Examining Cults (Christadelphians)

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Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

WHAT IS A CULT?

First, we need to understand what’s a cult, a cult is a group which deviates from God’s word, denying the foundational biblical truths once delivered to the saints by our Lord Jesus Christ, the prophets and His Apostles. Cults have many different beliefs which would be too many to list here but we will take a look at each of them, Lord willing as this series “Examining Cults” continues.

Many cults exist today Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Christadelphians, Christian Science, Oneness Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventist, church of god etc. And while they have a set of different beliefs they all share the same beginnings and heretical teachings, that’s the denial of who the Lord Jesus Christ is God in the flesh just as the word of God says 1 Timothy 3:16 “…God was manifest in the flesh…”. Let’s take a close look at one of these cults called the Christadelphians. 

EARLY BEGINNINGS

As with all cults they always have a founder(s) or a group who claims to have new revelation from God which, they try to add to the scriptures and at times will even say that their teachings are equal with God’s word or higher which is utter blasphemy. The Christadelphians founders are two men one called John Thomas and the other Robert Roberts. He (John Thomas) was a London born physician turned “Bible teacher”, they both denied the teachings from the bible of eternal damnation and punishment along with eternal reward. They also taught annihilation of the soul in which the soul is completely destroyed ceasing to exist. 

These two men also denied the Godhead (Trinity), the Deity of Christ and His pre-existence from eternity and the existence of the Holy Ghost. If you’re a little familiar with cults you’ll notice similarities, we’ll touch upon some of those shortly. But first, let’s look a little more closely as to how the Christadelphians came to be. 

John Thomas (Christadelphian)John Thomas M.D., born in Hoxton Square, Hackney, London, on April 12, 1805,[1] was the son of a Dissenting minister, also named John Thomas. He traveled overseas to Cincinnati, Ohio where he became convinced by the Restoration Movement of the need for baptism and joined them in October 1832. He became involved with Alexander Campbell, a prominent leader who encouraged him to become an evangelist. He then traveled around the eastern States of America and eventually settled down as a preacher in Philadelphia.

Dr. Thomas was the editor of the Apostolic Advocate in May 1834. This is where he began to propagate his teachings. devoting himself in the interested of prophecy and biblical eschatology. During this period is when he generated the foundational beliefs known as Christadelphianism. He also believed orthodox Christian beliefs were blatantly wrong. Thomas eventually rebaptised himself and rejected his former beliefs and associations, he was formally disfellowshipped in 1837.

Robert Roberts (Christadelphian)Robert Roberts, Aberdeen, Scotland, was the son of a captain of a small coasting vessel. His mother was a strongly religious Calvinistic Baptist, school teacher. He was raised in a well disciplined, and strictly religious environment. His mother took him as a boy of 10 to hear John Thomas speak in Aberdeen, Scotland. He formally and briefly, became a member of his mother’s church at age 12. Shortly afterward he came across a copy of a magazine, belonging to his sister, entitled the Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, by Thomas, who knew Roberts’ mother.

Roberts then began his Bible studies in earnest after reading Thomas’ book Elpis Israel, he became convinced of its soundness, and ceased attending chapel with his family. He was baptised in 1853 aged 14 as part of the “Baptised Believers” (11 years before the name ‘Christadelphian’ was coined by John Thomas; he was re-baptized in 1863 “on attaining to an understanding of the things concerning the name of Jesus, of which he was ignorant at his first immersion”).

Two quotes from these heretics against the doctrine of the Trinity are:

“Moses and the prophets do not teach that “there are three persons, three essences, three somethings, or three anythings, in the Godhead; and that these three distinct units, or unities, constitute only one unit or one Unity — and that that Tri-Unity is the God of Israel.” They do not teach this. This is the foolishness of the Old Man of the Flesh.” – John Thomas

“The endeavour is to show that they are not three co-equal powers in one, but powers of which one is the head and source of the others. The Father is eternal and underived, the Son is the manifestation of the Father in a man begotten by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit is the localisation of the Father’s power.”- Robert Roberts 

It’s important to note that most of these cults which deny the deity of Christ all stem from the heresy of Arianism. An influential heresy which denies the divinity of Christ, originating from the Alexandrian priest Arius. Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was, therefore, neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantial.

Arius (Arianism) Arius was a pupil of Lucian of Antioch at Lucian’s private academy in Antioch and inherited a modified form of the teachings of Paul of Samosata. He taught that God the Father and the Son of God did not always exist together eternally.

Arians taught that the Logos was a divine being begotten by God the Father before the creation of the world, made him a medium through whom everything else was created, and that the Son of God is subordinate to God the Father. A verse from Proverbs was also used: “The Lord created me at the beginning of his work” (Proverbs 8:22–25).

Therefore, the Son was rather the very first and the most perfect of God’s creatures, and he was made “God” only by the Father’s permission and power. Is any of this starting to sound familiar? These same beliefs are held by Jehovah Witnesses as well as Christadelphians and have perverted God’s word. Let’s not stop there because just like because they also share a common theme, just as Charles Taze Russell the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses had his start as a Millerite, so does the founders of the Christadelphians also. 

In 1843 Thomas was introduced to William Miller, the leader of the Millerites. He admired their willingness to question orthodox beliefs and agreed with their belief in the second coming of Christ and the founding of a millennial age upon His return.

William Miller (Millerites) William Miller was born on the east coast of the United States. As a young man he was a farmer and during the war of 1812 served as a captain in the American armed forces. In 1833 is when he started his preaching. After studying the Bible for two years, in 1818 Miller announced that in 25 years (March 1844) Jesus Christ would return to the earth.

At the height of his ministry, Miller gathered a large following, who’d also became known as “Adventists.” When March 1844 came and went with no sign of Jesus Christ’s return, Miller recalculated the new date to October 22, 1844. When Jesus Christ did not return on that date the entire Millerite movement ended as his follower’s faith was destroyed. Miller revamped his doctrine to say that Christ had returned, but that Miller didn’t understand that Christ first had to come to the “Heavenly Sanctuary,” and cleanse it. Once the Lord Jesus cleansed things in heaven, He would come back to the earth.

The remaining faithful bought into this lie formed the Advent Church and in 1845 Miller became its first president. The name was later changed to Seventh Day Adventists and after the death of Miller in 1849 a new false prophet came on the scene, Ellen G. White. With a fair enough background in understanding how the Christadelphians came to be lets now examine their beliefs to see if they hold up to the truths of God’s Holy word. 

WHAT DO CHRISTADELPHIANS BELIEVE?

Christadelphians say: They believe the Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God, if this is true why do they not have the same beliefs or anything closely resembling orthodox Christianity?

Answer: The Christadelphians do not believe God’s word to be infallible and inerrant (without error) by following man’s tradition namely John Thomas and Robert Roberts. In the mind of a Christadelphian, these two men who’s beliefs are radically opposing and contradict the Lord Jesus Christ own words.

Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”

Here are scriptures which are in direct opposition against Christadelphians (Psalms 12:6, 119:89, Isaiah 8:20, 40:8, Matthew 4:4, 5:18, 24:35, John 17:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 6:18, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 22:18-19)

Psalms 12:6 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

Psalms 119:89 “LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Christadelphians say: They teach that Jesus had a sin nature.

Answer:  Christadelphians think because of the virgin birth through Mary He (the Lord Jesus) was somehow given a sin nature, that’s blasphemous and completely erroneous. What does the Bible say about Christ Jesus?

John 1:14 “And the Word was made 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.”

1 John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”

Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”

More scriptures which speak on the perfect Lamb of God the Lord Jesus Christ who has no sin and never will (John 14:10, Romans 6:23, 8:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 5:8-9, 9:14, James 1:13, 1 Peter 1:19, 2:22).

It’s abundantly clear that the Lord Jesus is sinless, spotless and without any sin so why do the Christadelphians teach anything otherwise? It’s because of ungodly men who have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness as the epistle of Jude mentions (Jude 1:4).

Christadelphians say: teach that Jesus needed to save himself before he could save us.

Answer: To say that the Lord Jesus needs salvation is complete utter blasphemy and it’s certain the 2 founders of this cult are in hell if they never repented of their wicked ways; these 2 men are dragging others into the pit of hell along with them. The Lord Jesus is both fully God and fully man is without any sin and never needed to be saved as the Christadelphians would teach. He (Jesus Christ) is the Saviour of the world, the Holy One, the great I AM. The Lord Jesus said no man takes His life from Him in the book of John:

John 10:17, 18 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

The Lord Jesus is the Prince of Life death can never have hold or dominion over Him, He defeated death and is forever victorious (Acts 3:15, 4:12Revelation 1:18).

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christadelphians say: They believe that there has been an apostasy and that Christianity is a false religious system.

Answer: This is the kettle calling the pot black, while there are those who may not have a complete solid biblical foundation. Cults always will state that they are the “only truth” and that all others are false, the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist all claim the same. The Lord Jesus rebuked this line of thinking called sectarianism.

Mark 9:38-40 “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.”

Luke 9:49, 50 “And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”

Christadelphians say: They believe annihilation of the wicked.

Answer: The Bible says that the wicked will be tormented in Hell for all eternity if the wicked are to be annihilated as Christadelphians claim then they’re calling God a liar, and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The book of Revelation their torment will be for ever, the book of Matthew mentions everlasting punishment and fire. Seems the teachings of Christadelphians directly contradict God’s word tremendously.

Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Matthew 25:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Christadelphians say: They believe that baptism is necessary for salvation.

Answer: If baptism is necessary for salvation then what would Christadelphians about the thief on the cross who never had a chance of being baptised? What would they tell the Lord Jesus who told the thief:

Luke 23:42, 43 “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Christadelphians say: They believe that it is possible to lose one’s salvation.

Answer: The Bible is clear that salvation is everlasting, forever then how can they say you can lose it, that would make it not everlasting. The Bible says anyone who’s born again has eternal life and they shall never perish, we can have full assurance of salvation (John 17:3, 20:31, 1 John 5:13).

John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

Christadelphians say: They deny the doctrine of the Trinity.

Answer: The Apostle John warned us of those who would deny the God that we would know those who deny the Son (the Lord Jesus) are anti-christ. When a believer comes to know the one true God they would never go against the deity of Christ because they love Him with all their heart and know Him.

1 John 2:22, 23Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

Most are familiar with the word Trinity (biblical word for Trinity being Godhead), while the Bible never uses that word it does show all throughout the scriptures this wonderful truth (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1-51, 10:30-36, 14:16-17, 15:26, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6, Philippians 2:5-8, Colossians 1:15-17, 2:9, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 5:7-8).

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

John 14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

What’s a Christadelphian to do with all these scriptures which proves the doctrine of the Godhead? Well just like all cults do they just blatantly deny the truth through their unrighteousness; if they continue to follow these ungodly men they will die in their sin and will be condemned. Of course, I wish that those deceived by this cult would wake up and come to Christ Jesus our Lord for salvation. Let’s continue.

Christadelphians say: They deny that Jesus is God in flesh.

Answer: We can easily prove this to be untrue through God’s word, the book of John, Timothy and Titus straightly gives us the truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ as God. When the Apostle Thomas saw the risen Lord he said:

John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

There are also scriptures which plainly state that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, how can anyone calling themselves Christian flat out deny these truths? I’ll tell you how because they’re not of God, they are of their father the devil just as the Lord Jesus proclaimed.

1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Christadelphians say: They deny that Jesus existed prior to his incarnation.

Answer: God’s word says that many would be deceived following false prophets and vain philosophies, how true this is when someone looks to deny the plain truth of the Lord Jesus Christ’s pre-existence. He being God 1 of the 3 persons of the Godhead was never created He’s always existed and is before all things. The most obvious scripture is the first verses in the gospel of John.

John1:1-3In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

It’s really sad that a person can look at this simple plain truth try to deny His deity. You littery have to suppress the truth in unrighteousness as the book of Romans states (Roman 1:18). Verses all throughout scripture speak of the Lord Jesus Christ being eternal without beginning or end.

John 1:30 “This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Colossians 1:15-18 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Here are a few more scriptures proving He’s God (Isaiah 9:6, Daniel 7:9, John 17:5, Philippians 2:6,7, Revelation 1:8, 22:13). Christadelphianism is definitely not of God it’s a cult and those who are trapped in this deception need to come out, no one who denies the Lord Jesus has salvation that’s just the truth.

Christadelphians say: They deny the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit.

Answer: The Holy Spirit is God, the 3rd person of the Godhead. The scriptures speak of not grieving the Holy Spirit, not to blaspheme the Holy Ghost. The scriptures prove He is a person that speaks. The book of Acts shows that the Holy Ghost was lied to by Ananias; only a person can be lied to.

Acts 5:1-4 “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

He (the Holy Ghost) speaks only a person can speak, therefore we must admit the personhood of the Holy Spirit the 3rd person of the Godhead.

Acts 13:2 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”

Hebrews 3:7-11 “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)”

The Lord Jesus said that when He goes away He would send the comforter (Holy Ghost) and that He (the Holy Ghost) would bring all things to remembrance. Only a person can be referred to as He.

John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John 15:26, 27 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.”

John 16:13, 14Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to comeHe shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

(Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:22, John 1:32)

Christadelphians say: They deny the substitutionary atonement of Christ.

Answer: The denial of the Lord Jesus’s sacrifice will send all those who don’t receive the free gift of salvation straight to hell, that’s one of the foundational primary truths of the Bible. We as sinners deserve death and hell but the perfect spotless Lamb of God, a real man, both fully man and fully God bore our sins in His body took them to the cross taking upon Himself the wrath of God that we could have salvation by trusting in Him.

Isaiah 53:3-7 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.”

1 John 4:10 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.”

Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

What a tragedy it would be to reject the free gift of eternal life because of pride. The wonderful gift is provided for all there’s nothing to do, the work has been finished fully and completely by Christ Jesus. Nothing in my hands I bring simply to the cross I cling. (John 3:16, 3:36, 2 Corinthians 5:19, 5:21, 1 Timothy 2:6, Titus 3:5-7, Hebrews 2:17, 5:9, 1 Peter 3:18).

Christadelphians say: They deny salvation by grace through faith alone.

Answer: Do they even read the Bible because they directly contradict God’s word every time, God says it’s by grace, they say it’s not. Who’s right them or God?!

Ephesians 2:8, 9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Christadelphians say: They deny the immortality of the soul.

Answer: God’s Spirit is eternal when God created man He breathed into him the breath of life, from that point on man even though he hasn’t always existed have begun an existence that will live on forever either in Heaven or Hell.

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Revelation 14:11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Christadelphians say: They deny that a person exists after death.

Answer: Other than the scriptures provided directly above we have an account of life after death from the Lord Jesus Christ, a true story in Lazarus and the rich man in the gospel of Luke.

Luke 16:19-31 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Christadelphians say: They deny the existence of hell and eternal punishment.

Answer: Again it’s silly to say that hell doesn’t exist, I notice that cults love the idea of heaven and they don’t deny that but don’t believe in hell because that would force them to realise they aren’t “good people” and don’t deserve to go to heaven. Again it comes down to pride. The Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 18:8, 9 “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”

Christadelphians say: They deny the existence of the fallen angel Lucifer as the devil.

Answer: What does the Bible say about Lucifer?

Isaiah 14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

CONCLUSION

Christadelphians really have to try hard to deny all of these great truths in order to suck people into their false doctrine, It’s earthly and devilish (as the Apostle James stated James 3:15) to be involved with this cult who’s on the wide road to destruction. If you’re an individual involved with the Christadelphian movement or know of someone who is I would implore you to run away or share this post with them.

They’re leading people straight to hell. John the Apostle told us that there would be many anti-christ in the world (1 John 2:18, 3:8). Christadelphians need the gospel so that they can believe in the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Romans 10:9-13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:3, 4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Written by Jason

INTRO (FALSE DOCTRINE OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES CULT)

Christians are commanded in God’s word to speak out against false teachers, those who bring in damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1), these are erroneous false teachers who make shipwreck of the faith (1 Timothy 1:19). Walking around in different cities it’s highly probable that you’ve come across Jehovah Witnesses either on the sidewalk standing next to a book cart of Watchtower/Awake magazines, or perhaps they’ve knocked on your door.

Christians sometimes avoid engaging with JW’s because it’ll end up in an endless debate, but the truth is if we love them and don’t want any to perish then we should be willing to share the gospel with them. Now I’ll just say that before speaking to JW’s you’ll need to know your scriptures to avoid false doctrine they will use. Any Christian should be more concerned with reading the scriptures first and having a firm foundation, becoming comfortable with witnessing with people one on one before engaging cults such as JW’s.

WHAT IS A CULT?
First, we need to understand what’s a cult. Cults run on 3 things fear, families and financials, they also tend to start with 2 founders, in this case, Charles Taze Russell and Joseph Franklin Rutherford. But the most obvious mark of a cult is a deviation from God’s word. This will be a series of false doctrine the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teaches it’s members.

THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST
The Watchtower organization has a group of about 8-12 men called the “governing body”, these men control the entire organization and force Jehovah Witnesses to believe whatever these men say. They rule with an iron fist and if any member dares to question their authority that person is “disfellowshipped” kicked out of the organization and shunned by the organization, family and friends who are also Jehovah Witnesses. One of the false teachings of the Watchtower is they don’t believe the Lord Jesus Christ is God.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door, distributing Watchtower and Awake magazines, deny the Trinity/Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Ghost), the deity of Christ, deny his death on the cross and his physical resurrection.

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JW’s believe that the Lord Jesus is Michael the archangel, they say that He’s a created being and that He (the Lord Jesus) didn’t die on a cross but a torture stake. Nowhere in the Bible does it say such things! Just to clarify Jehovah Witnesses have a twisted version of the “bible” if you can call it that. The Watchtower organization created their own bible (NWT) to conform to the doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses by adding words or removing verses. I would ask any Jehovah Witness to show 1 scripture proving the Lord Jesus Christ as being Michael the archangel.

The Watchtower Society must have been utterly embarrassed when the names of the translators of the New World translation were made known to the public. The reason for concern was the translation committee was completely unqualified for the task. Four of the five men in the committee had no Hebrew or Greek training whatsoever (they had only a high school education). The Fifth, Fred W. Franz, claimed to know Hebrew and Greek, but upon examination under oath in a court of law in Edinburg Scotland, he failed a simple Hebrew test. — biblicalworldviewacademy.org

Since we are concerned with the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as we search the scriptures what does the Bible really teach?

JW’s: “Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel.”

Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

Notice Michael the archangel is one of the chief princes, therefore there are others like him, therefore, Michael is not unique.

Jude 1:9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

Note Michael didn’t dare bring a railing accusation against Satan because Michael knows it’s not his place to do so, but the Lord Jesus did rebuke Satan during the temptation in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Luke 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

He (The Lord Jesus) rebuked satan again when Peter tried stopping Him from going to the cross to be a ransom sacrifice.

Matthew 16:23 “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

Now let’s prove out of the Bible that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. Please pay close attention as always when reading scripture we must read it in context making sure we get the correct meaning and not trying to interpret it differently than the Spirit of God shows forth.

JESUS IS GOD
Revelation Chapter 1:1–8 

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Note verse 1 reads “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” the Lord Jesus is revealing a great truth (which will come to pass) unto His servants through His angel.

Verse 2 states “and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”. How wonderful not only is He revealing to us a great truth but it’s a testimony of the Lord Jesus of all things He saw.

Verse 3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy”. Those who read and hear these words are blessed.

Verse 4 “from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;”. Notice who is it that is, was and which is to come? Who’s coming back? The Lord Jesus Christ is!

Verse 5 these words are very important “and the first begotten of the dead” who is begotten from the dead, or to be more clear who came back from the dead first? The Lord Jesus Christ came back from the dead, or more accurately He was resurrected from the dead 3 days after His crucifixion.

Verse 6 “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”. The Lord Jesus Christ is our high priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 5:10).

Verse 7 is obviously speaking of the Lord Jesus there’s no mistaking that, He that’s coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and glory!

Verse 8 here it is the Lord Jesus calls Himself Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the ALMIGHTY. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Note: a name for God is Almighty no one can deny this fact.

Let’s look further into the scriptures to see more evidence for the Lord Jesus being called God.

Revelation Chapter 22:12–16 

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Reading this portion of scripture we see that the person it’s speaking of is coming back “I come quickly”, calls Himself “Alpha and Omega” and identifies Himself in verse 16 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you”.

And lastly let us go back to the first chapter for more clarification. We know that God calls Himself the first and the last, reading chapter 1 again we’ll find more evidence.

Revelation Chapter 1:17–18 

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

PROOF FROM THE BOOKS OF 1 TIMOTHY & HEBREWS
1 Timothy Chapter 1:15–17 

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Hebrews Chapter 1:5–8 

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

This is only one of many scriptures which proves the Lord Jesus Christ is God, the eternal Son of God and has always existed. This is in no way to attack Jehovah Witnesses no. This is written in love because as Christians we want them to have eternal life also, these people have been victims of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, JW’s pray on people who have no knowledge of the scriptures and indoctrinates unsuspecting people.

Unfortunately, I see it every day, we’ve spoken to JW’s and people who might have been given one of their Awake or Watchtower magazines and share the gospel with them. Of course, there are mixed reactions JW’s will shun you if they cannot contend/answer your questions will ignore you or even call the authorities (the very people they teach you should avoid). Most people they trick typically are appreciative when letting them know that you sincerely care and are just helping them not fall into a cult. The point is all Christians should be willing to share the gospel with all people.

TO JEHOVAH WITNESSES 

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This is not an attack on you, this is to share the truth out of love. Toss away the New World Translation and read a real Bible, eternity is a long time to be wrong! If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness and want to learn more about what the Watchtower doesn’t want you to know you can visit jwfacts.com that is if you really want to know the truth.

Why aren’t more Christians sharing the Gospel?

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Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

Not long ago NYC celebrated it’s 48th pride parade June 23–25, a sad sight to behold. Droves of men and women flocked to the city to be loud, immoral and dance the day away. People from all walks of life lost in darkness blinded by their sin.

Strolling around this city the first few days back from living overseas I was shocked, to say the least. Being fully aware the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favour of same-sex marriage was one thing but it’s still shocking to see the downward spiral of man. As pride flags hung on the front door of some churches and people making comments saying God condones same-sex marriage is far from the truth. God never condones sin!

Feeling the sorrow inside for these people who are enemies of God. God calls sodomy an abomination, it’s a sin against His creation. Same-sex relationships are just as wrong as lying, fornication, murder, violence, blasphemy etc. Little do they realize they are on the broad road to eternal destruction (hell).

Romans 1:26–28 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Society is quick to call a person who speaks out against sin a “judgemental” or “hateful”. The devil has used “political correctness” to keep believers of Christ quiet. As Christians, we’re not hating anyone we’re warning you of the consequences you’ll face for going against God. We love all people and because we love we warn them out of love for them.

My brothers and sisters, I know sharing the Gospel with the lost can be uncomfortable, you don’t want to be hated or scoffed at. But you have to ask yourself this question when you face God and he asks you why didn’t you share the Gospel what will you say? We must speak out against all sin and share the good news how that Christ died for us opening the door of salvation to anyone who believes.

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

That’s a commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s not an option. I’m not saying you have to be an open air preacher, but you should be sharing the Gospel one way or the other. Whether that’s through one on one, or passing out tracks, social media, writing blogs, anything that gets the Gospel message out.

Romans 10:15 “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

As encouragement start speaking out, maybe gather some fellow friends who are believers and share God’s love with people, they need to know God offers them eternal life. Speak the truth in love. God bless.