2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
We live in a day and age where the truth of God’s word is not held in the highest regard. Attacks on Christianity rages on with the infiltration of those who claim to be Christian but spread false doctrine; false teachers as the apostle Peter mentioned (2 Peter 2:1). The Lord Jesus warned us that wolves in sheep’s clothing would come to deceive (Matthew 7:15, 10:16, Luke 10:3).
Paul the apostle even grieved for the believers in Miletus and saying “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Acts 20:29. The early believers had to deal with those who tried to bring us into bondage with false doctrine, those who would claim to be brethren.
Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
For the next few posts, we’ll refute the false doctrine of the Christadelphians. As believers, we have fellowship (κοινωνία) when our doctrine is the same because of God’s word, not because we choose to place differences aside. True fellowship is something we automatically have not something we agree to have.
Let’s look at one claim made by the Christadelphian cult, we’re going to spend some time going through them one by one. As we test the spirits we will start to see how false doctrine cannot endure when we use God’s word to bring all falsity down.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Here’s a direct quote from the Christadelphian site under “our beliefs” and “Nature of Christ”.
“The fundamental truth of the Bible is that God is One. Any teaching that in any way appears to deviate from or undermime this profound truth must be very firmly substantiated. The doctrine of the Trinity pretends to be such a teaching, yet it is entirely absent from the entire Old Testament. This doesn’t make sense.” – christadelphia.org
I love how God shows the true child of God that such claims as these are not true, God has indeed shown us time and time again even in the Old Testament that God is comprised of 3 distinct persons in the Godhead. A common trait of cults is the attack on the “Trinity”, let’s have scripture do the talking.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
A classic verse which proves the plurality in the Godhead “Let us make” shows communication within the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). When the scriptures speak of “God” it’s referring to the being of God; God in His totality. Christians who believe in the Godhead never deny that God is one we completely believe in one God as the Shema states.
6:4 שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃
6:4 καὶ ταῦτα τὰ δικαιώματα καὶ τὰ κρίματα ὅσα ἐνετείλατο κύριος τοῗς υἱοῗς Ισραηλ ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ἐξελθόντων αὐτῶν ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου ἄκουε Ισραηλ κύριος ὁ θεὸς ἡμῶν κύριος εἷς ἐστιν
Let us (plural) because I’m not here writing to myself but to anyone else who’s reading this, just as God is not talking to Himself, He doesn’t have a split personality disorder. Therefore who is God speaking with when stating “Let us make”? Angels have no hand in creation, therefore, it’s not the angels God is speaking too, who is God speaking with?
Another Old Testament verse which proves the plurality in the distinction of persons within the Godhead is found again in Genesis. When the tower of babel was being constructed and mankind at the time was one language, they refused to obey the LORD by not scattering themselves and inhabiting all the lands. Instead, they looked to exalt themselves building a tower to reach heaven. Then the LORD came down to see the city and tower (Genesis 11:5)
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
The verse here says the LORD is speaking and says “let us go down”, once again who is the LORD speaking with? We can derive from these verses that there’s a conversation taking place between persons. Another verse I would like to bring to your attention is one in Isaiah. The prophet Isaiah saw the Lord in all His glory on the throne.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
And if you’re familiar with the book of Isaiah, when he comes face to face with the Lord he becomes aware of his sin and says he’s undone. Isaiah is not the only one who had this experience Job felt the same way as well as John the apostle. When John came face to face with Christ in the book of Revelation it says he “fell at His feet as dead” (Revelation 1:17).
Isaiah goes onto say that he is a man of unclean lips he recognized his sin as he saw the Lord. Just as we all came to that same conclusion before the Lord that we too are sinners and have sinned against God.
Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
If Isaiah saw “the King, the LORD of hosts” which speaks only of God Himself then who did He see? Because the scriptures say that no man has seen God, and we know that God’s word never contradicts, therefore, who did Isaiah see?
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
He didn’t see the Father because no man can see the Father and live, He dwells in unapproachable light which no man can see.
1 Timothy 6:14-16 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Who did Abraham see when he was told Sarah would bare him a son and she laughed? Who did Jacob wrestle with when it’s stated Jacob wrestled with God? It’s easy for Christians to explain because we know that God is one but God is 3 distinct persons, therefore, we can prove that the Father was never seen but the Son was. This is why it’s very easy to break down the cult teachings of the Christadelphians or Jehovah Witnesses who only affirm God is one, but they fail to see the distinction of persons in the Godhead.
Question#1 for Christadelphians
If Christadelphians still want to deny Jesus as being God then they need to answer these 3 questions. God alone is the creator of all things as I’m certain they believe then why is Jesus Christ given the same attributes in scripture which belongs to God alone. The Psalmist when praying to God Almighty spoke these words.
Psalm 102:1, 25-27 [[A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. … Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
We also have the writer in the epistle to the Hebrews making this direct claim about the Lord Jesus in the 1 chapter when it speaks about how Christ is better than the angels and attributing creation to Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:10-12 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
These 2 scriptures are in harmony with the gospel of John speaking of the Word being God and that nothing was made without the Word. John said all things were created by the Word another name for Jesus Christ.
John 1:1-3 In 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.
The book of Colossians applies the same attributes which only belong to God to the Lord Jesus. Therefore if Jesus shares the same attributes of deity with the Father you must conclude that Jesus Christ is God, just as the Holy Spirit is God. All three distinct persons of the Godhead are co-equal sharing the same divine nature.
Colossians 1:14-17 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 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.
Question#2 for Christadelphians
Cults such as Christadelphians or Jehovah Witnesses say that Jesus was the first creation of God and through Jesus was everything else made. They normally cite the verse in Colossians 1:15 saying the mention of the word “firstborn” proves He was created. The problem with this is “firstborn” doesn’t mean actual birth.
Firstborn in Greek is prōtotokos which means also preeminence or position, it is because Jesus created all things He is before all things in position “firstborn”. We read later just a few verses down how Jesus is the “firstborn” of the dead.
Colossians 1:18 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.
Now we know when something is dead it’s not born therefore we must conclude that it means Jesus Christ was the first to be resurrected from the dead. Notice also that at the end of that verse it mentions “that in all things he might have the preeminence” meaning that He’s first in all things. God also calls king David His “firstborn” in Psalm 89 because he was chosen of the LORD, but as we know David was not the firstborn among the sons of Jesse.
Psalm 89:20-27 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
Question#3 for Christadelphians
In the Old Testament to “call upon the name of the Yĕhovah” (יְהֹוָה) is a phrase only used in reference to God. The Greek Septuagint is the translation of the Hebrew scriptures into Greek translated by the Hebrews at that time around 200-250BC.
The phrase “call upon the name of the Yĕhovah” is used in prayer worship and adoration only. The Jews translated that phrase into Greek as reading “call upon the name of the LORD” this phrase is used by Paul the apostle in reference to Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
Why is Paul the apostle applying the same phrase to the Lord Jesus Christ?
If you’re part of the Christadelphian cult this is to warn you of the erroneous teachings you’re being indoctrinated with. We pray you’ll look into this for yourself open your Bible and see if these things be so. Don’t let this cult rob you of your eternity in heaven.
Christadelphians are not Christian. Like all cults, Christadelphianism denies one or more of the essential doctrines of Christianity: Jesus is God, the physical resurrection, and salvation by grace. In this case, it is the deity of Christ and salvation by grace through faith that are the problems with this group.
They teach heresies such as…
- Jesus had a sinful nature (The Christadelphians, What They Believe, by Harry Tennant, The Christadelphian, England, p. 74 – this is a Christadelphian book.)
- Jesus needed salvation, (Christadelphian Answers, ed. by Frank G. Jannaway, The Herald Press, p. 25 – another Christadelphian book).
- Jesus is not God in flesh (Answers, p. 22).
- That Jesus’ atonement was not substitutionary (Answers, p. 25; What They Believe, p. 71).
- Baptism is necessary for salvation (What They Believe, p. 71,72, 207-210)
Again if you’re part of this cult read the Bible alone without any of the Christadelphian books/magazines and you’ll quickly start to see how their doctrine is of the devil.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
It’s your choice your eternity, will you place it in the hands of a group of men or God?