Now I want to look at it under two headings, two questions.
Like every cult, Christadelphianism's development was the development of one personal man in his interpretation of Holy Scripture, one man's personal beliefs and interpretations of the Scripture. Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License; An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ. Then the second question we want to ask is: is the doctrine, the teaching of Christadelphianism, the true teaching of biblical Christianity historically and scripturally as it is laid down for us in God's revelation? Do you see when someone rises up and claims to know more about the Bible than anybody else? Indeed, we address that to any cult or any religion: if the Gospel did not stay with this world after Jesus died and rose again, what did He mean when He pronounced, 'I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it'? So he returned to England to preach and to teach his doctrine. How did they get their name?'. My friend, I have to tell you tonight, if that's the case your soul will be eternally damned. On the subject of baptism being essential to salvation, if you follow the arrows you can see, Christ was baptised but, 'We must follow'. Paul, the great apostle, said: 'I came not to baptise, but to preach the Gospel'. The inclusion of Images and diagrams in this transcript is done without intention to breach any copyright restrictions. Now listen tonight, only the true Jesus can reveal to us the true God, and if you've got a false Jesus you've got a false god! The third main tenet of Christianity is the doctrine of the resurrection of Christ. I want you to turn with me to Matthew's gospel chapter 23, zealousness and sincerity are no guides or evidence of truth. He needed a sin offering to be saved himself'. Now I've been listening to your conversation over the weeks, and I often listen in to what people are saying about such religious sects and cults like the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, the Christadelphians and the Church of Christ, and people are often heard to say: 'Well, how can they be wrong? 'So is this not proof in and of itself that these people must have the truth?
Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License; additional terms may apply. And Jesus could have sinned: 'God cannot sin. Now, is that what the Bible teaches? We will see in their Christology, in their understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ, how they see Christ - yes, as an exalted man in one sense, but they do not believe that He is God of very God'Brothers of Christ'. Now 'the Word' in Greek is 'logos', it's the expression of God to men and it speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not baptism! It is not a substitutionary offering whereby someone has paid a price so that others might then go free'. This is important, because like many of the cults they do claim to be mainstream Christian and have, of course, the Christian gospel, and be the true followers of Christ today. It's all about: 'Oh, I have a relationship with Jesus', or 'I had an experience with Jesus', or 'I encountered something with God and I know God' - oh, it's more than that, because all groups and all individuals will stand or fall on one thing, and it is this first thing, it is the deity of Christ. What makes you different from a Mormon or Jehovah's Witnesses, or from a pagan nominal Protestant?
Not 'Do you hope so', or 'You'd like to think so', or 'You're trying your best to get so' - do you know? How many of them over the weeks have you heard me say of them that they were born into a Christian home, or even into a manse, whose father was a minister or who were born into some kind of evangelical conservative background, and they turned their back on all that they knew of orthodox Christianity? Baptism for believers by immersion totally, is outlined for us in scripture as a command of the Lord Jesus Christ and ought to be obeyed, and should be obeyed by every believer - but mark this: it will not wash one of your sins away. But Jesus could have sinned' - 'God cannot sin', therefore what is the inference? The reason being, they believe that if the Lord Jesus is the express image of God as Hebrews 1 says, then God must have a body, God must have a form - yet John 4 tells us that God is spirit. Thank You Lord for all these blessings these weeks and years, and now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and present us faultless before the throne of His Father, be eternal dominion and glory and honour and praise for evermore, Amen. Now is that the best definition that you could give of Immanuel? He is not a personality, He is God the Father's influence in our lives - but you can see the personal pronouns right throughout the Scriptures, how you could lie to the Holy Spirit - Ananias and Sapphira - how the Holy Spirit is called God. Can I leave you with what God's word says because of our lovely Lord and His perfect life, and His peerless character as God's Son, and His purging work there on Calvary's cross where He shed His blood, and His powerful resurrection? The cult that we are dealing with tonight, not that it's exempt from any other cult that we've been dealing with, but it in particular for our consideration this evening is based upon fables, based upon falsehood, fiction and myth - just like all the rest of the cults and false religions that we've been dealing with over these weeks. Now this is the beginning, as we know it, of the Christadelphian movement - and it wasn't called 'Christadelphianism' at this point, but this is the embryo seed of it. Now before I go on any further, having dealt with the history of the Christadelphian movement, I hope that you can see right away that their history is far from the history of the Christian church. Dr John Thomas was born in London on the 12th April 1805 - incidentally, like several other of the founders of these false cults and religions, he was the son of a Christian minister, a Congregational minister as it happens. Any exceptions to these conditions must be explicitly approved by Preach The Word. I say to you tonight, that if the shepherds don't feed the flock with the word of God, the flock will get hungry, and the flock will go out into the wilderness - specifically the lambs - and the cults and false religions love to prey upon the lambs. Now listen friends tonight, in the plan of Satan, all that he needs to get people to do to damn them is to believe in a false Jesus! found in England since the twelfth century. If you look at this statement and where the arrow points to, speaking of the birth of Jesus it says: 'a virgin shall conceive', quoting from Isaiah 7:14, 'bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel' - and they put in parenthesis 'a name for Jesus'. So, when he got off that boat, he kept his promise and he joined himself to a group of people who claimed to be studying the Bible called the 'Campbellites', they were also known as 'the Disciples'. Now Christadelphianism contradicts the first two of those essential doctrines of Christianity, it denies the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and it denies the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone in Christ. Can I read to you - we're almost finished - 1 John 2:22, and this is a conclusion on many of these cults that we have been dealing with over these weeks, but specifically Christadelphianism that denies the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone in Christ. Now I would rather have the words of the Lord Jesus Christ than Dr John Thomas or the Christadelphian movement, when He said these words - and I'm not going to quote the whole statement: 'I beheld Satan', I beheld Satan!, 'as lightning cast from heaven'. For where these cults have erred primarily is in the person and character and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. 'The Belfast Ecclesia', that's what they call themselves, the Greek word 'ecclesia' simply means 'church' - but that's what they tend to call their meetings - meets, I believe, in Victoria Square, but I have also heard that they have a meeting under the annex of Avoniel Leisure Centre. Friends tonight, I don't know whether there's anybody mixed up in this false cult, but you need to know that only the blood of Jesus, and that being the blood of the real Jesus, can cleanse you from sin! He conquered the temptations which arise from our sinful nature - a nature which he too shared, for only thus could he be a Saviour. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry", and we end our reading at verse 5. Lord, would you hear us tonight, and if there are any that are stumbling at the Rock of offence, Christ Jesus, because they feel there's something in them, or there's something in their church or their movement - would they see it tonight Lord, by Thy Spirit: 'Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling; naked come to Thee for dress, helpless look to Thee for grace. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying, but what it does mean is this: no one particular man can tell you what God's revealed will is, but God's revealed will has been known to men as men were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the apostle's doctrine that we have tonight in the New Testament, a more sure word of prophecy. For all intents and purposes, to look at their adverts with the naked eye, sometimes they're speaking on subjects that you would hear spoken on from the pulpit in this place - but do they believe what we believe? Now can I just conclude this little introduction by saying this, and I want to take time to say it: we live in an age today when men will not endure sound doctrine, and there is a tendency and an itch to bring all sorts of nonsense into the church to tantalise, to entertain, to titillate, to make people interested in God's word, to scratch people's ears; and we need to realise more than ever today that we are to preach the word, in season and out of season, because it's the word that people need! As they go into the wilderness to find food they will be preyed on as food by wolves in sheep's clothing! What a Saviour!'. Let me say that we enjoy these truths prophetically in this particular church, and I believe the Bible is full of prophecy on the second coming of our Lord Jesus, but another characteristic of many of the cults is this: they concentrate in an overemphasis, to a point of going beyond scriptural prophecies, on the second coming of the Lord Jesus and eschatology - and we would do well to be warned over that particular issue ourselves, that we do not ever say more than the Scriptures tell us, or infer more and read between the lines when it's not revealed in holy writ. Transcribed by: Moving on to another quote: 'Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was first promised, and came into being only when He was born of the virgin Mary' - that He began His existence in His birth at Bethlehem! Now here's what the Bible says in 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 19: 'We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation'. What will you take tonight? For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts", or desires, "shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Verse 21: 'For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man' - not by one man, but by several apostles! But you will note in verse 4 of 2 Timothy 4, that Paul prophesied that the time would come when men would turn away their ears from the truth - and therefore from, by implication, the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His teaching and His work - and they shall be turned unto fables. That is our Christian history, and there is a move in Modernism today to forget about our history, and if we forget about our history we forget who we are! In days when many are disillusioned and seeking for more, through the ministry of David Legge we seek to provide Bible-based teaching and preaching which will lead you into a deeper relationship with God.
Now if you take these doctrines and heresies to their logical conclusions, not only do you conclude that Jesus - because He was a man - had a sinful nature, but therefore, if Jesus had a sinful nature, then He needed to be saved. All of a sudden civil war broke out in North America, and they were called upon to conscript and to join the fight - whatever side they may be on - but because of their conscientious objection they did not want to enlist, they refused to enlist - but the only way that you could refuse to enlist was if you were a recognised religious group, so they needed a name. That is a direct quotation from Isaiah chapter 44 verse 6, where God says: 'I am the first and the last', but they conveniently drop that. So Dr John Thomas named them 'The Christadelphians', and if you know even a smattering of Greek you will know that 'Christ' means 'the anointed one', speaking of our Saviour and Messiah, and 'delphos' means brother - 'Philadelphians', 'brothers' - 'Christ's Brothers', 'Christ's Brethren'. That ought to be no surprise to us, why? He comments on creation, he comments on the giving of God's law, he comments on the recurring influence of sin in man, he comments on the issue of death, immortality, and religion in general, and the coming kingdom of God upon the earth and the reign of the Lord Jesus, and many many other subjects are dealt with in that book. These materials may not, in any manner, be sold or used to solicit 'donations' from others, nor may they be included in anything you intend to copyright, sell, or offer for a fee. A member of a particular nontrinitarian Christian denomination founded in the mid-19th century.
Is that not what defines you as a Christian, to believe in Christ?'.
John, the apostle who was dealing with many of these similar heresies in his day, said this: 'Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? What lies! The next quote you'll see from this same book says: 'The Bible approach is much simpler [than the substitutionary atonement] and much more satisfying. What is a Christian church? He is eternally begotten of the Father, not created. 'He himself bare our sins in his own body on the tree'. I choose to believe Him.
Although they are small in number, they're quite active.
www.preachtheword.com. He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son'. Friends tonight, when the virgin Mary conceived she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and the angel said to her: 'That holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God'. Now look at the first line - He had a sinful nature: 'a nature which he too shared', our sinful nature!
What about Satan? He had what many call 'the Messiah complex', in other words he believed that he had single-handedly rediscovered the true gospel that had been lost from the earth. Now one thing I'm sure you've gleaned if you've been with us over these weeks is that one of the characteristics of any cult is that they believe they have rediscovered the true gospel on earth. They couldn't tell you! On his way on the boat to New York, all of a sudden his ship experienced terrible storms. The next slide will show, as the arrow points to it, concerning the life that Jesus offered: 'Jesus never sinned. They haven't turned from the truth to fables, but they have maybe found the truth that we haven't found as yet?'. - 'The second secret of the cross is that it is the source of the forgiveness of sins. Such a Saviour, provided by God, was central to His loving purpose'. But I want to say this: Dr John Thomas was a tireless worker who sought, with the knowledge that he had, to study God's word - and as far as he was concerned, he was attempting to come to the true meaning and interpretation of the doctrines of holy Scripture. Do you know you're on your way to heaven? It's very similar to Mormonism, because Robert Roberts who was the successor of Dr John Thomas in Christadelphian movement said, I quote: 'the Father is a tangible person' - He is tangible, you can touch Him. Christadelphianism began with its author, a man called Dr John Thomas.
Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah! Now while Dr Thomas was in the UK, he wrote a very important book - it was called 'Elpis Israel', and this is the preface cover page you see up there, I couldn't get a modern-day version of the book. Is Christadelphian Doctrine CHRISTIAN Doctrine. He wasn't long studying with the 'Campbellites' or the 'Disciples' until he was at odds with them in his interpretation of the Scriptures - now they were in error as well, but he perhaps was leading into more error. This does not mean, like the Catholic Church teaches, that only they can interpret the Scriptures for us. Now listen to me: that is why we must maintain the faith, once and for all delivered to the saints.
That's why we need to beware, whether it be the Christadelphians, or the Mormons, or the Jehovah's Witnesses, or Christian Science, we need to beware to realise that if any one man claims to be God's sole revelatory medium to men today, that that is none other than another stronghold of Satan, a false gospel, and it certainly is not Christianity. We have a responsibility today, more than ever, to fearlessly preach the truth. In other words, who He was, where He came from, how He was born, where He is now, what He is doing now. I take no pleasure in saying it, but Paul the apostle says to the Galatians that if any man preach another Jesus unto you let him be damned, let him be anathema! Well, this exhibition shows that they believe that sin equals Satan. PrevSermon Series(7 of 14) Next Sermon. Secondly, a second essential doctrine is that salvation is by grace through faith alone in Christ - not through your church, not through sacraments, not through your works or religious rites or practices, but by grace, undeserved favour from God, operated to you by faith and faith alone in Christ and no one else. Forgiveness comes to the man who believes the Gospel, repents, and is baptized in the name of Christ' - page 71.
They say: 'We Christadelphians repudiate the popular churches, and affirm that there is no salvation within the pale of any of them'. He was sincere, this is what is striking about these cults. Now, for that reason, to this day England has the largest number of Christadelphians right around the whole globe. The Lord Jesus castigated them as being - even though outwardly religious, and as touching the law perhaps externally blameless - He said that they were blind leaders of the blind, and both they and their followers would fall into the pit alike. They're trying to cover over the fact of what this word 'Immanuel' means, just 'a name for Jesus'. The Lord Jesus made that no secret, because He told us in Matthew 24 and verse 24 that this would happen: 'For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect' - false Christs! Will you take the word of an organisation, a system, a philosophy, a teaching, a cult? They believe if you are faithful, salvation by works, you'll be saved - yet God's word clearly says, the Lord Jesus in Matthew 25:46: 'And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal'. Although its founder came from England and moved to America, you can find Christadelphianism chiefly in the United Kingdom today. I don't come into contact with these people' - but these studies have availed me an opportunity to share with you week after week after week systematic theology from the Bible of what we believe concerning our Lord Jesus and salvation. In 1 Corinthians 15 that we studied in great detail not so long ago, we saw that we are of all men most miserable if Christ is still rotting in the grave, if He did not rise again our faith is vain, our message that we preach is nonsense, it'll do you no good if there's no resurrection from the dead, if Christ rise not. The Lord Jesus proved this when He was talking to the Pharisees and scribes, pronouncing all these woes - in chapter 23 verse 13 He said: 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! This copyright is exercised to keep these materials freely available to all. Well, 1 John chapter 2 verse 19 tells us of false prophets, John says in 1 John 2:19: 'They went out from us, but they were not of us' - they were among us as if they were one of us, but they were not of us - 'for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us'. That's his plan throughout all these confusing cults and false religions, to make them think that they're believing in the truth, the true Christ, but they're believing in a false Christ and they're going to be lost because of it! Subscribe to our email updates to receive bi-monthly notifications of new content. We want to look this evening at Christadelphianism that also claims to have rediscovered for us the Gospel of Christ, and also claim like any categorical cult that you will be saved only if you are a member of their ranks - and even at that, you can't be sure! Then Hebrews 1 and verse 8, turn with me to Hebrews 1 and verse 8: 'But unto the Son God saith, Thy throne, O God' - unto the Son - 'Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom'. Well, He must have been a liar, He must have been a lunatic, self-deluded, to think that, if the gospel was lost until the Christadelphian movement or any other movement, whether it's the Mormons or the Jehovah's Witnesses or Christian science or Scientology, whatever one you like to name, was founded. It is certainly not! It is that He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Now let's deal with the first, the deity of our Lord Jesus, and I want to reiterate these points because these studies - you might think: 'What's the relevance of them all?