The History of The Christadelphian Advocate

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In March 1885 the founding editor, Thomas Williams sent out the first edition of The Christadelphian Advocate magazine to the brotherhood.

Our Name And Object

Forasmuch, as many among us have for some time, desired a monthly periodical in America, for the purpose of advocating the truth "concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ;" and also to be used as a medium of communication between Christadelphian bodies scattered throughout this continent; we now make our appearance in response to such desires, under the name of THE CHRISTADELPHIAN ADVOCATE.

It hath pleased God in these last times of the Gentiles, to cause a revival of promulgation of the "one gospel" which had for ages been perverted and almost-if not altogether-extinguished, by the power of that "mystery of iniquity", whose coming has been "after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish."

The Truth's Revival

The revival of the truth as it is in Christ Jesus came about in the mid-eighteen hundreds through one John Thomas, whose indefatigable labors in the glorious cause of truth, have resulted in arresting the attention of many good and honest hearts. Their studies caused them to embrace the one gospel apostolically delivered almost two thousand years ago. Those having embraced the one gospel, have necessarily come out from the broad ways of the apostasy, and have banded together in groups known as ecclesia's (brethren in Christ), now to be found in many places in the world.

The Name Christadelphian

The word "Christadelphian" having become what it was intended to be-a distinguishing name-has been chosen on that account, so that it might be distinctly understood that we belong to, and shall to the best of our ability represent, that sect everywhere spoken against. "Advocate" has been selected because our object is to devote our-selves to the advocacy of those Bible truths which are essential to be believed in order to become brethren in Christ. In entering upon a work of this character of publishing a magazine, we are not unaware of the responsibilities assumed. We suppose that every work issuing forth from the (printing) press, has to become a target for the sharp and penetrating arrows of the critic. The mere literary critic, however, we care but little for, as we make no claim to excellence in the literary sense, and do not expect to be proof against criticism from such a standpoint. Our purpose is that we may write so as to be understood by the "partially educated" and the poor of this world. We know from experience and observation that it is among the impossibilities for anyone to conduct a periodical in such a manner as to please everyone.

Inasmuch as there is much diversity in "running a paper" there has to be someone to hold the reins, and so, we must ask that we be allowed to guide The Christadelphian Advocate; to decide what goes into the pages and that which goes in the waste basket.

Forbearance then must therefore play its part, and why shouldn't it, as long as it continues to be a virtue? In laying down this rule by which we intend to be governed, it must not be understood that we by any means ignore the fact that "where no counsel is the people fall, but in the multitude of counselers there is safety."

"Counsel is what we shall at all times crave from those who have proven themselves "workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".

The Conservative Way

Our object is to declare to the dying race of humanity the unadulterated word of the gospel, and to maintain the "form of sound doctrine delivered unto us". In carrying out this object, we shall do as advised in the language of a brother, namely, "Let your contributors be none others than veterans in the truth-not in rhetoric, nor "the wisdom of this world,"-but in sound doctrine. This conservative method may not be the most popular, and indeed may end in disaster, financially, to THE CHRISTADELPHIAN ADVOCATE, but what of that? Were we after of popularity and financial success, we should be found in different ranks than those of the despised Nazarene. If the work cannot be carried on in accordance with the principles of the truth, which lead in none other than the "strait and narrow way", and if in pursuing the strait and narrow way, it becomes crippled, and falls for lack of financial support, then let it fall rather than step out into the "broad way that leads to destruction".