C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
The Christadelphian Belief System
Understanding what Christadelphians believe is fairly simple and is well laid out in their publications. Involved in the establishment of these beliefs are a number of foundational assumptions that need some consideration. These include its formative reliance on one man in particular, John Thomas, and beliefs about the Bible and its interpretation which he inherited from others. In this process he dismissed church authority, creeds and widely accepted interpretations of the Bible and promoted in their place “independence of thought.” This section is called “The Christadelphian Belief System” because Christadelphian beliefs have not existed in isolation of these factors.
Christadelphians usually make out a case for seeking out “the Truth” from scripture. Here is the essence of the challenge presented and a consideration of the elements necessary for a critical analysis.
If we look at the history of the Christadelphians we find that their unique theological positions resulted from the personal belief of John Thomas that he was teaching a restoration of the apostolic gospel. This article considers the theological implications involved in this position.
The Christadelphians claim to base their teachings on the Bible alone and will seek to prove themselves theologically by using proof quotes and arguments based on this position.
A basic consideration of some of the major Christadelphians beliefs
- Basic Overview of Christadelphian Beliefs
- Christadelphians and Money
- The Denial of Supernatural Elements in Scripture
- The Nature of Christ
- The Christadelphian Process of Salvation
- The World and the Body of Christ
- Conscientious Objection
- The Concept of Christian Fellowship
Promoting the soon return of Christ in the light of contemporary “signs of the times” has been THE major recruiting tool of the movement and the re-establishment of the state of Israel is believed to validate that. A whole section is therefore allocated to give the topic some consideration.
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THE TRINITY HURDLE
NOVEL: HOLY BIBLE
You lay a great stress upon facts throughout your letters, and are incessant in your demand that I should attend to them. This is good; but facts have to be rightly put together, and then you must have all the facts. I do not think you put the facts rightly together, and you leave out some, I am sure.
(Robert Roberts, a Christadelphian Pioneer, quoted
by Ruth McHaffie in Brethren Indeed)
The Spirit of liberty, based upon the law of faith, is the Spirit of Christ; and this spirit all the Sons of God are privileged to possess, and having it, to breathe. I claim the right of exercising this privilege, as well as my contemporaries; and I require of them that they should do to me as once they loudly required others to do to them…
(written by John Thomas, the founder of the Christadelphians, when he was against creeds in
The Apostolic Advocate magazine, August 1836)
(John Thomas, from Apostacy Unveiled, p. 137,
quoted in The Christadelphian Magazine, January 1906)
Must a man never progress? If he discovers an error in his premises, must he for ever hold to it for the sake of consistency? May such a calamity never befall me! Rather let me change every day, till I get right at last.
(from a letter written by John Thomas in 1848, quoted by Robert Roberts, in Dr. Thomas: His Life and Work)
Do what is right; be valiant for the Truth; teach it without compromise, and all lovers of the Truth will approve you. For all others you need not care a rush!
(from a letter written by John Thomas to Robert Roberts and published in The Christadelphian magazine, February 1866)