A confessional society requires its members to affirm a statement of belief and to commit to prayerful support.
Our members re-sign this foundational statement every year. This "Basis" was originally written when BCMS (now Crosslinks) was founded. The Basis of the Society describes the theological position of Crosslinks. It is a historical document reflecting the language and issues of 1923 when it was written. Agreeing with the Basis of the Society is a prerequisite of membership.
- Belief in the Grace of God, as manifested in the Love and Righteousness of God the Father, the Redeeming work of God the Son, and the Quickening Power of God the Holy Ghost.
- Belief in the essential Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His Incarnation and Virgin Birth; the truthfulness of all His utterances; the all sufficiency of His atoning Death; His corporeal Resurrection, Ascension, and Coming Again.
- Belief that the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament are wholly trustworthy, historically as well as in matters of faith and doctrine; that such Scripture is the unerring Revelation of God, the one Rule of Faith, and the final Court of Appeal.
- Belief that we are by nature dead in trespasses and sins; that we are called according to God's purpose by His Spirit working in us; that through Grace we obey the call; that by faith only, on account of the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are justified freely; that we become the sons of God by adoption, to be transformed into His image, to walk in good works, and at length to attain to everlasting felicity.
- Belief that the death of our Lord Jesus Christ was "a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world"; that His sacrifice once for all offered and accepted, can never again be repeated or represented; and that "there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone".
- Belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Priest and Mediator between God and man, and that the direct access of the soul to God is through His precious Blood without the intervention of any sacrificial priesthood.
- Belief that the theories of Sacerdotalism concerning the mechanical conveyance of grace in Baptism, Confirmation, the Supper of the Lord, and Ordination, whether these be professed in doctrine or implied in ritual, are "grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but, rather, are repugnant to the Word of God".
- Belief that a sacrificial priesthood has no place in the Ministry of the Church of Christ, but that such Ministry is for preaching, teaching, pastoral oversight and administration.
- Belief that there is a distinction between the various visible Churches of Christendom and the one mystical Church of God which consists of all who are born again of the Spirit of God.
- Belief that the Child of God is called to a life-long witness to the Lord Jesus Christ and to a humble following of Him in daily life.