Statement of Faith
A Statement of the Doctrines
forming the Christadelphian Basis
TRUTH TO BE RECEIVED
The foundation.-That the book currently known as the Bible, consisting of the Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes at present extant of available in the earth, and that the same were wholly given by inspiration of god in the writers, and are consequently without error in all parts of them, except such as may be due to errors of transcription of translation.-2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14:37; Nehemiah 9:30; John 10:35.
I.-That the only true God is He who was revealed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by angelic visitation and vision, and to Moses at the flaming bush (unconsumed) and at Sinai, and who manifested Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the supreme self-existent Deity, the ONE FATHER, dwelling in unapproachable light, yet everywhere present by His Spirit, which is a unity with His person in heaven. He hath, out of His own underived energy, created heaven and earth, and all that in them is.-Isaiah 40:13-25; 43:10-12; 44:6-8; 45:5; 46:9, 10; Job 38, 39 and 40; Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29-32; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Nehemiah 9:6; Job 26:13; Psalm 124:8; 146:6; 148:5; Isaiah 40:26, 27; Jeremiah 10:12, 13; 27:5; 32:17-19; 51:15; Acts 14:15; 17:24 1 Chronicles 29:11-14; Psalm 62:11; 145:3; Isaiah 26:4; 40:26; Job 9:4; 36:5; Psalm 92:5; 104:24; 147:4-5; Isaiah 28:29; Romans 16:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 28:24; 34:21; Psalm 33:13, 14; 44:21; 94:9; 139:7-12; Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 23:24; 32:19; Amos 9:2, 3; Acts 17:27, 28; Psalm 123:1; 1 Kings 8:30, 39, 43, 49; Matthew 6:9; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; 1:17.
II.-That Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, begotten of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, without the intervention of man, and afterwards anointed with the same spirit, without measure, at his baptism.-Matthew 1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 2:22-24, 36; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Galatians 4:4; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 3:16, 17; Isaiah 11:2; 42:1; 61:1; John 3:34; 7:16; 8:26-29; 14:10-24.
III.-That the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth was necessitated by the position and state into which the human race had been brought by the circumstances connected with the first man.-1 Corinthians 15:21, 22; Romans 5:12-19; Genesis 3:19; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21.
IV.-That the first man was Adam, whom God created out of the dust of the ground as a living soul, or natural body of life, “very good” in kind and condition, and placed him under a law through which the continuance of life was contingent on obedience.-Genesis 2:7; 18:27; Job 4:19; 33:6; 1 Corinthians 15:46-49; Genesis 2:17.
V.-That Adam broke this law, and was adjudged unworthy of immortality, and sentenced to return to the ground from whence he was taken-a sentence which defiled and became a physical law of his being, and was transmitted to all his posterity.-Genesis 3:15-19, 22, 23; 2 Corinthians 1:9; Romans 7:24; 2 Corinthians 5:2-4; Romans 7:19-23; Galatians 5:16, 17; Romans 6:12; 7:21; John 3:6; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:2; Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4.
VI.-That God, in His Kindness, conceived a plan of restoration which, without setting aside His just and necessary law of sin and death, should ultimately rescue the race from destruction, and people the earth with sinless immortals.- Revelation 21:4; John 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 John 2:25; 2 Timothy 1:1; Titus 1:2; Romans 3:26; John 1:29.
VII.-That He inaugurated this plan by making promise to Adam, Abraham, and David, and afterwards elaborated it in greater detail through the prophets.-Genesis 3:15; 22:18; Psalm 89:34-37; 33:5; Hosea 13:14; Isaiah 25:7-9; 51:1-8; Jeremiah 23:5.
VIII.-That these promises had reference to Jesus Christ, who was to be raised up in the condemned line of Abraham and David, and who, though wearing their condemned nature, was to obtain a title to resurrection by perfect obedience, and, by dying, abrogate the law of condemnation for himself and all who should believe and obey him.-1 Corinthians 15:45; Hebrews 2:14-16; Romans 1:3; Hebrews 5:8, 9; 1:9; Romans 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4, 5; Romans 8:3, 4; Hebrews 2:14, 15; 9:26; Galatians 1:4; Hebrews 7:27; 5:3-7; 2:17; Romans 6:10; 6:9; ; Acts 13:34-37; Revelation 1:18; John 5:21, 22, 26, 27; 14:3; Revelation 2:7; 3:21; Matthew 25:21; Hebrews 5:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 13:38, 39; Romans 3:22; Psalm 2:6-9; Daniel 7:13, 14; Revelation 11:15; Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 14:9; Ephesians 1:9, 10.
IX.-That it was this mission that necessitated the miraculous begettal of Christ of a human mother, enabling him to bear our condemnation, and, at the same time, to be a sinless bearer thereof, and, therefore one who could rise after suffering the death required by the righteousness of God.-Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Galatians 4:4; Isaiah 7:14; Romans 1:3, 4; 8:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:14-17; 4:15.
X.-That being so begotten of God, and inhabited and used by God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us, God manifest in the flesh-yet was, during his natural life, of like nature with mortal man, being made of a woman, of the house and lineage of David, and therefore a sufferer, in the days of his flesh, from all the effects that came by Adam's transgression, including the death that passed upon all men, which he shared by partaking of their physical nature.-Matthew 1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 2:17.
XI.-That the message he delivered from God to his kinsmen, the Jews, was a call to repentance from every evil work, the assertion of his divine sonship and Jewish kingship; and the proclamation of the glad tidings that God would restore the kingdom through him, and accomplish all things written in the prophets.-Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:17; 5:20-48; John 10:36; 9:35; 11:27; 19:21; 1:49; Matthew 27:11-42; John 10:24, 25; Matthew 19:28; 21:42, 43; 23:38, 39; 25:14-46; Luke 4:43; 13:27-30; 19:11-27; 22:28-30; Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:44.
XII.-That for delivering this message, he was put to death by the Jews and Romans, who were, however, but instruments in the hands of God, for the doing of that which He had determined before to be done, viz., the condemnation of sin the flesh, through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all, as a propitiation to declare the righteousness of God, as a basis for the remission of sins. All who approach God through this crucified, but risen, representative of Adam's disobedient race, are forgiven. Therefore, by a figure, his blood cleanseth from sin.-Luke 19:47; 20:1-16; John 11:45-53; Acts 10:38, 39; 13:26-29; 4:27, 28; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10:10; Acts 13:38; 1 John 1:7; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 3:18; 2:24; Hebrews 9:14; 7:27; 9:26-28; Galatians 1:4; Romans 3:25; 15:8; Galatians 3:21, 22; 2:21; 4:4, 5; Hebrews 9:15; Luke 22:20; 24:26, 46, 47; Matthew 26:28.
XIII.-That on the third day, God raised him from the dead, and exalted him to the heavens as priestly mediator between God and man, in the process of gathering from among them a people who should be saved by the belief and obedience of the truth.-1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 10:40; 13:30-37; 2:24-27.
XIV.-That he is a priest over his own house only, and does not intercede for the world, or for professors who are abandoned to disobedience. That he makes intercession for his erring brethren, if they confess and forsake their sins.-Luke 24:51; Ephesians 1:20; Acts 5:31; 1 Timothy 2:25; Hebrews 8:1; Acts 15:14; 13:39; Hebrews 4:14, 15; John 17:9; Hebrews 10:26; 1 John 2:1; Proverbs 28:13.
XV.-That he sent forth apostles to proclaim salvation through him, as the only name given under heaven whereby men may be saved.-Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 26:16-18; 4:12.
XVI.-That the way to obtain this salvation is to believe the gospel they preached, and to take on the name and service of Christ, by being thereupon immersed in water, and continuing patiently in the observance of all things he has commanded, none being recognised as his friends except those who do what he has commanded.-Acts 13:48; 16:31; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 41; 10:47; 8:12; Galatians 3:27-29; Romans 6:3-5; 2:7; Matthew 28:20; John 15:14.
XVII.-That the gospel consists of “the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ”.-Acts 8:12; 19:8, 10, 20; 28:30, 31.
XVIII.-That the things of the kingdom of God are the facts testified concerning the kingdom of God in the writings of the prophets and apostles, and definable as in the next twelve paragraphs.
XIX.-That God will set up a kingdom in the earth, which will overthrow all others, and change them into “the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ”.-Daniel 2:44; 7:13, 14; Revelation 11:15; Isaiah 32:1, 17; 2:2-4; 11:9, 10.
XX.-That for this purpose God will send Jesus Christ personally to the earth at the close of the times of the Gentiles.-Acts 3:20, 21; Psalm 102:16, 21; 2 Timothy 4:1; Acts 1:9, 11; Daniel 7:13.
XXI.-That the kingdom which he will establish will be the kingdom of Israel restored, in the territory it formerly occupied, viz., the land bequeathed for an everlasting possession to Abraham and his seed (the Christ) by covenant.-Micah 4:6-8; Amos 9:11, 15; Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Jeremiah 23:3-8; Genesis 13:14-17; Hebrews 11:8, 9; Galatians 3:16; Leviticus 26:42; Micah 7:20.
XXII.-That this restoration of the kingdom again to Israel will involve the ingathering of God's chosen but scattered nation, the Jews; their reinstatement in the land of their fathers, when it shall have been reclaimed from “the desolation of many generations”; the building again of Jerusalem to become “the throne of the Lord” and the metropolis of the whole earth.-Isaiah 11:12; Jeremiah 31:10; Zechariah 8:7, 8; Ezekiel 36:34, 36; Isaiah 51:3; 60:15; 62:4; Jeremiah 3:17; Micah 4:7, 8; Joel 3:17; Isaiah 24:23.
XXIII.-That the governing body of the kingdom so established will be the brethren of Christ, of all generations, developed by resurrection and change, and constituting, with Christ as their head, the collective “seed of Abraham”, in whom all nations will be blessed, and comprising “Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets”, and all their age of like faithfulness.-Daniel 12:2; Luke 13:28; Revelation 11:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; John 5:28, 29; 6:39, 40; Luke 14:14; Matthew 25:34, 46.
XXIV.-That at the appearing of Christ prior to the establishment of the kingdom, the responsible (namely, those who know the revealed will of God, and have been called upon to submit to it), dead and living-obedient and disobedient-will be summoned before his judgement-seat “to be judged according to their works”; and “receive in body according to what they have done, whether it be good or bad”.-2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Romans 2:5, 6, 16; 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Revelation 11:18.
XXV.-That the unfaithful will be consigned to shame and “the second death”, and the faithful, invested with immortality, and exalted to reign with Jesus as joint heirs of the kingdom, co-possessors of the earth, and joint administrators of God's authority among men in everything.-Matthew 7:21; 8:12; 25:31-46; Daniel 12:2; Galatians 1:8; 5:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10; Hebrews 10:26-29; 2 Peter 2:12; Revelation 21:8; Malachi 4:1; Psalm 37:29-38; Proverbs 10:25-30; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4; James 1:12; Romans 2:7; John 10:28; Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37:9, 22, 29; Revelation 5:9; Daniel 7:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Peter 1:11; Revelation 3:21; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10; Psalm 49:7-9; Luke 22:29, 30.
XXVI.-That the kingdom of God, thus constituted, will continue a thousand years, during which sin and death will continue among the earth's subject inhabitants, though in a much milder degree than now.-Revelation 20:4-9; 11:15; Isaiah 65:20; Ezekiel 37:22, 25; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28.
XXVII.-That a law will be established, which shall go forth to the nations for their “instruction in righteousness”, resulting in the abolition of war to the ends of the earth; and the “filling of the earth with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea”.-Micah 4:2; 11:1-5; 2:3, 4; Habakkuk 2:14.
XXVIII.-That the mission of the kingdom will be to subdue all enemies, and finally death itself, by opening up the way of life to the nations, which they will enter by faith, during the thousand years, and (in reality) at their close.-1 Corinthians 15:25, 26; Revelation 21:4; 20:12-15; Isaiah 25:6-8.
XXIX.-That at the close of the thousand years, there will be a general resurrection and judgement, resulting in the final extinction of the wicked, and the immortalisation of those who shall have established their title (under the grace of God) to eternal life during the thousand years.-Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Corinthians 15:24.
XXX.-That the government will then be delivered up by Jesus to the Father, who will manifest Himself as the “all-in-all”; sin and death having been taken out of the way, and the race completely restored to the friendship of the Deity.-1 Corinthians 15:28.
DOCTRINES TO BE REJECTED
1.- That the Bible is only partly the work of inspiration-or if wholly so, contains errors which inspiration has allowed.
2.- That God is three persons.
3.- That the Son of God was co-eternal with the Father.
4.- That Christ was born with a “free life”.
5.- That Christ's nature was immaculate.
6.- That the Holy Spirit is a person distinct from the Father.
7.- That man has an immortal soul.
8.- That man consciously exists in death.
9.- That the wicked will suffer eternal torture in hell.
10.- That the righteous will ascend to the kingdoms beyond the skies when they die.
11.- That the devil is a supernatural personal being.
12.- That the Kingdom of God is “the church”.
13.- That the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ merely.
14.- That Christ will not come till the close of the thousand years.
15.- That the tribunal of Christ, when he comes, is not for the judgement of saints, but merely to dive among them different degrees of reward.
16.- That the resurrection is confined to the faithful.
17.- That the dead rise in an immortal state.
18.- That the subject-nations of the thousand years are immortal.
19.- That the law of Moses is binding on believers of the Gospel.
20.- That the observance of Sunday is a matter of duty.
21.- That baby-sprinkling in the doctrine of Scripture.
22.- That “heathens”, idiots, pagans, and very young children will be saved.
23.- That man can be saved by morality of sincerity, without the Gospel.
24.- That the Gospel alone will save, without the obedience of Christ's commandments.
25.- That a man cannot believe without possessing the Spirit of God.
26.- That men are predestined to salvation unconditionally.
27.- That there is no sin in the flesh.
28.- That Joseph was the actual father of Jesus.
29.- That the earth will be destroyed.
30.- That baptism is not necessary to salvation.
31.- That a knowledge of the truth is not necessary to make baptism valid.
32.- That some meats are to be refused on the score of uncleanness.
33.- That the English are the ten tribes of Israel, whose prosperity is a fulfilment of the promises made concerning Ephraim.
34.- That marriage with an unbeliever is lawful.
35.- That we are at liberty to serve in the army, or as police constables, take part in politics, or recover debts by legal coercion.
THE COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST
1.- Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you (Matthew 5:44).
2.- Resist not evil: if a man smite thee on one cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:39, 40)
3.- Avenge not yourselves; rather give place unto wrath; and suffer yourselves to be defrauded (Romans 12:18, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:7).
4.- If a man take away thy goods, ask them not again (Luke 6:29, 30).
5.- Agree with your adversary quickly, submitting even to wrong for the sake of peace (Matthew 5:25; 1 Corinthians 6:7).
6.- Labour not to be rich; be ready to every good work, give to those who ask; relieve the afflicted (Proverbs 23:4; Titus 3:1; 1 Timothy 6:8; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:16; James 1:27).
7.- Do not your alms before men: let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (Matthew 6:1-4).
8.- Recompense to no man evil for evil: overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21)
9.- Bless them that curse you; let no cursing come out of your mouth (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:14).
10.- Render not evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwise, blessing (1 Peter 3:9).
11.- Pray for them that despitefully use you and afflict you (Matthew 5:44).
12.- Grudge not; judge not; complain not; condemn not (James 5:9; Matthew 7:1).
13.- Put away anger, wrath, bitterness, and all evil speaking (Ephesians 4:31; 1 Peter 2:1).
14.- Confess your faults to one another (James 5:16).
15.- Be not conformed to this world; love not the world (Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:15).
16.- Deny all ungodliness and worldy lusts. If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off (Titus 2:12; Matthew 5:30)
17.- Servants, be faithful, even to bad masters (Ephesians 6:5-8).
18.- Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate (Romans 12:16).
19.- Owe no man anything (Romans 13:7, 8).
20.- In case of sin (known or heard of), speak not of it to others, but tell the offending brother of the matter between thee and him alone, with a view to recovery (Matthew 18:15; Galatians 6:1).
21.- Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (Matthew 22:37).
22.- Pray always; pray with brevity and simplicity; pray secretly (Luke 18:1; Matthew 6:7).
23.- In everything give thanks to God and recognise Him in all your ways (Ephesians 5:20; Proverbs 3:6).
24.- As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matthew 7:12).
25.- Take Christ for an example and follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).
26.- Let Christ dwell in your heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17).
27.- Esteem Christ more highly than all earthly things: yea, than your own life (Luke 14:26).
28.- Confess Christ freely before men (Luke 12:8).
29.- Beware lest the cares of life or the allurements of pleasure weaken his hold on your heart (Luke 21:34-36; Matthew 24:44).
30.- Love thy neighbour as thyself (Matthew 22:39).
31.- Exercise lordship over no one (Matthew 23:10-12).
32.- Seek not your own welfare only, nor bear your own burdens merely, but have regard to those of others (Philippians 2:4; Galatians 6:2).
33.- Let your light shine before men: hold forth the word of life. Do good to all men as ye have opportunity (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:16; Galatians 6:10).
34.- Be blameless and harmless, as the sons of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15).
35.- Be gentle, meek, kind-hearted, compassionate, merciful, forgiving (2 Timothy 2:24; Titus 2:2; Ephesians 4:32).
36.- Be sober grave, sincere, temperate (Titus 2:2; Philippians 4:5; 1 Peter 1:13; 5:8).
37.- Speak the truth every man with his neighbour: put away all lying (Ephesians 4:25).
38.- Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).
39.- Be watchful, vigilant, brave, joyful, courteous and manly (1 Corinthians 16:13; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10).
40.- Be clothed with humility: be patient toward all (Colossians 3:12; Romans 12:12).
41.- Follow peace with all men (Hebrew 12:14).
42.- Sympathise in the joys and sorrow of other (Romans 12:15).
43.- Follow after whatsoever things are true, honest just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseful (Philippians 4:8).
44.- Refrain utterly from adultery, fornication, uncleanness, drunkenness, covetousness, wrath, strife, sedition, hatred emulation, boasting, vainglory, envy, jesting, and foolish talking (Ephesians 5:3, 4).
45.- Whatever you do, consider the effect of your action on the honour of God's Name among men. Do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; 3:17).
46.- Reckon yourselves dead to all manner of sin. Henceforth live not to yourselves, but to him who died for you, and rose again (Romans 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:15).
47.- Be zealous of good works, always abounding in the work of the Lord, wearying not in well-doing (Titus 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9).
48.- Speak evil of no man (Titus 3:2)
49.- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16).
50.- Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt (Colossians 3:8; 4:6).
51.- Obey rulers; submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake (Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13).
52.- Be holy in all manner of conversation (1 Peter 1:15, 16).
53.- Give no occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully (1 Timothy 5:14)