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A Guide to the Formation and Conduct of Christadelphian Ecclesias

The following is a list of “Doctrines to be Rejected” found in the first Christadelphian Statement of Faith used as an inter-congregational requirement. It was published in an 1883 Ecclesial Guide. It has 31 doctrines as opposed to the 35 “Doctrines to be Rejected” generally considered part of the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith today.

Doctrines to be Rejected

1.—That God is three persons.

2.—That the Son of God was co-eternal with the Father.

3.—That Christ was born with a “free life.”

4.—That Christ’s nature was immaculate.

5.—That Christ was of a different nature from other men

6.—That the Holy Spirit is a person distinct from the Father.

7.—That man has an immortal soul.

8.—That man consciously exists in death.

9.—That the wicked will suffer eternal torture in hell.

10.—That the righteous will ascend to the kingdoms beyond the skies when they die.

11.—That the devil is a supernatural personal being.

12.—That the Kingdom of God is “the church.”

13.—That the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ merely.

14.—That Christ will not come till the close of the thousand years.

15.—That the tribunal of Christ, when he comes, is not for the judgement of saints, but merely to divide among them different degrees of reward.

16.—That the resurrection is confined to the faithful.

17.—That the dead rise in an immortal state.

18.—That the subject-nations of the thousand years are immortal.

19.—That the law of Moses is binding on believers of the Gospel.

20.—That the observance of Sunday is a matter of duty.

21.—That baby-sprinkling is a doctrine of Scripture.

22.—That “heathens,” idiots, pagans, and very young children will be saved.

23.—That man can be saved by morality or sincerity, without the Gospel.

24.—That the Gospel alone will save, without the obedience of Christ’s commandments.

25.—That a man cannot believe without possessing the Spirit of God.

26.—That men are pre-destined to salvation unconditionally.

27.—That there is no sin in the flesh.

28.—That Joseph was the actual father of Jesus.

29.—That the earth will be burned up.

30.—That baptism is not necessary to salvation.

31.—That a knowledge of the truth is not necessary to make baptism valid.






Christadelphian Quotes

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)