"Genuine

     Christadelphians"

 

 We do not belong to the party

    that either plays with

     the truth, or doubts 

     the truth, or unsettles

     the truth by perpetual

      surmise and so-called

          "investigation".

    We belong to those with

       whom the truth is a

         settled thing, and 

           whose sole aim

  is to apply it, either in the enlightenment of the stranger, 

   the comfort of the believer,

       or the purification of

             the obedient.  

   We endorse absolutely the  

       position taken up by

   Dr. Thomas, when he said:-

 

   "Christadelphianism is a

   term representative of the

 system of the truth taught by

 the written word concerning

    Christ and his brethren.

      It represents the truth

 disinterred from the rubbish

            of clerical and

    denominational tradition,

 and sufficiently developed for

       all practical purposes

 connected with the remission

      of sins and eternal life.

   This is the great spiritual

 feature of the time of the end

 -the great light which shines

   upon the dark peoples of

   Britain and America...The

 scheme of human redemption

 has been brought out in all its

           particulars and

     scriptural proportions.

      It is not now a matter of

       search or discussion.

   What it is, is known to the initiated, who need not now to

  waste their energies in vain

    speculations and bootless

    investigation. They know

  what the truth is, and need

       not vex themselves in

    discussing the vagaries of

  mere novices who, like silly

 women, are ever learning and

       never able to come to

 the knowledge of the truth...

  They repudiate everlasting

  investigation, which implies

   search after the unknown.

   Periodicals that are always

   investigating are nuisances

   and not worth the postage.

      The apostacy abounds 

    with these. They discuss

everything and settle nothing..

 

Such investigating periodicals

           are of no use to

                 genuine

         Christadelphians.  

 

   These wisely seek to digest

     what they already have,

    that they may not remain

        babes and weaklings

              all their lives."

            Robert Roberts,

       'The Christadelphian'

      October 1892 page 388. 

 

        "an afflicted few"

 

We would rather walk with an afflicted few in the Scriptural purity of the hope of Israel (with all that that involves) than run with a prosperous multitude in the loose and polluted way of the natural man. The looseness may be convenient for the time being. But there hastens a time when it will be highly inconvenient. When God speaks again by Christ returned, the inconvenience of this adhesion to His holy narrow ways, will turn to easement, faciliation, felicitation, joy, and gladness.

 

What are His holy narrow ways? This is not an open question. If it is so with some, it cannot be with those whose minds have been made up for more than forty years, ever since Dr. Thomas pointed out these holy ways in the Scriptures. Dr Thomas sent them to the Scriptures in the understanding thereof, and in the daily company of the Scriptures they have remained, and are therefore rooted and grounded and planted and built up immoveably, knowing what they are about, and why they present an indomitable front to all suggestionists and investigators of various shapes and colours, who either cannot see or think they see farther, or think they discover flaws in the Christadelphian "platform", or who imagine they have discovered improvements in the position originally defined in Dr Thomas's writings...

                                                                     

              resolute adhesion

 

But experience over a wide and constantly fermenting field shows that unless there is resolute adhesion to the position of Divine wisdom recovered with much difficulty during the last two generations, there is danger of easily losing it all: not all at once, but point by point-one point at a time till all is gone. How many are now drowning in the dark and turbid waters of human folly who were once on the safe and sunny terra firma of Divine truth.    They became engulfed through an inveterate propensity for dabbling in the polluted flood. They should have kept away from the dangerous banks.

 

Though we are to "prove all things", we are not to be always proving them: having once proved them, the next thing is to "hold fast that which is good". This is the attitude of the Christadelphian, from which it cannot be drawn or driven while the present editor lives. There are a thousand voices against it, and they are always filling the air, but wisdom is wisdom, however faintly heard in the world-hubbub. The hubbub will die down wonderfully by-and-bye: wisdom will then have the field all to itself, under the patronage of the resurrected multitude of the friends of God, headed by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets.

 

                Robert Roberts,

        'The Christadelphian'

   November 1896 pages 428/9.

 

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