observations made in this commentary are in the nature of a plea and an entreaty
to the world-wide Amended Christadelphian Community to restore into their
teaching, the supreme importance of the believer's participation in the
Abrahamic Covenant in God's plan of salvation.
as a cultivated plant or animal will quickly return to its wild state unless it
is constantly and carefully attended, so will a Biblical Doctrine, if not
constantly and carefully taught and emphasized, be lost and a community will
migrate to the teachings of the mainstream of Christendom.
his notable book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
makes this observations:
doctrine of Christ's reign upon earth was at first treated as a profound
allegory, was considered by degrees as a doubtful and useless opinion, and was
at length rejected as the absurd invention of heresy and fanaticism".
could have added that the doctrine of Christ's reign upon earth was originally a
cornerstone of both Old Testament and New Testament teaching. It constituted a
pillar and ground of Apostolic hope and expectation. It almost seems beyond
belief that such an essential Biblical doctrine could at length become a heresy.
The doctrine is virtually unknown in the teaching of the churches of modern
Christendom even though the salaried ministers called themselves,
"Preachers of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God."
is to be noted that, historically, the doctrine of the Abrahamic Covenant in
man's salvation was equated with the Gospel of Salvation itself. It was because
of his understanding of the importance of the Abrahamic Covenant that Bro. John
Thomas forsook Campbellism and revived the Truth in these last days.
is my observation that the doctrine of the place of Abrahamic Covenant as
a necessary ingredient of the Gospel of Individual Salvation, has
suffered a slow erosion in Amended thinking during the last fifty years or so.