Welcome to Biblical Truth Seekers (UK).
The purpose of this website is to focus on the truths to be found in the Holy Scriptures, which we accept as inspired by God and as His revelation of Himself and His purpose to mankind.
We are affiliated with the Restoration Fellowship, the growing number of other Restoration Churches of God, and the Church of God General Conference (including the Atlanta Bible College) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
NOTE: The Church of God was founded in the 1850s and The Restoration Fellowship was founded by Sir Anthony Buzzard, Bt., MA (Oxon.) MA Th. in 1981 and is dedicated to further recovering the beliefs of Jesus the Messiah and his first-century disciples.
Our faith is described as “The Abrahamic Faith” which is another biblical term for Christianity. As well as discerning from the Scriptures who God is (Deut 6:4; Mark 12:28-29) we advocate Jesus’ primary message concerning “the Good News of the Kingdom of God.”
So if you have concerns about some of the traditional teachings of the mainstream churches or have concerns about some of the more unusual teachings of other denominations, such as the World-Wide Church of God, the Seventh-Day Adventists, Pentecostalism, the Christadelphians, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses etc., then this website may be helpful to you. The approach to Bible study taken by members of the above fellowships is that of the standard historical-grammatical method along with analysis of the many helpful works of the professional scholars.
These study papers are the result of 9 years of full-time research and preparation up to now. Their presentation is with as much Scripture as is reasonably possible as well as with the minimal of personal commentary. Naturally there are times when there will be further reasoning on these issues and more background information must be given. This comes primarily from up-to-date Bible commentaries, Bible encyclopaedias and Greek/English and Hebrew/English lexicons and grammars as well as reasoning on the combined details of the Scriptures.
In focusing on the beliefs of various denominations, the aim is to reveal what is the actual biblical teaching. In other words, the revealing of error is so that truth becomes evident.
If we have stated anything that is factually incorrect, especially concerning the beliefs of other Christian groups, we would appreciate your comments via e-mail. We also welcome constructive discussions with Bible-believers in a respectful manner on any of these subjects and issues. This is because we recognize that it would be arrogant to claim that the results of our research are correct in all areas.
Our Fundamental beliefs are that:
- Only the 66 books of the Bible contain the inspired message of God. All translations (not paraphrases) from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek copies contain relatively few errors (but some errors are significant).
- God is the almighty creator of the universe. He is one person – the Father. The concepts of the Binity and the Trinity are unscriptural.
- Jesus is the fully human Messiah as one uniquely and miraculously begotten by God at the time of his conception in Mary. Therefore he did not pre-exist his birth and so is not the Almighty God, or a God/man or a pre-human spirit person. (Theologians show that the Scriptures which are used in support of either the Trinity doctrine or of a pre-existent Jesus can and do have a different interpretation to that which is traditionally given them).
- The holy spirit is God’s powerful outreach to His creation – it is God in action. This means that holy spirit is personal but not a third person.
- Jesus is the substitutionary sin-offering to pay for Adam’s sin and to cover the sins of those who are repentant.
- Jesus is now, by means of resurrection, in heaven at God’s right hand. He is fully human but no longer mortal having been granted immortality and imperishability in his own, but now glorified, human body.
- Humans are constituted as a unity with no inherently immortal soul or immortal spirit which departs to heaven or hell at death.
- Only Jesus went to heaven. This was for the purpose of serving as the High Priest and the helper/advocate for Christians.
- The destiny of all true Christians is not heaven at any time, but to become immortal humans on a future renewed earth in the Kingdom of God.
- Jesus remains in heaven at God’s right hand only “until the times of restoration of all things about which God spoke…” (Acts 3:21).
- This restoration begins after the Great Tribulation when Jesus returns. However, Christians should never set dates or close approximations concerning when Jesus will return (Matt. 24:36; Acts 1:7), although they should be alert to the appearance of the sign of the impending return of Jesus, namely, “when you see the desolating abomination standing where he [the Antichrist] should not…” (Mark 13:14).
- Christians must expect to experience this future Great Tribulation of approximately three and a half years ( Dan. 7:25; 9:27; 12:7, 11; Rev. 11:2; 12: 6, 7, 14; 13:4, 5, 7) if they are living at the time it occurs.
- The once only return (parousia/apokalypsis) of Jesus will occur “immediately after” the Great Tribulation for the purposes of:
- Giving imperishability and immortality to all true Christians – both the dead (through resurrection) and the living.
- Destroying the incorrigibly wicked rejectors of Jesus’ rulership during the time of God’s wrath i.e. “the day of Yahweh/day of the Lord.”
- Establishing God’s Kingdom on Earth (Matt. 5:5, 6:10).
- The first resurrection, which is to immortality on earth, and the “change” of living Christians to immortality will occur when Jesus descends toward earth (1 Thess 4:16, 17) immediately after the Great Tribulation.
- The establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth will end all the warring among the nations and create a paradise of peace (Isa. 2:4).
- The final destiny of the incorrigibly wicked is their destruction. There is no place of eternal torment in literal fire.
- After the literal “thousand years” all the rest of mankind will be resurrected to mortality to be judged.
- Because humans have ‘free will’ Christians do not have ‘eternal security.’ Therefore, all Calvinist and “Once Saved Always Saved” teachings are false. Christians must remain faithful to the end (Matt 24:13).
- Satan and the demons, as real spirit beings with supernatural power, are major enemies of God and have the goal of deceiving mankind regarding God’s Truth.
- The modern-day phenomenon of “speaking in tongues” has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. The biblical miraculous abilty to speak in foreign languages ceased at an unknown point in the early centuries (1 Cor. 13:8).
- Christians are not required to keep the Sabbath or the Mosaic food laws. Christians are in the New Covenant which has superseded the Old Covenant.
- Baptism by full immersion in water upon reception of “the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 8:12; Luke 24:27).
- Christians are required to preach and teach God’s good news message about the coming Kingdom to be headed by Jesus Christ (Acts 8:12), as well as to teach the entire biblical truth.
- None of the creatures of Earth exist as a result of biological macro-evolution.
- There is no room for teachings which promote elitism or prejudice in Christianity. “God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:35).
Our understanding of other subjects will become clear to the truth-seeker as he or she reads the Study papers. However, on any of these issues, the receipt of further factual information will lead to our reconsidering the subject and may result in a change in our understanding.