"A Time to Heal" - the Los Angeles 10 points
The following 10 points appeared in 'The Christadelphian' December 1940, as part of an
article, the stated purpose being to heal division. Such an article would not appear today
in this publication, because there has been a massive declension from the truth concerning
the Sacrifice of Christ amongst 'Central Christadelphians'. Our appeal to those who are
sincere believers is to consider the 10 points (4 of error and 6 of truth), read 'Elpis Israel'
concerning the"two principal acceptations"of"sin"and the Scriptures, and the links at the
end of this page.When you have settled in your mind that there has been a departure from
the Faith, consider your own position of complicity which must be rectified.No-one can do
this for you, but remember that each one who is responsible to judgment will answer for
themselves, and in that day a majority will be of no advantage.
4 POINTS OF ERROR
1. That the nature of Christ was not exactly like ours.
2. That the offering of Christ was not for himself, and that Christ never
made any offering for himself.
3. That Christ's offering was for personal sins or moral impurity only. That
our sins laid on Christ made him unclean and accursed of God, and that
it was from this curse and this uncleanness that Christ needed cleansing.
4. That Christ died as a substitute: i.e., that he was punished for the trans-
gressions of others and that he became a bearer of sin by suffering the
punishment due for sin.
6 POINTS OF TRUTH
1. That death came into the world extraneously to the nature bestowed upon
Adam in Eden, and was not inherent in him before sentence.
2. That the sentence defiled him (Adam) and became a physical law of his be-
ing, and was transmitted to all his posterity.
3. That the word "sin" is used in two principal acceptations in the scriptures.
It signifies in the first place "the transgression of law", and in the next it
represents that physical principle of the animal nature which is the cause
of all its diseases, death and resolution to dust.
4. That Jesus possessed our nature, which was a defiled, condemned nature.
5. That it was therefore necessary that Jesus should offer for himself for the
purging of his own nature, first, from the uncleanness of death, that having
by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for himself, he might be able
afterward to save to the uttermost those that come unto God by him.
6. That the doctrine of substitution,i.e., that a righteous man can, by suffering
the penalty due to the sinner, free the sinner from the penalty of his sin, is
foreign to scripture and is a dogma of heathen mythology.
(1) is quoted in The Christadelphian, 1937, page 553;
(2) is the fifth proposition of the Statement of Faith;
(3) is from Elpis Israel;
(5) is from Bro. Roberts in The Christadelphian, 1873, page 468;
(4) and (6) are statement of fact.
The Birmingham Central ecclesia, being sound in doctrine in 1940,
stated its endorsement of the above as follows:
"...we would say that in our judgment the four items of doctrine to
which objection is taken in your appeal, are contrary to the Truth,
and the six items in which you state the opposite view,are the Truth".
As stated above,'Central Christadelphians'now hold & tolerate error.
It is now more subtle than the earlier more easily-identified form (the
serpent-mind never runs out of new ideas). But it still results in the
same destruction of the Truth, because if it is taught that Christ made
no sacrificial offering for Himself, it is simply a variation of the
substitutionary heresy of the"churches"adopted into 'Christadelphia'.
This heresy denies that "God...condemned sin in the flesh"-Rom. 8v3.
Any teaching which denies this cannot save anyone.