posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 05:25 PM
Much depends on how you define "Cult." If you are thinking in terms of Waco, TX then no Christadelphia is not a cult, though they do differ greatly
from mainstream Christianity.
I grew up in a Church that was closely affiliated with Christadelphia. What you will find is a group that is dedicated to Bible study and living
right. Sounds great, but here is the problem: Rather than reading the word to find truth, they "already have the truth" and so read the scriptures
to confirm these beliefs. This leads to narrow thinking and has created a religion where your beliefs are actually what save you.
In true Christianity, Christ has saved us, it is finished; we must now choose whether we want to accept this gift or not. We can choose to accept the
gift and then live our lives for God because of what He has done, or we can reject the gift and bank on our own strength, willpower, or intelligence.
And this is what Christadelphians often do: they bank on their ability to have the correct interpretation of scripture. This is why you will find so
many divisions among them. To a Christadelphian, you must believe that the Kingdom of God is on earth and not in Heaven, or you can not be
saved. To a Christadelphian, you must believe that Satan is not a real entity or you can not be saved. Who decides who will be saved?
Certainly not me, and likewise not you or any person. Only God.
The basics of Christianity are clear in the Bible - We are sinful beings. God is perfect and therefore will not exist with sin. Therein is our
predicament - how do sinful creatures come to dwell with a perfect God? We must become sinless. Unfortunately for us, sinful creatures can not become
perfect by attempting to live right or by attempting to have the correct interpretation of scriptures. No we always fall well short. But out of His
great love God has provided Christ, His perfect Son to be a sacrifice to cover the sins of all who will believe in Him. By believing in Him we can
have new life. Christ has taken our sin on His shoulders - what should be our reaction? To pick up and follow Him - to live our lives according to the
commandments set up by God for our own benefit. Our works do nothing for our own salvation, they are only all we can do to give God the praise for
what He has done for us.
-- There is no other religion in the world that is like this. All others require a Mortal, sinful being to somehow break their predicament on their
own in order to dwell with God.
-- When you believe that you can rely on anything but the blood of Christ to achieve salvation, you are not Christian.
-- Herein lies the problem with Christadelphia. What saves us according to a Christadelphian? - Proper belief in the proper interpretation of
scripture, and Right living. This is not Christianity! Our statements of faith will not save us, nor will our charitable lifes. Only a belief in
Christ based upon our need for a Savior can save us.
If we add requrements for Salvation beyond Christ, then we are basically saying that His sacrifice was not enough. God freed us from our cage of sin,
and now we are running straight back into that cage and locking ourselves up.
Concluding - I do not want to consider Christadelphia a cult as that label rings of Waco, but many have the perspective of considering any Christian
offshoot that adds salvation requirments to the basic truths of Christianity to be a cult. In this sense I definitely agree.
Are all Christadelphians lost? It would be silly of me to say as only God knows our innermost hearts. Frankly, if He is able to save a sinner such as
me then there is certainly hope for everyone. You only need to believe in the complete saving power of Christ's blood. If you truly believe you will
follow Him the rest of your days. There will be ups and downs as we struggle with our desire for control, but you can trust in God that He has a plan
for you and you can always trust in His strength and perfect love