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Basics of Christadelphianism

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  • Christadelphianism teaches monism, God is one person. They reject the Biblical doctrine of the trinity.
  • Christadelphianism teaches that Jesus is a created being with a sin nature and not God as the Bible states. Yet, they teach that Jesus saved Himself and that He resurrected.
  • Christadelphianism teaches that baptism is required for salvation.
  • Christadelphianism teaches that the Bible is the infallible word of God, yet it denies so many of the basic teachings of the Bible.
  • Christadelphianism denies the existence of the fallen angel, Lucifer, the devil.
  • Unbiblical beliefs of the Christadelphians include: that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force; that man does not have an immortal soul; that Satan is not a personal being, but merely synonym for any adversary; that death is unconsciousness or annihilation; and that heaven and hell are myths.
  • Rather than restoring true Christianity, the Christadelphians deny the basic doctrines clearly outlined in the Bible and, as such, are like all false religion: a lie from the father of lies, Satan, who "walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8)."

Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death. Christadelphianism has mixed the revelation that comes from God with human ideas and doctrines of demons, they have polluted what is holy. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)

In the beginning, the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, created the heavens and the Earth and all that is in them in six days. Adam and Eve were the people God created directly. Satan, a fallen angel, took the form of a snake and tempted Eve to obey him rather than obeying God. Eve was deceived and Adam also followed Eve in disobedience to God. There is a spiritual principle that whoever you yield yourself as slave to obey, that's whose slave you are. Adam and Eve became slaves to Satan and were put out of the paradise of God and were cursed. No one knows what the original state was, but we do know that a major change took place in the creation when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Since God had put the entire creation under the authority of humanity, the entire creation fell along with humanity. This condition has been inherited by every human being who has ever been born, and all except one have continued to obey Satan as slaves to him.

In about 1,700 years, slavery to Satan had become so intense and violence had become so terrible on the Earth that God destroyed every living thing on the planet with a worldwide flood. We can see evidence of this flood everywhere. Most of the fossils under the Earth were quickly buried during this mighty catastrophe. That's why we see clams and fish at the tops of all the mountains. Most land animals floated and bloated and being the last to be buried as the layers of sediment were being laid down. Simple creatures tended to be buried first and are mostly found in the lower layers of sediment. To end the flood, God raised up the mountains and lowered the valleys in what appears to be a mighty earthquake that caused the water to run off quickly into the depths we now call oceans.

One man named Noah was spared along with His family. God had Noah prepare a huge boat and put enough of each kind of animal God had created to replenish the Earth after the flood. From those forms of life that God originally created have sprung up a wide variety of life. One dog kind produced a wide variety of dogs, coyotes, etc. One cat kind produced a wider variety of cats from house cats to lions and tigers. From Noah's family has come all the variety of people we now see.

Within a few years, pride took hold of men under Nimrod. They decided to build a tower to heaven. God put a stop to that by confusing their languages. No one could understand anyone and the building stopped. This is one of the reasons that there are so many languages in the world today.

About 300 years after the great flood, God selected a man, Abraham, and promised that His salvation would come through Abraham's family. Next, God selected one of Abraham's sons, Isaac. Then, God selected one of Isaac's sons, Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons, and their families became twelve tribes. Those twelve tribes became slaves in Egypt, but God set them free about 850 years after the flood. God gave them His law (which is love), and they swore that they would obey it, but they did not obey. About 1,500 years after the flood, God's people became slaves in Babylon because of their disobedience. God eventually set them free only to be put in bondage again by the Romans.

During the captivity under the Romans, God sent His own Son, Jesus, to live a life of perfect obedience to the Father. The Holy Ghost enveloped a virgin named Mary, and she gave birth to Jesus, Who was 100% God and 100% man. Jesus never obeyed Satan and always obeyed His Heavenly Father. Finally, Jesus allowed envious men to kill Him. In so doing, He made Himself the perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of every person who ever lived or who would ever live. In this, He provided both forgiveness by suffering the penalty for sin and also deliverance from the power of sin. Every person has been born as a slave to Satan and slave to sin. Jesus offers forgiveness and freedom to anyone who will accept it.

Jesus rose from the dead as victor and ascended into heaven. He then showed Himself to over 500 witnesses to His resurrection, and many of these witnesses were killed because they would not deny what they saw. When Jesus ascended, He gave gifts to men, giving some apostles, some prophets, some bearers of good news. some shepherds, and some teachers. He also set pattern for the Church. That pattern is recorded in the New Testament, most of which was written within a few years of Jesus' ascension. In part, it consists of a government of traveling elders and deacons called apostles, local elders and deacons, and families. Marriage is a vital part of this pattern. He set an order of worship in which every Christian is a ministry and has a ministry. The order of tithing was followed.

The Church turned from God's pattern by the second century. A chief elder was set. Elders had been the Bishops (overseers). Now, the Bishop was set over the Elders and the Bishops began to receive a salary. A Church hierarchy was established, and that grew into a monarchy. They stopped laying hands on members for the receiving of gifts of the Spirit. The Church descended into the dark ages. God began restoring in the fourteenth century and is still restoring what was lost.

In contrast to Christadelphianism, followers of Christ receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by Christadelphianism compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him.

The Holy Spirit does not teach what Christadelphianism teaches. God is one. Yes. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--three persons, one God. The Holy Spirit teaches us these things though Scripture and through experience with God.

Christ is God. He is eternal. He was incarnated, but not created. He has always been God. He had a flesh, inherited from His mother. The Bible says that. He never once yielded to His flesh and only ever obeyed the Father.

Though Christadelphianism claims that it believes that the Bible is the infallible word of God, yet they deny the Bible. The Holy Spirit tells us, through the Bible, that Satan, Lucifer, the fallen angel, exists, and that he is the devil. It also tells us of many fallen angels, the demons, principalities and powers. We may not understand everything about this, but we do know what the Bible says.

Christadelphians say that man does not have an immortal soul. The Holy Spirit says, through the Bible, that man is spirit, mind (soul), and body. This is a crucial understanding for the Christian walk with Jesus.

Christadelphians claim that heaven and hell are myths, but the Holy Spirit says that heaven and hell are real. We may not understand everything about them, and there are many myths put out by Christian organizations that are not false religions, yet heaven and hell are real. Just because God has not revealed everything to us about a subject, that does not mean that the things that He has revealed are not true.

God's plan for this hour is not to make all religions and philosophies get along. His plan is to have a people, a remnant company, who continue to discover Him, to walk with Him until they come into perfect unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to one totally complete man (the Body of Christ and the Head, Jesus), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.

Christadelphianism and Christianity

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  • Christadelphianism tries to present itself as just one more way of being a Christian. In fact, they even claim to believe the Bible as the infallible word of God, yet, they deny important parts of the Bible. They deny the deity of Christ and they deny the Triune God. The main focus of any false religion is to confuse the saints of God and to destroy the work of God. This is evident in the work of Christadelphianism and the way that it has looked for every way to infiltrate the Church.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of a Supreme Being

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  • Christadelphianism teaches monism, God is one person. They reject the Biblical doctrine of the trinity.
  • Christadelphianism teaches that the Holy Spirit is not a person of the Godhead.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of Jesus

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  • Christadelphianism teaches that Jesus is a created being with a sin nature and not God as the Bible states.
  • Christadelphianism teaches that Jesus did not exist prior to His incarnation.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of the Works of Jesus

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  • Christadelphianism teaches that Jesus needed to save Himself before He saved us.
  • Christadelphianism teaches against the substitutionary atonement of Christ.
  • Christadelphianism sees Jesus death on the cross as of no importance.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of Authority

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  • Christadelphianism teaches that the Bible is the infallible word of God.
  • They believe that Christianity is an apostasy and a false religious system.
  • Interpretations of the Bible are divergent from orthodox Christianity.
  • John Thomas taught that God left humanity floundering and in condemnation for 1800 years until revealing Himself to one man, John Thomas. John Thomas is the real authority of Christadelphianism.
  • Source: gotquestions.org/Christadelphianism.html
  • "Many Christadelphians have a profound understanding of Scripture, and apparently it is true that many, while still in Christadelphianism, have found a living faith in Christ through reading and studying the Bible for themselves."
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of a Humanity

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  • Christadelphianism teaches against the immortality of the human soul or that a person exists after death.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of the Human Problem

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  • Not understanding the Scripture according to the teachings of John Thomas.
  • Not obeying the commandments.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of the Solution to the Human Problem

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  • Christadelphianism teaches that baptism is needed for salvation.
  • Christadelphianism teaches against the substitutionary atonement of Christ.
  • Christadelphianism teaches against salvation by grace through faith alone.
  • "The Christadelphians believe that faith in Christ is the beginning point, but salvation is by no means completed there. While they do claim to teach "salvation by grace," that claim is buried beneath a landslide of demands for works righteousness." gotquestions.org/Christadelphianis.html
  • "Salvation, they believe, is the gift of God, but only bestowed on those whose works merit it."
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of Ethics, Values, and Morals

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  • Christadelphianism teaches a strict rule of marriage within Christadelphianism.
  • Another rule is that Christadelphians may not join the armed forces, police force or political parties.
  • There are thirty-five doctrines that Christadelphians must reject.
  • There are fifty-three commandments that Christadelphians must follow, and their salvation is tied to following them.
  • Breaking any of the rules can lead to something called disfellowshipping--sort of an excommunication.
 
Christadelphianism's Worldview of Judgment

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  • Christadelphianism teaches the annihilation of the wicked.
 


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