Addition to Statement of Faith:  Marriage and Family

As we continue to gladly affirm our basic commitment to the truths expressed in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, we also recognize that each generation faces unique opportunities and challenges. Though truth never changes, our response to cultural trends sometimes requires a different way of speaking truth to culture.  Today, there is much confusion surrounding marriage and sexual identity in ways that our spiritual forefathers could never have imagined.  With this in mind, though we gladly affirm the commitments expressed in Chapter 25 of the Confession, we also see a need to speak more clearly to the issues dealing with and related to marriage in our day.  Therefore, based on Holy Scripture and the constant moral teaching of the universal Christian Church, Shiloh Church affirms the following

  • Marriage – The Bible teaches that God created and ordered marriage as the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.  (Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-9; Mark 10:5-9; Ephesians 5: 31-33)
  • Sexual Immorality – The Bible teaches that sexual acts outside marriage are prohibited as sinful.  Consequently, Christians must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage.  (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18: 7-23; Leviticus 20: 10-21; Deuteronomy 5:18; Matthew 15:19; Matthew 5:27-28; Romans 1:26-32; I Corinthians 6:9-13; I Corinthians 7:1-9; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:17-10; Colossians 3:5; I Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4)
  • Sexual Identity – The Bible teaches that God created mankind in His image:  male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity.  Consequently, Christians must affirm their biological sex and refrain from attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their biological sex. (Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 1:26-32; I Corinthians 6:9-11)
  • Sexual Orientation – The Bible teaches that God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.  Consequently, Christians must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are inconsistent with Biblical teaching.  (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-9; Romans 1:26-27; I Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:25-33)
  • Celibacy – The Bible teaches two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal “one flesh” marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy.  Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them.  Celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed.  (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; I Corinthians 7:1-9; Matthew 19:12; I Timothy 5:1-2)
  • Sexual Redemption – The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, baptism, and faith in Jesus Christ.  Consequently, Christians must welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who confess sexually immoral acts or attractions but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and conforming their behavior more and more to the image of Christ.  (Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 3:23-24; Ephesians 2:1-10; I Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-16)

Lifestyles or practices inconsistent with these biblical teachings are also inconsistent with the mission and message of Shiloh Church.