"Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2 John 7).
The Sacrifice of Christ is a fundamental doctrine, an understanding of which is essential for salvation; a lack of which debars from association with the house of Yahweh. From the pen of Dr. Thomas in Elpis Israel and his other writings has come the clear exegesis of the things "concerning the Name of Jesus Christ" in these closing days of Gentile times. The beauty of this basic truth in the divine revelation set out in these works is stated in sharp contrast with the darkness created by centuries of the pale of the Apostasy.
With the preaching of the Truth throughout the world in subsequent years, departures from this solid foundation have been introduced. New ideas have been advanced, drawing away believers and generating divisions. New interpretations have been applied to brother Thomas' words, which in essence have undermined the basic plan of salvation. These new teachings only tend backward to the Apostasy's darkness. These have destroyed the simplicity of the means of redemption conceived by Yahweh in the beginning and brought to reality in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Such have taken away the key to a correct knowledge required for man's ultimate liberation from sin and death. Essentially such false theories have set forth "another Christ," which is not another, but proclaim teachings which trouble the believers and pervert the gospel of Christ.
To counteract these "enticing words" brother Roberts strenuously sounded the clarion notes of the Truth, "this is the way, walk ye in it."' His voice has been recorded in such works as the Christadelphian Magazine in his days, and other expositions which became necessary as these new departures were sounded forth. Other faithful brethren have written lucidly on this subject in defense of the Truth brought to light by brother Thomas.
Two extremes of teaching troubled the brotherhood in the days of brother Roberts, two divergent theories with which he had to contend. Both have been destructive of the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Word of God. They are encompassed in their terms "Stricklerism" and "Andrewism." These are extremes to the right and left of the Truth. We must avoid the subtle Andrew error (used to support the unscriptural non-Dr. Thomas teaching of non-Responsibility). We must as equally avoid the deadly Strickler error.
The following articles have been written by brother Growcott, or compiled from the writings of brethren Thomas, Roberts and others. This pamphlet is a collation of these writings to reemphasize the need to clearly understand the Truth revealed in the Scriptures. His sources of information are shown which are readily available in many places, to verify the truth of his statements. We believe this material gives a clarion sound for a rising generation of Truth seekers who are searching the scriptures daily with understanding and sincere hearts to know the will of the Creator. They are designed for those who desire to refresh their minds on these vital matters, as a bulwark against the constant agitation of errors of brethren who have departed from the way of Truth, and which have assailed the foundations of our only means of eternal salvation.
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the diabolos, (sin nature)" (Heb. 2:14).
"Sin could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus if it had not existed there ... the purpose of God was to condemn sin in the flesh; a thing that could not have been accomplished if there were no sin there." Elpis Israel, page 127.
These pages are sent forth with the earnest prayer that they will be studied in the light of the Word of God, with a sincere desire to understand this vital doctrine of truth for our eternal blessing.
Brother E. Fred Higham
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