millennial view of eschatology. The doctrine that Jesus's Second Coming will immediately precede the millennium.
(The NASB95 Bible: Revelation 20, Isaiah 2, Micah 4:1-5, Jeremiah 23:5-8, Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 15:18-21, Luke 1:32, 33, 2 Samuel 7, Amos 9:11-15, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 61:8-9, Matthew 24:15,25, Acts 1:6, Romans 8:1, Zechariah 14:4-9)
Because all Earthly governing authorities are established by God we are commanded to be subject to them, but not above God, to avoid God's wrath and for good conscience. Regardless of the persecution, burden, injustice, we are never to take vengeance into our own hands “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” We are called to respond to evil not with more evil (including war, violence, killing, torture, slander, riots, black-mailing, hatred, etc.) but blessings, peace, love, hospitality “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” We are called to follow Jesus's example, overcoming evil with good (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) offering our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to the Lord, unto our own death if it comes to it. In light of evil laws we must obey God rather than men unto our own detriment as we are individually responsible for our actions before the Lord when judgment day comes.
We publicly denounce movements inciting rebellion against tyrannical governments. Governments like these are no different than those that brutally murdered and persecuted the Apostles and early Christian Church. Jesus and the Apostles never patterned for us to organize as militia, mercenaries in response to tyranny. We denounce the taking up of physical weapons and instead take up spiritual weapons as scripture commands us because our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil. We denounce movements that mirror the Zealots during Jesus' lifetime. These include Christian Nationalism, Dominion theology, Theonomy, Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Now.
(The NASB95 Bible: Romans 12-13, Matthew 17:24-27, Matthew 5:38-40, Phillippians 1:12-26, Acts 5:29, Ephesians 6, Luke 22:49-51, Daniel 3)