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Doctrines To Be Rejected

Doctrines To Be Rejected

  • That the Bible is only partly the work of inspiration — or if wholly so, contains errors which inspiration has allowed.
  • That God is three persons.
  • That the Son of God was co-eternal with the Father.
  • That Christ was born with a “free life.”

    [Publisher’s Note: Doctrine number four is a rejection of the erroneous views put forth by Edward Turney and commonly referred to as “Renunciationism.” “Renunciationism” is defined as follows on page 460 of “The Christadelphian” for October 1873:

    “That the body of Jesus did not inherit the curse of Adam, though derived from him through Mary; and was therefore not mortal; that his natural life was ‘free’; that in this ‘free’ natural life, he ‘earned eternal life,’ and might, if he had so chosen, have avoided death, or even refused to die upon the cross, and entered into eternal life alone; his death being the act of his own free will, and not in any sense necessary for his own salvation; that his sacrifice consisted in the offering up of an unforfeited life, in payment of the penalty incurred by Adam and his posterity, which was eternal death; that his unforfeited life was slain in the room and stead of the forfeited lives of all believers of the races of Adam.”]

  • That Christ’s nature was immaculate.
  • That the Holy Spirit is a person distinct from the Father.
  • That man has an immortal soul.
  • That man consciously exists in death.
  • That the wicked will suffer eternal torture in hell.
  • That the righteous will ascend to the kingdoms beyond the skies when they die.
  • That the devil is a supernatural personal being.
  • That the Kingdom of God is “the church”.
  • That the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ merely.
  • That Christ will not come till the close of the thousand years.
  • That the tribunal of Christ, when he comes, is not for the judgment of saints, but merely to divide among them different degrees of reward.
  • That the resurrection is confined to the faithful.
  • That the dead rise in an immortal state.
  • That the subject-nations of the thousand years are immortal.
  • That the Law of Moses is binding on believers of the Gospel.
  • That the observance of Sunday is a matter of duty.
  • That baby sprinkling is a doctrine of Scripture.
  • That “heathens,” idiots, pagans, and very young children will be saved.
  • That man can be saved by morality or sincerity, without the Gospel.
  • That the Gospel alone will save, without the obedience of Christ’s commandments.
  • That man possesses the Holy Spirit today; that one can not believe and understand the scriptures without possessing this Spirit.
  • That men are predestined to salvation unconditionally.
  • That there is no sin in the flesh.
  • That Joseph was the actual father of Jesus.
  • That the earth will be destroyed.
  • That baptism is not necessary to salvation.
  • That a knowledge of the Truth is not necessary to make baptism valid.
  • That some meats are to be refused on the score of uncleanness.
  • That the English are the ten tribes of Israel, whose prosperity is a fulfillment of the promises made concerning Ephraim.
  • That marriage with an unbeliever is lawful.
  • That we are at liberty to serve in the army, take part in politics, (which includes service on juries) or sue at law for any cause.