A Statement of the Faith

                         forming

             our basis of fellowship

 

     This Statement of Faith is the basis of fellowship

          of Pioneer Christadelphians worldwide

 

        It is called  'The Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith'

        & includes  'Doctrines to be Rejected' and 'The Command-

        ments of Christ'.. it is called "amended" because over time

        it  has  been found necessary to clarify and  further explain

        (not change)  the Truth  which God  has  committed  to our

        trust…..The Truth must be preserved from corruption, and

        also we must not add  man-made  burdens to the essentials-

                     -it will be useful to read our 'appeal' letter-           

 

                                   The B.A.S.F.

        Including Doctrines to be Rejected  & the Commandments of Christ    

 

          THE FOUNDATION.– That the book currently known as the Bible,  con-

          sisting  of  the  Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, is the

          only source  of  knowledge  concerning  God and His purposes at present

          extant  or  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  or

          translation (2Tim. 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:13; Heb. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:21;  1 Cor. 14:37;

          Neh. 9:30; John 10:35).

                                              TRUTH TO BE RECEIVED

          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  burn-

              ing 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 (Isa. 40:13-25; 43:10-12; 44:6-8; 45:5; 46:9-10;  Job 38,

              39 and 40; Deut. 6:1-4;  Mark 12:29-32; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Eph. 4:6;  1 Tim.

              2:5;  Nehem. 9:6;  Job 26:13;  Psa. 124:8; 146:6; 148:5;  Isa. 40:25-27;

              Jer. 10:12-13;  27:5; 32:17-25;  51:15; Acts 14:15; 17:24;  1 Chron. 29:

              11-14;   Psa. 62:11; 145:3;  Isa. 26:4; 40:26;  Job 9:4; 36:5;   Psa. 92:5;

              104:24; 147:4-5;  Isa. 28:29;  Rom. 16:27;  1 Tim. 1:17;  2 Chron. 16:9;

              Job 28:24;  34:21;  Psa. 33:13-14;  44v21; 94:9;  139:7-12;   Prov. 15:3;

              Jer. 23:24;  32:19; Amos 9:2-3;  Acts 17:27-28;  Psa. 123:1;  1 Kings 8:

              30-39,43,49; Matt. 6:9; 1 Tim. 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 after-

               wards anointed with the same spirit, without  measure, at his baptism

               (Matt. 1:23;  1 Tim. 3:16; Acts 2:22-24, 36; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-

               35; Gal. 4v4;  Isa. 7:14;  Matt. 3:16-17;  Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1;  John 3:

               34; 7:16; 8:26-28; 14:10-24).

       III– That the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth on the earth was   necessita-

               ted  by  the  position  and  state  into  which the  human race  had been

               brought  by  the circumstances connected with the first man (1 Cor.15:

               21-22; Rom. 5:12-19; Gen. 3:19; 2 Cor. 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  (Gen. 2:7;  18:27;

               Job 4:19; 33:6; 1 Cor. 15:46-49; Gen.2:17).

         V– That Adam broke this  law, and was adjudged unworthy of  immortal-

               ity, 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  Gen. 3:15-19, 22-23; 2 Cor. 1:9;

               Rom. 7:24;   2 Cor. 5:2-4;   Rom. 7:18-23;  Gal. 5: 16-17;   Rom. 6:12;

               7:21; John 3:6; Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:22; Psa. 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     (Rev. 21:4,  John 3:16;  2 Tim. 1v10;

               1 John 2:25; 2 Tim. 1:1; Titus 1:2; Rom. 3:26; John 1:29).

      VII– That  He  inaugurated this plan by making  promises  to  Adam, Abra-

               ham,  and   David,  and   afterwards  elaborated  it  in   greater   detail

               through  the prophets (Gen. 3:15; 22:18; Psa. 89: 34-37; 33:5;  Hosea

               13:14; Isa. 25:7-9; 51:1-8; Jer. 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 res-

               urrection  by  perfect  obedience,  and,  by  dying,  abrogate  the law of

               condemnation  for  himself  and  all  who should  believe and obey  him

               (1 Cor. 15:45; Heb. 2:14-18; Rom. 1:3; Heb. 5:8-9; 1:9; Rom. 5:19-21;

               Gal. 4:4-5;  Rom. 8:3-4;  Heb. 2:15; 9:26;  Gal.1:4;   Heb. 7:27;  5:3-7;

               2:17;  Rom. 6:10; 6:9;  Acts 13:34-37; Rev. 1:18; John 5:21-22, 26-27;

               14:3;  Rev. 2:7; 3:21; Matt. 25:21; Heb. 5:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 13:38-

               39;  Rom. 3:22; Psa. 2:6-9; Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15; Jer. 23:5; Zech.

               14:9; Eph. 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 right-

               eousness  of  God   (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35;  Gal. 4:4;  Isa. 7:14;

               Rom. 1:3-4; 8:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:14-17; 4:15).

         X– That  being  so  begotten  by  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,  in-

               cluding  the death that passed upon all men,  which he shared  by par-

               taking of their physical nature   (Matt. 1:23;  1 Tim. 3:16;  Heb. 2:14;

               Gal. 4:4; Heb. 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 di-

               vine sonship and Jewish kingship;  and  the  proclamation of  the glad

               tidings  that God would restore their kingdom through him, and acc-

               omplish all things  written  in  the  prophets (Mark 1:15;  Matt. 4:17;

               5:20-48; John 10:36; 9:35; 11:27; 19:21; 1:49; Matt. 27:11-42;  John

               10: 24-25; Matt. 19:28; 21:42-43; 23:38-39; 25:14 to the end;Luke 4:

               43; 13:27-30; 19:11-27; 22:28-30; Matt. 5:17; Luke 24:44).

      XII– That  for  delivering  this  message,  he was put to death by the  Jews

               and the 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 in the flesh,  through  the  offering

               of  the  body  of  Jesus  once  for  all,  as a propitiation to declare  the

               righteousness of God, as basis for the remission of sins. All who app-

               roach 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; Rom. 8:3; Heb. 10:10; Rom. 3:25; Acts 13:38;

               1 John 1:7;John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 3:18; 2:24; Heb. 9:14;   7:27;

               9:26-28; Gal.1:4; Rom. 3:25; 15:8; Gal. 3:21-22; 2:21; 4: 4-5; Heb. 9:

               15; Luke 22:20; 24:26, 46-47; Matt. 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 the obedience of the truth   (1 Cor. 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; Eph. 1:20; Acts 5:31; 1 Tim. 2:5;

               Heb. 8:1; Acts 15:14;  13:39;  Heb. 4:14-15;  John 17:9;  Heb. 10:26;

               1 John 2:1; Prov. 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; Matt. 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 obser-

               vance of all things he has commanded, none  being recognized    as his

               friends  except those who do what  he  has  commanded   (Acts 13:48;   

               16:31; Mark 16:16; Rom. 1:16; Acts 2:38, 41; 10:47; 8:12; Gal. 3:27-

               29; Rom. 6:3-5; 2:7; Matt. 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 con-

               cerning the Kingdom of God in the writings of the prophets and

               apostles, and definable 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"(Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15; Isa. 32:1, 6; 2:3, 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;     Psa.

               102: 16, 21; 2 Tim. 4:1; Acts 1:9, 11; Dan. 7:13).

    XXI– That the kingdom which he will establish  will  be   the  kingdom of Is-

               rael restored, in the territory it formerly occupied, viz.,   the  land  be-

               queathed  for   an  everlasting  possession  to  Abraham and  his seed

               (the Christ)  by  covenant   (Micah 4:6-8;  Amos 9: 11, 15;  Ezek. 37:

               21, 22;  Jer. 23:3, 8; Gen. 13: 14, 17;  Heb. 11: 8, 9;  Gal. 3:16;  Lev.

               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  me-

               tropolis of  the whole earth (Isa. 11:12; Jer. 31:10; Zech. 8:8;   Ezek.

               36:34, 36; Isa. 51:3; 60:15; 62:4; Jer. 3:17; Micah 4:7, 8;  Joel 3:17;

               Isa. 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 collect-

               ive  "seed of Abraham",   in  whom  all  nations  will  be blessed,     and

               comprising     "Abraham,  Isaac,  and  Jacob,  and  all  the  prophets",

               and all in their age of like faithfulness  (Dan. 12:2; Luke 13:28; Rev.

               11:18;  1 Thess. 4:15-17; John 5:28-29; 6:39-40;  Luke 14:14;  Matt.

               24: 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  "re-

               ceive  in body according to what they have done,  whether  it be good

               or bad"  (2 Cor. 5:10;  2 Tim. 4:1;  Rom. 2:5, 6, 16; 14:10-12;  1 Cor.

               4:5; Rev. 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 (Matt. 7:21-23; 8:12; 25:31-46; Dan.12:2; Gal. 6:8; 5:21;

               2 Thess. 1:6-10; Heb. 10:26-28; 2 Pet. 2:12;Rev. 21:8; Mal. 4:1; Psa.

               37: 27-40; Prov. 10: 24-30; 1 Cor. 15: 51-55;  2 Cor. 5:1-4; Jas. 1:12;

               Rom. 2:7;  John 10:28; Matt. 5:5;  Psa. 37:9, 22, 29;  Rev. 5:9;    Dan.

               7:27; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Pet. 1:11; Rev. 3:21;  2 Tim. 2:12;   Rev. 5:10;

               Psa. 49:7-9; Luke 22: 29-30).

   XXVI–That  the  Kingdom  of  God, thus  constituted, will continue   a thous-

               and  years,   during  which  sin  and  death  will  continue  among   the

               earth's subject inhabitants,  though   in  a   much  milder degree  than

               now   ( Rev. 20: 1-6;  11:15;  Isa. 65:20;  Ezek. 37: 22, 25;  1 Cor. 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  know-

               ledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea"(Micah 4:

               2; Isa. 42: 4; 11:1-5; 2:2-4; Hab. 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 re-

               ality) at their close  (1 Cor. 15: 25, 26;  Rev. 21:4; 20:12-15;    Isa. 25:

               6-8).

  XXIX–That at  the  close  of  the thousand years, there will be a general res-

               urrection and judgment, resulting  in the final  extinction of the wick-

               ed, and the immortalization of those who shall have established    their

               title  (under  the  grace  of  God)  to  eternal  life during   the thousand

               years (Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 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 Cor. 15:28). 

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