A Little of Our Recent Historical Journey
When Dr John Thomas rediscovered Bible Truth in 1847 he advanced the essential need to get back to the Scriptures in all their illuminating glory in order to share the same gospel as Adam, Abraham, Moses, King David and all the prophets and Apostles, the true Hope of Israel - the Gospel Jesus believed and taught. Dr Thomas was re-immersed in obedience to his new found faith and thus be truly baptised into the name of Jesus Christ. Whoso believeth and is baptised shall be saved.
Even help obtained from subsequent advocates of the message like Robert Roberts and W J Elston cannot replace the impact of the self-discovery that, “Eureka ! I must make this my own!” Like a pearl of great price it is too valuable to depend too much on others. We need no Pope, no Cardinals, no Priests nor Vicars to tell us what to believe or do. Instead in all subsequent generations we have sought to maintain that “Berean” spirit, search the scriptures daily whether these things are so, regardless of where it leads us. Sometimes this costs us family and former friends, but so be it, as Jesus taught “I came not to send peace but a sword, a man’s foes will be they of his own household”. We must earnestly contend for the faith against those that are without the camp.
Doctrines are only to be received if established from the Word of God; commandments only to be obeyed if from the Holy Spirit; traditions are only important if they are Apostolic; prophecy only to be accepted if of no mere private interpretation. We fear to do otherwise, if they speak not according to the Law & the Testimony it is because there is no light in them. Those who turn away from Christ return to the way of death and are in darkness. We are to have no fellowship with the world and its sympathisers.
A name is a label and only serves its purpose if it accurately defines the object or contents. People change - the Word does not. Whether Protestant, Baptist, Brethren, Christadelphian or Ecclesia of Christ; if those claiming such names fall continually short of them, then who would wish to stay associated with adherents of such error or false teaching? We do not. Sadly even the name Christian is claimed by so many who have no idea what Jesus actually taught, let alone are actually endeavoring to do what he asked of them! However the name of Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, other names are of less pressing concern. We presently call ourselves the Apostolic Ecclesia because we believe that the teaching of the Truth reached its perfection under the Apostles divinely inspired work in the first century with the completion of the New Testament writings.
Since the Revival of Witnesses for Bible Truth over 150 years ago we have endeavored to maintain the same approach to God’s Word as those that have gone before and are seeking out others of the same mind, with whom we should congregate, that together we might glorify God in this age, the latter days of the gentiles, and bring light where we can, to a world in need of the personal return of Jesus Christ, who will right all wrongs and judge his household according to their works.
Behold I come as a thief, Blessed is he that watches and keeps his garments
When he comes shall he find the Faith on the earth?
Fear not little flock it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom