Our brotherhood believes that the Bible is God’s Word and that its authority is absolute. One of the early divisions took place because there were some who viewed the Bible as only “partially inspired”, believing that portions of the Genesis record (in chapters 1–3) were allegorical and not literally true. In 1885 the Central Fellowship separated from those who had this view of Scripture and also from those who would not take this action. It was as a result of this that the cover of The Christadelphian magazine had the statement, “The Bible, True, Wholly Inspired and Infallible”, printed on it; and also the Statement of Faith had “The Foundation” added to it.

“The Foundation” appears at the head of the Statement of Faith and is worthy of our constant remembrance. It reads: “That the book currently known as the Bible, consisting of the Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes at present extant or available in the earth, and that the same were wholly given by inspiration of God in the writers, and are consequently without error in all parts of them except such as may be due to errors of transcription or translation (2 Tim 3:16; 1 Cor 2:13; Heb 1:1; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 Cor 14:37; Neh 9:30; John 10:35).”

The Scriptures appended to “The Foundation” are emphatic statements and brook no compromise or duplicity. The Bible is God’s inspired or “Godbreathed” Word, its authority is absolute and beyond the challenge of mere mortals. And yet how few accept its claim today. As a result the beliefs and convictions of many have been undermined. Who would be prepared to follow the teachings and morals of the Bible, if they did not believe them to be authoritative, Divine revelation? No wonder the moral and spiritual state of the world is in such a parlous state. It is because we believe what is written in God’s Word, that we obey its commands, follow its principles and hold fast to its doctrines: or the Psalmist says, “I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I have believed, therefore have I spoken” (116:9–10).

In a recent gathering of leading Anglican Churchmen in Norwich, three out of the five did not believe in either the virgin birth of Christ or his resurrection! This fact was the cause of protest by laymen. No wonder such men think that they can vary and change the clear teaching of the Bible. But, alas, we should not be surprised because the Lord warned that, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt 24:37).

It is a course of consolation and an anchor of the soul to know and believe that the Creator of heaven and earth is the author of the Bible. He is the One Who has “given us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). He has “laid in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste [be ashamed]” (Isa 28:16). When we build our lives upon the foundation of Christ, we know that we are doing what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, and that our house will stand in the day of account and not fall (Matt 7:24–27).

Jesus’ view of the Scriptures is the same as our Brotherhood’s. There were occasions when his reasoning was vindicated by a single word of Scripture, and he declared, “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:34-36; Psa 82:6). We notice, too, that he repulsed temptation by three times affirming the Divine authority of His Father’s words in the Scriptures, when he said, “It is written” (Matt 4:4, 7, 10). He accepted the absolute authority and truth of Scripture without question. It was what His Father, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, had caused to be written, and was beyond human disputings, reasonings and doubts.

The Bible is the foundation of our beliefs, teachings and doctrines. Our faith is founded on a rock which cannot be moved. Fallible mortal man can issue all the challenges and fulmination she likes against the fortress, but they will fall in a useless heap on the ground.

With Isaiah we can say, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (8:20). We know our doctrines are right and true because the Bible teaches them; we know the moral code we live by is right and true because it is endorsed by the Word of God. The wholesome practice of doing our “Daily Readings” ensures that the Word of Life is continually before us, and how we need the continual input to counteract the prevailing philosophies and faithless sophistry of men!

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing from whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”