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Doctrines to be Rejected

The Doctrines to be Rejected are usually included with the main Christadelphian statements of faith such as the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith and a formalised list of the Commands of Christ in the Typical Constitution of a Christadelphian meeting.

The standard current list differs from the original list in the original Birmingham Statement of Faith in that it has 35 instead of 31 doctrines to be rejected. Numbers 1, 32, 33, 34 and 35 are added. One has also been removed, a specific denial that Christ was of a different nature to other men. Numbers 19 and 29 have been slightly altered.

Doctrine to be rejected 22, “That “heathens,” idiots, pagans, and very young children will be saved.” is sometimes altered to “We reject the doctrine - that those without knowledge - through personal choice, immaturity, or lack of mental capacity - will be saved.” I have heard the reason given being to clarify its archaism, but suspect the main motive is to try and soften the fact that it blatantly sounds lacking in grace. There are too many archaisms to find the first reason that credible.

Doctrine to be rejected 35 had the inclusion “or as police constables” added in 1917. This is often added to some, but missed from others. I suspect it originates from the dispute that led to the Berean division.

Although this list is supposed to be the official basis of unity today in the Christadelphians it has been known for ecclesias and groups to unilaterally increase the requirements to be a Christadelphian. For instance the Logos Magazine presented a list as the Christadelphian list for some time with three extra added. Others miss the entire list out altogether:

1. That the Bible is only partly the work of inspiration -- or if wholly so, contains errors which inspiration has allowed.

(Further Consideration: The Authority of the Bible )

2. That God is three persons.

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

4. That Christ was born with a “free life.”

5. That Christ’s nature was immaculate.

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 judgment 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.

(“on believers of the Gospel” not in the original list)

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.

(see above note)

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

(Further Consideration: Christadelphian Process of Salvation)

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 predestined 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 destroyed.

(original list used phrase “burned up,” rather than destroyed)

30. That baptism is not necessary to salvation.

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

32. That some meats are to be refused on the score of uncleanness.

(not in original list)

33. That the English are the ten tribes of Israel, whose prosperity is a fulfillment of the promises made concerning Ephraim.

(not in original list)

34. That marriage with an unbeliever is lawful.

(not in original list)

35. That we are at liberty to serve in the army, or as police constables (see above note), take part in politics, or recover debts by legal coercion.

(not in original list)






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)