The Agora
Who Are the Christadelphians?

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The Things We Believe

Just what do Christadelphians believe? What distinguishes us from others, and why do we feel we must stand alone?

Considering the almost endless variety of churches in the world, a fairly small community with an uncommon name will naturally raise questions. After all, in every denomination, there are people who find it unthinkable that someone would be of another faith. Well-established and respectable communities cannot see any justification for smaller and lesser-known bodies; meanwhile numerous evangelical bodies, with great enthusiasm in their own camps, differ profoundly from one another.

It is a bewildering spectacle. Faced with it, Catholics are apt to be indignant; the larger churches, content with their own positions and faintly amused by the variety beneath them; and that variety itself, dogmatic and mutually exclusive. Outside it all, the perplexed inquirer might very well conclude that if organized modern Christianity has come to this, there is a case for doing without it altogether.

Everywhere, men of good will have recognized this dilemma. In efforts to remove the reproach, many churches have gone so far as to disregard almost all doctrinal differences. Many different Canadian churches have united in just such an effort and the process of breaking down barriers continues elsewhere (in Australia, for example).

Yet there still remain worshipers who see no possibility of their churches taking part in such an "ecumenical" movement: they consider their beliefs too precious to be compromised in the interests of such a "peace". These people, who include Christadelphians, have a particular duty to explain themselves. Inquirers have a right to ask why we continue to emphasize the disunities of Christendom, and to remain separate from all others.

As Christadelphians, we are a community with convictions. If we were not, compromise would be easy. Christadelphians could open their doors to any who might care to join them. As it is, we believe Christadelphians stand for a truth that is something precious, and we must speak and write in its defense. Doing so must involve criticism of others; in fact, if we were not critical, we should not be disposed to be separate. Yet any whose church is named, or whose opinion is opposed, must realize that we intend no malice. Anyone is free to judge whether we are right or wrong; we ask him only to accept that we are sincere in our desire to help make the Truth known.

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