What is Christadelphianism? What do Christadelphians believe?

Question: “What is Christadelphianism, and what do Christadelphians believe?”

I asked myself this recently while speaking with a lady at work, who testified that she had come across this “interesting” belief system in an acquaintance of hers. In short, Christadelphians deny the deity of Christ, the reality of Satan, and the immortality of souls. Their doctrine has departed from the sound testimony a plain reading of the Bible gives and, if followed, is spiritual poison. I later did some digging for a solid, biblically-based article explaining Christadelphianism, and came up with an excellent example from http://www.gotquestions.org. They have kindly allowed people to reproduce their articles on external websites, with proper attribution, as given below:

Answer: The Christadelphian sect was founded in 1838 by John Thomas, a London-born physician-turned-Bible teacher. Like the founders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and Christian Scientists, Thomas believed he alone had found the truth of real Christianity. One wonders how these men could “study” the Bible and come to the conclusion that God would leave humanity floundering in the darkness of error and apostasy for 1800 years, only to finally reveal Himself to one man. Nevertheless, that is what John Thomas taught.

Christadelphianism teaches the same two lies as literally every cult and false religion: it denies the deity of Jesus Christ and preaches a works-based salvation. Regarding the deity of Christ, Christadelphianism teaches that Jesus was more than a man, but less than God. According to A. Hayward, in Great News for the World, p. 41, Jesus was a created being with “strength of character to right some of the most appalling wrongs of his time.” Christadelphians teach that Jesus had a sinful nature and he, too, needed salvation from sin, that he was not pre-existent and did not come into existence until he was born in Bethlehem. The Bible declares that Jesus was sinless. He “committed no sin” (1 Peter 2:22); “in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5); He “had no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21); He was “tempted in every way… yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). That Jesus was pre-existent is also evident from such passages as John 1, where He (the Word) was “in the beginning with God” (v. 2) and that all things that were created “were created through him” (v. 3) and that “he became flesh and dwelt among us” (v. 14). Denying that Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity is another universal characteristic of cults.

The second universally taught lie is that of salvation by works. 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. Salvation to the Christadelphians is a process, is not given at the point of faith in Christ, is dependent upon “belief in the covenants,” good works and baptism. Salvation, they believe, is the gift of God, but only bestowed on those whose works merit it. The Bible clearly teaches that “all our righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), that works cannot save us, and that no one can keep even the smallest part of the law. “For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). But “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us…” (Galatians 3:10). The Law, works, and personal righteousness are powerless to save us. Only faith in Christ and His perfect sacrifice on the cross can save us (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; John 3:16). We are saved by faith alone, in Christ alone. “For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). If, as the Christadelphians teach, we must merit our salvation through our own efforts, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21), and the free gift described in Ephesians 2:8-9 is not free at all.

Other unbiblical beliefs of the Christadelphians include the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force; man does not have an immortal soul; Satan is not a personal being, but merely a synonym for any adversary; death is unconsciousness or annihilation; and 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 religions – a lie from the father of lies, Satan, who “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christadelphianism.html#ixzz3DjNOWCzM

The Lord brought the following verse to mind as I was tidying up this article ready for publication, emphasizing the need to defend and proclaim sound doctrine:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
(2 Timothy 2:15)

Until next time, Lord willing.

Naomi

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5 thoughts on “What is Christadelphianism? What do Christadelphians believe?

    • No worries Levi, I figured I’d put up some information on them as I suspect very few people are aware of what they’re about.

      BTW, thank you for the prayer request from the Acts 12 Movement. I have reblogged on this site and will share on Facebook too. United in prayer, Christians have a restraining influence on the forces of darkness (of which ISIS are an example). I also prayed over this, this morning, for as many people as possible in ISIS to be transformed by God’s mercy and truth.

  1. I thought this was a very good summery Naomi of the Christadelphians and I agree with what you have written but have a warning, some who claim to believe in the Godhead or Trinity 3 in One, as They are called today have a different understanding than us and so they are also false teachers but some who teach error are just deceived or childish and confused Christians, yes as you shared we need to know what God says and Trust this not fleshy man.

    We cannot earn our Salvation Naomi it is free gift but we will show we have it as the Scriptures confirm many times, and no doubt you know some, so I will just share a few.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and The truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    Another thing we need to remember is our confirmation of God’s Truth comes from the Scriptures by the empowering of The Holy Spirit not what man has propagated regardless for how long he has done so. God tells us the Church will be in darkness in the end times and the shepherds will be leading their sheep into error and danger, we Trust Jesus our only Teacher, having asked for and received His wisdom and empowering. Yes God uses the foolishness of preaching but He is our final Authority for all Truth and He will revel what has been kept hidden and mysteries too.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)

    1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath Taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

    Colossians 2 :2 -3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in Love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is True, and we are in Him that is True, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and eternal life.

    Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go. I will guide you with Mine eye.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

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