Christadelphians

When I was a youth pastor, I remember being contacted by one of the teens in our group about Christadelphians.  They were nice people who believed in Jesus, was that not enough?  Being not very familiar with them, I had to look into it.  I have decided to revisit that.  What is it that Christadelphians believe?  You can find their full statement of faith here.

Instead of responding to every point, I will look at only two sections.

10. That being so begotten of God, and inhabited and used by God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us, God manifested in the flesh-yet was, during his natural life, of like nature with mortal man, being made of a woman of the house and lineage of David, and therefore a sufferer, in the days of his flesh, from all the effects that came by Adam’s transgression including the death that passed upon all men, which he shared by partaking of their physical nature.

Christadelphians affirm Jesus as the Son of God, but only in that he was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit.  Therefore Jesus was a human being who was conceived miraculously, filled with the Spirit, crucified, raised and will return.  The problem is that this view does not deal with passages in John, Philippians, Colossians or Hebrews that clearly portray a pre-existent Son of God that was incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth.

16. That the way to obtain this salvation is to believe the Gospel they preached, and to take on the Name and service of Christ, by being thereupon immersed in water, and continuing patiently in the observance of all things he has commanded, none being recognized as his friends except those who do what he has commanded.

Historical Christianity teaches that salvation is by grace.  We accept in faith that Jesus died for our sins and confess him as Lord.  Christadelphians deny this, adding to faith both baptism and works.  Of course our faith should be demonstrated by works, but it is not salvation by works.  Paul is clear: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV)  I do not think that Paul could have been a Christadelphian.

I have no desire to insult Christadelphians.  I am sure they are nice people who are sincere in their beliefs.  However, their differences in the nature of Christ and the means of salvation mean that they should not be considered a part of historical Christianity.

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2 thoughts on “Christadelphians”

  1. Your statement that Scripture does not support Christadelphian belief
    on the nature of Christ is not well researched. There are many books available which point out Bible verses which prove that Jesus was the Son of GOD, yet not co-equal with His Father, the Creator. Bible language sometimes sounds like pre-exsistence, yet can be shown from researching
    the original words and comparing with other verses that this is not true. You must not take verses out of context, but compare all the passages, Old and New Testament. He had to be the seed of the woman, in the line of Abraham and David. He had to be a “lamb” without spot or blemish, selected from ” the flock,” and “made in all points like unto his brethren” (Heb. Chapter 2.) in order to overcome sin in himself. When Jesus was on the earth he prayed with “strong crying and tears to Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard, in that he feared.” Heb. 5:7
    See Isaiah the 11th chapter. He overcame through his knowledge: Isa.53:11.
    GOD’s Word was in his mind and heart, and he was obedient in all things, thus manifesting the Father’s character at all times.
    2. As for “ye are saved by grace, through faith–” We believe this.
    The kind of faith which saves us is a living faith. See James 2:20. A living
    faith produces works. “Faith without works is dead.” A living faith includes the love of GOD, and the love of neighbor as self. See I Corinthians 13th chapter. See I Thessalonians 1: 3: “Remembering your work OF faith, and labour OF love, and patience OF hope in our Lord Jesus Christ…” God’s gift of grace is conditional. It is not given to all, as many verses demonstrate. For example: II Peter 1: 2-11; Col. 1:23; Matt. 7:21;John 15:6; I John 1:6;
    I John 5:2; II Peter 3:11-18. It is impossible to explain all of the reasons
    for our beliefs in this short venue, but I hope and pray that these verses
    will help you to see that much more research is needed. May GOD bless
    your studies.

  2. Thanks for your comments. I would like to begin with talking about the nature of Christ. Aside from Christ as co-equal with the Father, I think there is a good case in the New Testament in John, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews, that Jesus was pre-existent. Jesus was involved in the act of creation and is superior to the angels. How do you interpret these passages?

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