Basis of Fellowship

As an ACBM fieldworker you will subscribe to the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith and if you are a member of an Australian ecclesia, the Cooper-Carter Addendum as expressed in the Australian Unity Book.

You will also be expected to uphold the doctrinal standards outlined in the following paragraphs.


Atonement

That by the first sin in Eden, the Divine sentence came into effect and Adam fell from his very good state both morally and physically, and since that time, as his descendants, we inherit the same mortality which came by sin and its physical consequences, namely a sin biased nature leading inevitably to death.

Jesus also himself likewise shared that nature as a member of the race he came to save. As a representative man, having “obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12) through the things which he suffered, he has opened up the way for the forgiveness of the sins of others who come unto God through him.


 The Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit gifts in any form (as was evidenced among the apostles) are not operative now, but that:

  1. We depend entirely on the Bible as the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purpose at present extant or available in the earth;
  2. We acknowledge God’s power and will to work in the life of His children in every age by His Spirit, but we do not know the manner in which He employs His Spirit;
  3. Today God’s children can claim no miraculous spirit gift of an “inner light”, private revelation or interpretation, special utterance or similar power; and
  4. We have no control over the Spirit or power to use it in miracles, nor any gift to make us independent of the Bible.

The Marriage State

The institution of marriage has a twofold purpose and God is the Author of both. From man’s point of view it is to maintain the human species through mortal human history, but for the followers of God it is the Divine establishment of man and woman in the bonds of wedlock so that the earth will be filled with the glory of God.

The original position of man and woman according to Divine principle is written in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.”

The Lord Jesus endorsed this Divine principle when he said in Matthew 19:4-5,

“Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male andfemale, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

Jesus then commented further by emphasising Genesis 2:24 in saying,

“Wherefore they are no more twain, but oneflesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

The marriage vow is a lifelong contract until death or our Lord’s return. Marriage outof the “faith” is a breach of his commandments.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship hathrighteousness with unrighteousness and what communion hath light with darkness.” 2 Corinthians 6:14

– Last update: February 2012

 

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