THIS IS A SUMMARY OF OUR POSITION
by means of
A SELECTION FROM PAGES ON THIS WEB-SITE
which may assist you,our viewers, in deciding if
the purpose of these pages is of interest to you
(together they summarise our position)
*our history *our name *our purpose *our hope
*lessons from the past *warnings for the present
John Thomas(later quoted by Robert Roberts)wrote:
“Christadelphianism” is a term representative of the
system of the Truth taught in the written word con-
cerning Christ and His brethren.
It represents the Truth disinterred from the rubbish
of clerical and denominational tradition”.
This was the epoch of the re-discovery of the Truth from the
rubbish of history, where it had lain unseen and unwanted,
except for the few, during the dark ages of Rome's supremacy.
During this time, an Englishman named John Thomas was en-
route to America when the ship in which he was travelling was
in grave danger of being wrecked. Being deeply moved by the
fact that he had little familiarity with the word of God, & its
teaching concerning life & death, he made a vow that if he was
spared, he would not rest until he had found the Truth. By the
providence of God, this was finally achieved. He accepted the
Truth and was baptized in AD1847.
During the American civil war, in order to identify a small body
of believers who objected to taking up arms, he coined the name
'Christadelphian' - which means 'brother or sister of Christ'….
cp Matt.12v50; Heb.2v11.
this site has been created for
the promotion of 2 objectives-
SOUND DOCTRINE AND SOUND FELLOWSHIP
God has given wondrous promises-
they include life, land, & kingdom
Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 5v5-
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit
the earth"...this is the only hope of the believer
THIS FOUNDATION PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE IS INVOLVED
IN THE NEXT TWO PROMISES, THOSE OF LAND & KINGDOM.
HOW OTHERWISE CAN WE GAIN AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE?
John Thomas later wrote 'Elpis Israel' (The Hope of Israel)
which is an integral part of the Gospel..cp Acts 28v20.
The Sacrifice of Christ
has accomplished two things
1 Sin has been condemned
2 The promises have been confirmed
Romans 8v3 & 15v8
THEREFORE WE CAN GAIN ETERNAL LIFE
AND INHERIT THE PROMISES WHEN JESUS
"Unity is a beautiful and desirable thing, but
it has conditions and it requires no pleas.
Where it exists it exerts itself like a law of nature…
THE ONLY PRACTICABLE RULE OF
OPERATION AT PRESENT IS FELLOWSHIP
ON THE BASIS OF ONENESS OF MIND".
That it is the duty of the friends of the truth to uphold it as a basis of
union among themselves by refusing to receive either those who deny
any part of it, or those who would receive those so denying.
'Biblical Fellowship - the protection of the Truth'-Robert Roberts
By what means shall a community, based on the truth, pre-
serve the truth in purity in its midst? Obviously by the means
indicated by Paul and John, that is, by exacting of all who are
in it an implicit adherence to the things, facts, principles,
points, tenets, or whatever else they may be called, which go to
make up the truth in its entirety and by refusing to associate
with those who oppose or refuse to endorse any of its elements.
The ecclesia is not a place for argument; it is for worship in
agreement. When a man requires to be argued with, his na-
tural place is outside, and if he will not go outside, separa-
tion must be enforced by withdrawal on the part of the rest.
Division is the inevitable concomitant of an uncompromising
adherence to the truth. Peace purchased at the cost of com-
promise is doubly dangerous.
The truth is the standard and must alone be allowed to rule.
'Contending for the Faith'-Robert Roberts
Representatives from assemblies of believers should never be
given authority to legislate independently in any way atall.
This is totally unscriptural, and has proven to be the downfall
of any who have been involved. And it has encompassed a great
number of individuals who have renounced their own respon-
sibility before God. It occurs in situations where disciples have
already lost that love of the Truth which alone will guarantee its
preservation from corruption. Looked at in this light, it is seen
to be a natural corollary of declension which already exists.
True believers will have none of this, and will never abrogate
their personal God-given independence of judgment, and their
personal responsibility before God. Paul wrote to Timothy:
"keep that which is committed to thy trust"
1st Timothy 6v20
Paul also wrote that if we do our humble part, the Lord will
"keep that which (we) have committed unto him
against that day"
2nd Timothy 1v12
Each assembly and individual should exercise this "independ-
ence of judgment and responsibility before God". In so doing,
we SAFEGUARD THE TRUTH AMONGST US. This is the
freest & fullest expression of liberty in Christ to which we are
divinely entitled, i.e. the liberty (as a trust from God-see above)
in Christ, to judge for ourselves where the truth of any matter
lies. In fact, if we did not enjoy this liberty, we would be subject
(as in the apostate "churches") to the greatest dictatorship
which is conceivable, i.e. the dictatorship of bondage to error.
LESSONS FROM THE PAST
The history of the Truth has always been one of a struggle to
preserve the integrity of the inspired word of God against all
the corrupting influences which occur everywhere about us.
In the recording of past events, names are omitted*. Our aim
is to highlight the principles involved, which recur time and
time again. If we do not learn the lessons of the past, it is in-
evitable that the same disasters will ultimately be repeated..
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap"- Galatians 6v7.
*except where they form the title of an iniquitous document
On page 2 we shall briefly trace the adoption of
false teachings into apostate 'Christianity'. We shall also
give approximate dates for the inception of unscriptural
teachings which are all subversive of the Truth. These
only serve to perpetuate the bondage of superstition, and
the dictatorship of a fallible order of men who promote
idolatry, to their own and their followers' condemnation.
'Departure from the Truth' page 1
Regarding the above,John Thomas wrote-"The Apocalypse was
given to the end that the servants of the Deity who are keeping
their garments might be able to discern the signs of the times
preceding the apocalypse of Christ; and the real nature of things
extant in their several generations. No believer, understanding
this prophecy, could be seduced into fellowship with the clerical
institutions of the world; because he would see them in all their
native deformity and sin".
'The Lord's Day' page 1
So those who adopted these heresies became absorbed into
the society in which they lived, instead of being a separate
people,dedicated to God through His Son Jesus Christ. One
of the perverters wrote thus - "the notions which I derive
out of the writings of the Gentiles serve first to water and
soften the earthy parts of the soul, that the spiritual seed
may be the better cast in, and take vital root in the heart of
men". With "friends" like this, the Truth needed no ene-
mies, and the slide into disaster became irreversible.
WARNINGS FOR THE PRESENT
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, inconti-
nent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady,
highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having
a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such
turn away".."even their mind and conscience is defiled".
2nd Timothy 3v1-5; Titus 1v15.
No better words could have been chosen to describe this evil age.
They apply equally to the "last days" of Jewish & Gentile times.
Coincidental with these worldly evils of the flesh has come a re-
newed effort by errorists to have their false doctrines adopted
by all in their fellowship. And in this we see a "re-run" of events
which we have documented elsewhere - link to 'departure'.
Those who uphold the Truth in its purity maintain a separate
identity so that the precious elements of saving doctrine might
be preserved in the earth - link to 'appeal' for more details.
The Truth is made up of various facets, and the basic fundamentals that
we highlight on this site are all inter-related. It is impossible to reject any
of these truths without undermining the whole. It is similar to a building
where one or more of the foundations may be missing, or otherwise is
shown to be inadequate. The integrity of the whole structure is compro-
mised. In our examination of various false ideas on the Sacrifice of
Christ this will be found to be the case.
TRUTH VERSUS ERROR ON THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST
The hallmark of all heretical teachings is that in some way they
present the Lord's sacrificial death as substitutionary, and not
representative. The truth is that Jesus needed saving from the re-
sults of sin at the beginning, because He was born of a woman.
His sin-cursed nature, equally with the nature of those whom He
came to save, needed to be condemned by a sinless sacrifice.
ERROR 'The Sacrifice of Christ was of benefit for Himself, but
only because it involved His final act of obedience. It did not in-
volve a personal need for purification from "sinful flesh" by sac-
rifice and resurrection'.
(we give our ‘Pioneer’ brother the final word)
"The word sin is used in two principal acceptations in the scripture..It
is that in the flesh "which has the power of death"; and it is called sin,
because the development, or fixation, of this evil in the flesh, was the
result of transgression. Inasmuch as this evil principle pervades every
part of the flesh, the animal nature is called "sinful flesh"..Sin, I say,
is a synonym for human nature. Hence, the flesh is invariably regarded
as unclean..Sin could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus,
if it had not existed there..Sinful flesh being the hereditary nature of
the Lord Jesus, he was a fit and proper sacrifice for sin...The great
principle to be compassed was THE CONDEMNATION OF SIN IN
SINFUL FLESH, INNOCENT OF ACTUAL TRANSGRESSION".
- John Thomas, 'Elpis Israel'.
One final point should be noted. Because this 3rd
application of the messages deals with the period
of the re-discovery of the Truth since AD1847, it
outlines those events which have occurred within
"Christadelphia". It will therefore be of intense
interest to all those who would be numbered with
the faithful at the coming of Christ.
In many ways, these last-day periods are the most remarkable of
them all. It is incredible to realise that the messages which Jesus
Christ gave to the 7 Ecclesias in the Apocalypse over 1900 years
ago are still being worked out before our very eyes today. And it
can initially make us feel inadequate for the task ahead. But this
has always been the lot of God's people, a "permanent minority"
during their pilgrimage. We are encouraged by the words of the
Apostle Paul - "If God be for us, who can be against us?". Also,
"there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few"...
"God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the
things which are mighty" to the end "that no flesh should glory
in his presence" - Romans 8v31;1st Sam. 14v6;1st Cor. 1v27,29.
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