C H R I S T A D E L P H I A N R E S E A R C H
Joining and Leaving the Christadelphians
A consideration of the processes involved in joining and leaving the Christadelphians.
Details of the major methods used by the community to try and convert people to the Christadelphian movement.
A description of the mental process through which a potential convert needs to go to and what they are required to do in order to become a member of the faith. In a way it’s a bit like a marriage of interests. There are deep seated reasons why people seek religious knowledge, experiences or even have material or social needs that a religion like the Christadelphians can appeal to. I would suggest conversion occurs when these seem to be sufficiently well aligned and an in-depth article on the “appeal of the Christadelphians” may be worth another article at some stage.
Those who leave or who are disfellowshipped usually have have more in-depth knowledge and experience because of a more mature association with the community than “someone from outside” to use Christadelphian terminology. This article consideres some of the major reasons why people leave.
A description of the practice of disfellowshipping and how it is undertaken.
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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)