Doctrines Christadelphians Believe and Teach
- That the Bible is the only source now extant of
knowledge concerning God and His purposes, and it
was wholly given by the unerring inspiration of God
in the writers, and that such errors as have since
crept in are due to transcription or translation.
(II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:15-16)
- That there is but ONE God, the Father, dwelling
in heaven, who, out of His own underived energy
created heaven and earth, and all that in them is.
- That Jesus Christ is the Son of God (not "God
the Son", a phrase not found in scripture),
begotten of the virgin Mary by the power of the
- That God is omnipresent by the means of His
spirit flowing out from His personal presence. This
spirit power is universal in upholding all things
in the natural world. For the performance of work
that is supernatural and sacred the same spirit by
special concentration of the Divine Will becomes
Holy Spirit for the holy or sacred work determined
to be done.
- That man is mortal, a creature of the dust.
Immortality is not a present possession, but will
be bestowed upon the worthy at the resurrection.
- That man in death is unconscious, and depends
upon a resurrection for a future life.
- That death came into the world through the
disobedience of one man. "Wherefore as by one man
sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and
so death passed upon all men, in whom all have
sinned". (Romans 5:12)
- That as death came into the world through sin,
it can only be abolished through the righteousness
of one who was raised up in the condemned race of
Adam, in the line of Abraham and David, who though
wearing the condemned nature was to obtain a title
to resurrection by perfect obedience, and by dying
abrogate the law of condemnation for HIMSELF, and
all who should believe and obey him.
- That at the appearing of Christ prior to the
establishment of the Kingdom, the responsible
(faithful and unfaithful), dead and living of both
classes, will be summoned before his judgment seat
"to be judged according to their works," "and
receive in body according to what they have done,
whether it be good or bad."
- That the gospel concerns the "Kingdom of God"
(for the establishment of which Christ taught his
disciples to pray, and of which the prophet Daniel
says, "the God of heaven shall set up"), and the
"Things concerning the Name of Jesus Christ," a
knowledge and adherence to which are necessary for
salvation. (Acts 8:12)
- That the Kingdom when established will be the
kingdom of Israel restored, in the territory it
formerly occupied, viz, the land bequeathed to
Abraham and his seed (the Christ), by
- That baptism into the Name of the Lord Jesus
Christ, after knowledge of God's plan, and a
faithful walk therein, is essential to
In addition to the above twelve doctrines it
should be recognized that the Christadelphians
believe that the commandments of Christ must
determine our behavior and attitudes in all
aspects of our lives, and we stress that it is
increasingly needful to be governed by them in
these perilous last days of gross immorality.
We therefore recommend that all brethren of
Christ give attention to these commandments and
consistently use them as their standard of