“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it” (JEREMIAH 6:16-19).
“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set” (PROVERBS 22:28).
We believe that the Bible is God’s perfect Word; that Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh; that He died to be a willing sacrifice unto God and that Jesus requires all of His followers to repent and be born again (see the chapter on salvation under the FAQ section).
If the reader were able to look one hundred years into the past, or had some knowledge of Christian history throughout the ages, then “Our Beliefs”, in these Christian Assemblies International ("CAI"), would seem quite conservative and straightforward compared to those of old times. Today, however, with the change of attitudes and customs following the decline of biblical influence on the formerly Christian nations of the West, some may find the ideas that follow somewhat challenging.
Nevertheless, history bears witness to the radically different approach of our Christian forefathers. If one visits St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, turns right inside the front doors and walks to the side, one will see the baptismal tank, designed for full immersion baptism, with the Scripture ACTS 2:38 engraved upon it. The early Methodists / Wesleyans were encouraged by their founder, John Wesley, to seek after the spiritual gifts (see 1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-10) and he encouraged praying in tongues, as did Martin Luther. 1
One hundred years ago the Salvation Army, under the command of General Booth, announced, "The Christian Mission has met in Congress to make War. It has organised a Salvation Army to carry the Blood of Christ and the fire of the Holy Ghost into every corner of the world." Scenes were often witnessed at their meetings where large numbers of people were struck to the floor by the power of God while General Booth preached. Their converts spoke in tongues and these signs have been manifest throughout Christian history.
The reader who takes the time to study the beliefs and teaching of these Assemblies will see that the “National Israel Message” (or “British Israel” as it is more commonly known) has provided great insight and knowledge for those who wish to understand God’s purpose and plan concerning the nations of this world. However, in the U.S.A. and various other countries including Australia, the church work known as the ‘Christian Identity Movement’ (C.I.M.) has, unfortunately, exaggerated the “National Israel Message” by focusing on certain aspects of the Old Testament, which are ‘made anew’ in the New Testament. This ‘wresting’ of certain Old Testament scriptures has caused such ‘C.I.M.’ groups to stress the division between the races, which in turn has led to the false premise that Jesus only died for the ‘white’ nations. The Bible tells us that ‘Israel’ is indeed God’s “servant nation”, showing His purpose here on earth, but even the Old Testament gives clear permission for the Egyptians and other nations to come and worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. A much deeper study of this subject can be seen in the National Israel section.
Jesus Christ did indeed order His first disciples to go forth and seek out the
“lost sheep of the house of Israel” (MATTHEW 10:6). Many ministers of religion today ‘spiritualise’ such verses, and will not admit that most of the Bible is written for God’s peoples - the Israelite and the Judahite nations. BUT - Praise God, He sent His Son to give ALL of us a way of salvation. He has extended His wonderful salvation to ALL who call upon His Name and repent, whatever their background: ROMANS 9:6-8 and ROMANS 11:17-27 demonstrate this clearly. These verses also show us that we ought to fear and respect God, and learn to follow His ways, lest we be cast aside through our unbelief (or “disobedience”, as the original Greek language of the Bible says).
Many Christian churches are becoming troubled at the rather extreme and militaristic stance of some of these ‘C.I.M.’ groups. God’s Word commands obedience to the State, as seen in ROMANS 13:1-7. If followed by the church, the instruction of this scripture would avoid the tragic kind of situation witnessed at Waco. If a country’s government were to turn so evil as to outlaw Christianity, then the answer would be the same as that of the saints who suffered in Nero’s day. We in the CAI want to make it categorically clear that we do not support and have long since withdrawn all communications with ‘Christian Identity Movement’ groups, because of their negative attitude to the non-white races and their dangerous slide towards a policy of ‘revenge’ or taking ‘religious rights’ into their own hands. This is forbidden by the Word of God and we condemn such ideas as not being that of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, who let Himself be crucified, and who commands us to lose our lives if need be. We are also very sceptical of the “Conspiracy Theories” which seem to emanate from such groups.
It could be simply written here that if one were to visit the websites of churches such as the Assemblies of God, the Elim Pentecostal Church or The United Pentecostal Church (apart from their strict doctrine of “Oneness”), their opening statements, constitutions and “What We Believe” pages would be seen to contain virtually the same fundamental beliefs as ours.
The Bible Studies section on this website will give the reader a more complete picture of what we in the CAI stand for. However, below we would like to bring your attention to an aspect of Christianity that is often disregarded or little known by most believers today, either through lack of awareness of their own heritage, or because of modern-day "political correctness". The Word of God, however, does not change and never will.
“For I am the LORD, I change not …” MALACHI 3:6.
“… the scripture cannot be broken …” JOHN 10:35.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” LUKE 21:33.
Read on to find out what very few Christians dare to preach today: The Old Paths.
- 1. "This was how God's weapon was buried, but the victories gained by him remain in eternity. Luther was easily the greatest evangelist after the Apostles: As full of deep love for the Lord as John; as quick in deed as Peter; as deep in thought as Paul; as keen and strong in word as Elias; as restless against God's enemies as David. Prophet and Evangelist, both speaker in tongues and interpreter in one person, having all the gifts of grace, and being a light and pillar of the church. Displaying a good example of German manner and Christian behaviour in his house; a master of the German language; in all things as simple as a child and yet deeply taught; working and labouring tirelessly, yet giving honour to God and his Saviour alone. Often in distress, persecuted and mocked at and yet always joyful; poor but bringing abundant riches. Oh, that the memory of this righteous man may remain blessed!" Taken and translated from: Theodor Sauer, Geschichte der Christlichen Kirche ('History of the Christian Church') für Schule und Haus. Rudolf Kuntze's Verlagsbuchandlung, Dresden (1859), p. 400.