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When Bible teaching is compared with Church teaching, it can be seen that Christendom at large is astray from the Bible. This section deals with a selection of the questions that folk sometimes raise regarding the site.


Frequently Asked Questions:

We are developing this section of our website further as time goes on, but here are some of the questions folk sometimes raise.

If you have a question on any Bible subject, or in relation to this website, contact Christopher Maddocks

Who are the Christadelphians?

A group of people who believe the Bible's claim to be the Word of God, and base their beliefs on what it teaches. For a brief summary of what they believe, go here

What does the name "Christadelphian" mean?

In order to register as conscientious objectors in the American Civil War, early members of our movement were asked to take an identifying name. Both the English expression "Brethren in Christ" (taken from Colossians 1:2) and the one-word equivalent "Christadelphian" were chosen. The name "Christadelphian" is formed from three Greek roots: Christos (Christ), adelphoi (brethren) and the ending -ianos. The name can be compared to others like "Christian" (one belonging to Christ) and "Philadelphia" (city of brotherly love). Both the names "Christadelphian" and "Brethren in Christ" are used in our community around the world, with the term "Christadelphian" being more common in English-speaking countries.

If the Bible does not teach the doctrine of heavengoing, where did the idea come from?

The Church of England itself teaches that: "The idea of the inherent indestructibility of the human soul (or consciousness) owes its origin to Greek, not to Bible sources" (Towards the Conversion of England (1945). Like most false teachings, the idea finds its origin in pagan, or Greek mythology, not the Bible.

Why should I study the Bible?

The Apostle Paul wrote concerning the first principles of the Truth:

"by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain". (1 Cor. 15:2)

It is therefore important to study the Bible in order to learn about the Ways of God, and how He wishes us to life our lives. Again, the Apostle further wrote:

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (2 Timothy 3:15).

We must therefore study in order to be "approved unto God". This site offers many aids to study the Bible, and all of our publications should be read with the Bible in hand, and not on their own.

The Bible - Our Guide for what to believe

The Key to Understanding the Bible

The Bible - Which is a Reliable Translation?

How to Search the Scriptures - and the Result

Who are the "Waymark" brethren?

The Christadelphian Waymark is not the name of a fellowship, but of a magazine which finds no existence outside of it's own printed pages. Unlike some magazines, we do not encourage a grouping together of brethren according to which magazine they happen to read.

Who are the Committee that produce the magazine?

In short, there is no committee. Rather we follow the model of bre Thomas and Roberts, each of whom maintained sole responsibility for what they published. The magazine is edited and produced by Bro Chris Maddocks of the Thanet Christadelphian Ecclesia, yet who looks to certain other brethren and sisters for further input and guidance as appropriate. If you have comments about the magazine and it's contents, they will be gratefully received, as we are always seeking to improve!

What are the Aims and Objectives of the magazine?

In essence, it is to be devoted to the defence and proclamation of The Way of Life, in opposition to the dogmas of papal and protestant Christendom. A more detailed document is available on request.

I have read some of your articles dealing with doctrinal matters, where you spend much time in disagreeing with other people's point of view. don't you think that your time could be better spent on more edifying activities?

By contrast to the spirit of Humanism that permeates modern-day thinking, the Bible declares that there is "a time to break down" as well as "a time to build up" (Eccl. 3:3) - this magazine seeks to both break down the edifice of apostasy, but also build up the ecclesia of Christ in these last days.

If you would like to read edifying matter, we suggest you subscribe to our free mailing list, and obtain our weekly Sunday Exhortations.

Why are you airing Christadelphian "Dirty Linen" in public?

This query was posted and discussed on an online discussion-group (by those who object to individuals being openly named as proponents of wrong doctrine) in response to the "Contending for the Faith" section of our site. "Dirty Linen" is not a Bible expression: we prefer to use Bible words. Whereas men speak of "different points of view", deviations from Bible Truth are described in the Bible itself as "damnable heresies" (2 Peter 2:1). Those who teach things that are different to the Bible are described as "men of corrupt minds" (1 Timothy 6:5) and wolves in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15, Acts 20:29). We realise that these terms are generally unpopular in the humanistic "multi-faith" community in which we live, but they are Bible terms, and Christ's followers are to "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11).

The Bible itself gives an example of naming offenders in practice or doctrine. Jannes and Jambres are named as resisting Moses (2 Timothy 3:8). King David is named as an adulterer and a murderer (2 Samuel 12:7). Many other kings of Israel and Judah are named as idolaters, and murderers (cp. 2 Kings 21:16). Saul is named as failing to obey God (1 Samuel 15:23). Achan, Ananaias and Sapphira are named as stealing from God (Josh. 22:20, Acts 5:1). Judas is named as betraying Christ, Peter as denying him. The list could go on. And what about if an individual is disseminating false doctrine which undermines the Truth? Yes, Scripture names them also: see Hymenaeus and Philetus, whose "word will eat as doth a canker" (2 Tim. 2:17). Also, Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Ti. 1:20).

Notice that the Bible does not hide the identity of offenders: millions of copies of a book rendered in many languages, being available all over the world (i.e. The Bible) names all these individuals - and many more also before all men. Their names are laid bare before all, believers, non-believers, and disbelievers alike, to learn from, and heed their examples.

The example of The Bible (as seen above), shows that it is not wrong to identify those who are apostate in either doctrine or practice. Simply because a person claims to be a Christadelphian does not grant them immunity from scrutiny, or being named. Where false doctrine is openly taught, as in the cases described on this website, it is appropriate for a refutation to also be openly taught. The fact of the false teaching being open and public means that the difference is not simply an "internal" matter for Christadelphians to deal with privately amongst themselves: where those who claim to be Christ's brethren teach things different to Christ, and different to Christadelphians, we have a duty to point out the fact. If we do not point out the difference, folk may well assume that the doctrines of the pretenders are what the Christadelphians as a body believe, when in fact they do not. (There are cases of this nature).

To summarise, where folk openly claim to be presenting Bible (and Christadelphian) teaching, they should be ready to have their teaching scrutinised. By contrast to the claims of our detractors, it is not at all Christian to allow false teachers to influence the Flock of God anonymously.

How long has the magazine been going?

Since January 2000.

To submit any other questions, contact the secretary,

Christopher Maddocks