C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
Message For the Children of Christadelphians
If anyone needs to properly understand and evaluate the Christadelphian community it is
You, like me, have probably been brought up and constantly heard how Christadelphians alone have “the Truth.” You, like me, have probably been brought up to view everyone else in them-versus-us terms. Mainstream society is “the world” and other Christians are at best misguided, at worst part of a worldwide apostasy from truth. Some of you are under pressure to decide whether or not to be baptised and which camp you will be on. I cannot tell you what to do or believe, but this site may provide information to help with that evaluation.
Unlike your parents it seems likely if you join the Christadelphians it will need to deal with greater challenges than they faced and you will be entering a community where the difference between the “inside” and “outside” is far greater. For many in the community today the rhetoric about struggle has been far greater than the reality. For many existing Christadelphians the community has provided creedal certainty and many have enjoyed financial and social benefits. Many of the older members can see the struggles you face and are glad they did not face them themselves, but that will not help you. Given a vision of the fall of Jerusalem Hezekiah was glad it was not to be in his days. Your predicament is more that of Daniel and you are going to need more than tradition.
The questions and issues this site raises, whilst provocative to some, may be very important for you. The Bible says very clearly “do not place your trust in men.” They will train you to follow a set of traditions, but consider carefully whether that leadership extends to the challenging issues in providing real ways forward. Make sure it works on all the levels.
Archaism, creeds and institutionalisation can be poor allies and no more effective than the city walls of Israel and Judah in the face of the Babylonian forces.
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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)