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Doctrinal Consequences of Clause 24 B.A.S.F.  (Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith)

Forward:

The 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.

Just 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.

In his notable book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon makes this observations:

"The 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".

Gibbon 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."

It 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.

It 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.

 

  
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Updated last on 2013-04-15.