Sunday, July 10, 2005

Are you free?

If "the truth will set you free" then it follows that if you're not free then whatever it is you believe to be "the Truth" isn't the truth at all.

Over the years I have met many Christadelphians who are decent, good living people. They read their Bibles regularly, attend church ("meetings") regularly, obey the laws, keep themselves "separate from the world", and try to live by the commandments of Christ. Yet they are not happy with their relationship with God. Many Christadelphians find that their meetings do not satisfy them spiritually: the singing is often lifeless and dull; the exhortations and Bible studies are academic, theoretical and have little or no application to life; prayers are formal and impersonal. I have met many Christadelphians who long for something better - they want a deeper, more satisfying intimate relationship with God. Theoretically they believe this is possible because they read about it in their Bibles, yet they do not experience this in their personal spiritual lives.

If correct doctrine is as important as Christadelphianism teaches, and if Christadelphians really do have the Truth, then of all Christian denominations they should be the most free. Why is it that they're not?

Ask any Christadelphian if they are saved and they will probably tell you that they "hope" that they will be "accepted" at the Judgment Seat. Ask them how confident they are that they will be accepted and they will again say that they hope they will be considered worthy (or words to that effect). If correct doctrine is so important, and if Christadelphianism is so right, then why aren't Christadelphians more confident about their personal salvation?

I believe there is something fundamentally wrong with Christadelphian teaching that is preventing its members from experiencing true freedom in Christ. The object of this website is not to criticise Christadelphians or point out their failures - but rather, to offer some hope to the many Christadelphians who are desperately looking for something more fulfilling. I believe it's possible for Christadelphians to experience true freedom, to be assured of their salvation, and to know intimacy with God, and I hope to share this in future posts.

3 comments:

Lois said...

Wait a minute! I know Anglicans, United Reform, Baptist and Brethren who would fit in with your description here. It's not just some Christadelphians you know.

Besides, I believe it is VERY important not to be presumptuous: the teaching about the Judgement was integral to the apostle Paul's preaching, and we do well to bear it in mind. Judgement will begin at the house of God.

I know some Christians who have such wonderful assurance that it manifests in them not really living a holy life - once saved always saved. Too much assurance can dull the conscience.

Peter Shead said...

Well Lois, this is where the Bible and it's true teachings reach way beyond any sect or opinion. The Bible simply says we are saved by faith; faith first, faith last. Rom 1:16-17. This is the hardest thing in the world to have if we are normal human beings, for it means we have to come out of the bushes and walk naked with Jesus Gen 3:7-10. He alone saves and has already atoned for ALL your sins past and future 1 John 4:10 if you accept (faith) that sacrifice of love.

Lois said...

That's true Peter. I know Spirit-filled born again AOG Christians who are "in bondage" to many fears, delusions and all kinds of strange things: though of course they profess to being "free" in fact they aren't "free" because if they were to take the beam out of their own eye they would see all the things they are "in bondage" to!!!!

Freedom in Christ depends on the individual no matter what denomination they are in - I've known some Christadelphians who are very free in Christ and enjoy a close walk with Him.