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CHRISTADELPHISM

Written by: Pollock, A.J.    Posted on: 04/24/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                                CHRISTADELPHISM

            Taken from the book "HERESIES EXPOSED" by Wm. C. Irvine

                      Article written by A. J. Pollock

    CHRISTADELPIANISM makes a great show of  appealing  to  Scripture.  Every   lover  of  the  truth  will  be well content to judge this system by such an   unerring standard.  No seeker after light need fear the result.  If it be of   God,  Scripture will surely be its amplest vindication;  if not of God,  its   fullest exposure.

    Nor  is  it  mere  details  we  shall have to consider.  There is not one   important fundamental doctrine upon which  Christendom  has  for  ages  been   agreed that is not by this system denied.

    The book from which we cull extracts to show what they (Christadelphians)   distinctly hold,  and which was sent to the writer by a  Christadelphian  to   convince  him  of  their tenets,  consists of thirty-six propositions,  with   about five hundred Scripture quotations.  The number of Scripture  is  their   exposure,  as  we  shall  see.  Read  by the careless or ignorant,  they may   succeedin  misleading,  but  once  let  the  truth  be  clearly  stated  by   Scripture, it will soon be apparent how great is the deception. 

                              UNITARIAN IN BELIEF

  1)  Christadelphians believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was not divine,  but   merely a man - thus aiming a fatal blow at the whole scheme  of  redemption.   Let us quote their words:       "Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not the `second person' of an eternal     Trinity of Gods,  but the manifestation of the One Eternal Creator, who is     `above all and through all'  (Eph. 4:6) and `out of whom are  all  things'     (Rom. 11:36).  This Creator is Spirit,  dwelling corporally and personally     in heaven,  yet in His Spirit-effluence filling immensity.  (How strangely     careless  yet  deceptive is this piece of writing!  The Creator is Spirit.      How,  then,can He dwell corporally in heaven?) By this Spirit-effluence He     begot Jesus, who was therefore His Son:  by the same power He anointed him     and dwelt in him,  and  spoke to  Israel  through  Him  (Heb. 1:1).  Jesus     Christ, therefore, in the days of his weakness, had two sides - one deity;     the other man;  but not as construed by Trinitarianism,  which makes Jesus     the Son Incarnate.  The man was the son whose  existence  dates  from  the     birth  of  Jesus;  the  Deity dwelling in him was the Father,  who without     beginning of days,  is eternally preexistent.  There were not two or three     eternal  persons  before  `the  man  Christ  Jesus,'  but only One-God the     Father,  whose relation to the Son was afterwards exemplified in the event     related  by Luke  (Chap. 1:35),  by which was established what Paul styles     the `mystery of godliness;' `God manifested in the flesh, justified in the     Spirit,  seen of angels,  preached unto the Gentiles,  believed on in  the     world, received up to Glory' (1 Tim. 3:16)."

  In  this  proposition is stated,  as clearly as words are able,  that the   Lord Jesus is not God the Son.  No one believes in "an  eternal  Trinity   of Gods," but Christendom believes in God the Father, God the Son, God the   Holy Spirit - one God.  Christendom believes in a Triune God,  not in a   plurality of Gods.  This can be proved most clearly from Scripture.  Yet we   are  told in  this  proposition that there are not two or three eternal   persons,  that Jesus is not the Son Incarnate,  that He is only God's Son   as begotten  into this  world,  Whose  existence dates only from His birth,   that Deity is not essential to the person of the Lord Jesus,  but "Deity   dwelling in  Him  was the Father."

  The whole proposition is entirely false.  Let Scripture, to which they so   confidently appeal,  answer them.  The Christadelphians assert that the   Lord Jesus  had no  existence previous to His incarnation.  The Lord's own   words are:

  John 8:58 Jesus said to them,  "Most assuredly, I say to you, before   Abraham was, I AM."

  Again observe carefully the words of the Lord Jesus Himself:

  John 17:5 "And now,  O Father,  glorify Me together with Yourself,  with   the  glory which I had with You before the world was."

  Rom. 9:5 ...of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh,   Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.  Amen.

  John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God,  and   the  Word was  God.  He  was  in the beginning with God.  All things were   made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

  John 1:14 And  the  Word became flesh and dwelt among us,  and we beheld   His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace   and truth.

  Could refutation of  Christadelphian  teaching  be  more  convincing  and   clear?

  In denying the essential Deity of the Son, the fountain of Christadelpian   teaching  is  poison  at  its  source.  What wonder,  then,  that the stream   emanating from such a source is baneful and poisonous!  To proceed further:

                              ATONEMENT CARICATURED

  2) Christadelphians deny the atoning value of the death of Christ,  and thus   would take from us, if they could, the Saviour.  They say:

      "The  death  of  Christ was not to appease the wrath of offended Deity,     but to express the love of the Father in a  necessary  sacrifice  for  sin     that  the  law  of  sin  and death which came into force by the first Adam     might be nullified in the second in a full descharge of its claims through     a  temporary  surrender  to  its  power;  after  which  immortality  by     resurrection  might  be  acquired,  in  harmony with the Law of obedience.      Thus sin is taken away, and righteousness established."

  Here the death of the Lord Jesus is looked at as the  expression  of  the   Father's love.  Doubtless it is the expression of God's love,  and who would   wish to question that?  But mark, reader, the righteousness of God demanding   satisfaction for sin is entirely ignored.  The death of  Christ,  they  say,   was  not to appease the wrath of God.  Surely holiness and righteousness had   their claims, and if God's love is to be righteously shown to sinners in the   offer of forgiveness of sins  and  salvation,  there  must  be  satisfaction   rendered  to  God's  holiness and righteous claims against sin.  In the book   quoted from, Christ is not referred to as Saviour, nor the precious blood as   that which alone can cleanse from sin,  and the confession of Jesus as  Lord   is altogether ignored.  How inexpressibly sad! 

SPIRIT IMPERSONAL

  3)  If  Christadelphianism denies the divine personality of God the Son,  we   are quite prepared that they should deny the divine personality of the  Holy   Spirit.  They teach that:

      "The  Spirit  is  not a personal God distinct from the Father,  but the     radiant, invisible power or energy of the Father,  filling universal space     and forming the medium of His omniscient perceptions and the instrument of     His  omnipotent  behests,  whether  in  creation  or  inspiration;  the     distinction between the Father and the Spirit being not that they are  two     persons,  but  that  the  Father  is  Spirit  in focus so intense as to be     glowing substance inconceivable,  and the Spirit,  the Father's power,  in     space-filling diffusion, forming with the Father a unity in the stupendous     scheme  of  creation,  which is in revolution around the Supreme source of     All Power."

  Thus in grand,  swelling,  empty words they deny the personality  of  the   Spirit of God.

  On  the  contrary,  Scripture  repeatedly  refers to the Holy Spirit as a   Person.

  John 16:13     "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,  He will guide you into   all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears   He will speak, and He will tell you things to come."   [See also Matt. 28:19; John 19:16-17,26; 15:26]

                          SATAN'S PERSONALITY DENIED

  4) "The Devil is not (as is commonly supposed) a personal supernatural agent     of evil, and that in fact, there is no such being in existence.  The Devil     is a scriptural manifestation - subjective,  individual, aggregate, social     and political,  in history,  current experience,  and prophecy;  after the     style of metaphor which speaks of wisdom as a woman,  riches as MAMMON and     Satan as the God of this world, sin, as a master, etc."

  The purpose of Satan is well served if people can be  persuaded  that  he   does not exist.  Can subtlety go futher?

                                  HELL DENIED

  5) Christadelphians, not content with denying heaven to the believer, refuse   to  believe  in a hell or eternal punishment at all.  They settle it in very   few words.  They say:

      "It also follows of necessity,  that the popular  theory  of  hell  and     `eternal torments' is a fiction."

  As  Christadelphians  deny heaven to be the believer's portion,  and deny   the very existence of hell,  they are forced  to  propound  what  they  call   "conditional immortality" to cover their retreat.

  Enough  has  been  shown  to prove that this system is anti-Christian and   Satanic.  We can understand that,  once having started with a wrong  premise   as  to the person of God the Son,  error after error was needed wherewith to   bolster up this daring attack on Christianity. 

  It may be contended that amidst this mass of error  the  Christadelphians   at  least are sound as to their acknowledgment of God the Father.  Even this   contention Scripture takes from them, and they are left completely under the   curse of Scripture.  They deny the Divine Personality of the Son.  Scripture   tells us in this connection that:

  1 John 2:23 Whoever  denies  the  Son  does  not  have  the  Father   either,  he  who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

  2 John 7,9,10,11 For  many deceivers have gone out into the world who do   not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and   an antichrist.  Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine   of  Christ  does not  have  God.  He who abides in the doctrine of   Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does   not bring this doctrine,  do not  receive him into your house nor greet   him;  for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

  Without God,  without the Father,  without  the  Son,  without  the  Holy   Spirit,  without  atonement,  without  a hope of heaven,  how truly terrible   their condition  is!  Theirs  is  indeed  a  system  of  error  without  one   redeeming feature.

                              DAVID J. GEAUVREAU



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