statement of faith
Shiloh Church holds to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith as that which most accurately confesses what we believe as a church. This confession is modeled after the Westminster Confession and the Savoy Declaration. It is Reformed in its understanding of theology, baptistic in its approach to the ordinances, and congregational in its perspective on church government. You can read this confession here.
Though we encourage you to read the confession in its entirety, we offer the following articles as a summary statement of faith.
- We believe in God, who is almighty, eternal, unchangeable, of infinite wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, mercy, and truth; and that this God has revealed himself in his word, as one God existing in a Trinity of distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Almighty God has made known his mind and will to men in his word; which word we believe to be of Divine authority, and contains all things necessary to be known for the salvation of men and women. The same is comprehended or contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments.
- We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for his own glory, did elect a certain number of men and angels to eternal life; and that this election is particular, eternal, and unconditional on the creature's part.
- We believe that when God made man at first, he was perfect, holy, and upright, able to keep the law, but liable to fall, and that he stood as a federal head, or representative, of all his natural offspring, and that they were to be partakers of the benefits of his obedience, or exposed to the misery which sprang from his disobedience.
- We believe that Adam fell from this state of moral rectitude, and that he involved himself and all his offspring in a state of death; and, for that original transgression, we all are both filthy and guilty in the sight of God.
- We also believe that it is utterly out of the power of men, as fallen creatures, to keep the law of God perfectly, repent of their sins truly, or believe in Christ, except they be drawn of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that in God's own appointed time and way (by means which he has ordained) the elect shall be called, justified, pardoned, and sanctified; and that it is impossible that they can utterly refuse the call, but shall be made willing, by Divine grace, to receive the offers of mercy.
- We believe that justification in the sight of God is only by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, received and applied by faith alone.
- We believe that such as are converted, justified, and called by God's grace, shall persevere in holiness, and never fall finally away.
- We believe it to be a duty incumbent upon all God's people to walk in good works; not in the Old Covenant way of seeking life and the favor of the Lord by it, but only as a duty from a principle of love.
- We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are gospel ordinances, both belonging to true believers; and that persons who were sprinkled or dipped while in unbelief were not properly baptized according to God's word, and that such ought to be baptized after they are savingly converted into the faith of Christ.
- We believe that every church is independent in matters of discipline; and that Associations, Councils and Conferences, of several ministers or churches, are not to impose on the churches the keeping, holding, or maintaining any principle or practice contrary to the church's judgment.
- We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, and a general judgment.
- We believe the punishment of the wicked is everlasting, and the joys of the righteous are eternal.
In addition to the confession of faith, we have adopted the following statement regarding marriage and family.