There are a few websites out there that are determined to show that Christadelphians are wrong, with erroneous ideas or misguided pioneer founders. This post is deliberately aimed at reaching those who might be searching for this kind of material.
The problem with these views is that they look too much at people, and not enough at the Bible. Humans are all fallible individuals, with the capacity to make mistakes. That is why Christadelphians place all their trust on the Bible itself, which they believe is infallible, and the only sure way to be on the right course.
I believe Christadelphians have the right approach to the Scriptures for three reasons. Firstly, they have always tried to help people to search the Scriptures for themselves, not merely join their groups. That is why they use a lot of resources to host Learn to Read the Bible Effectively seminars, and never seek to just fill seats. It’s why a lot of this site is aimed at helping people to read the Bible, and why the process of being baptised is a careful and sometimes lengthy one, not a quick fix. This was the approach commended in Scripture, especially of the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether those things were so,” (Acts 17v2). That is also why they never ask for money from those who attend events – they do not seek to make money from converts.
The second reason: Christadelphians are convinced that the only way to find out the Truth of the Scriptures is to read them. As often as possible. (“The Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus,” 2 Timothy 3v15.) And to talk about them, discuss them, test ideas in Scripture by comparing them with other verses, and think carefully about what verses are telling us. Not merely to listen to charismatic speakers, or wait for a miracle to happen. Christadelphians are one of the few (only?) church groups who are guided solely by the Bible, and not by a Pope, vicar, priest, pastor, alternative writings, or society’s trends. If the Bible is the standpoint for absolute truth, then surely this approach must be right. (For more on the idea of absolute truth, see this post.)
It must be pointed out that Christadelphians place a huge difference on what is a fundamental Scriptural teaching (sometimes called a First Principle – you can read them here) and a suggestion. Many ideas on prophecy, for example, can only be suggestions as it is very difficult to prove those that are still future. First Principles however are tried and tested ideas that are attested by many verses from all over the Bible, not just in the New Testament. If some of the pioneer founders of the group made predictions that did not come true, it does not affect the First Principles that they derived from the Bible.
Finally, they like to prove their beliefs by always backing them up with Scripture. That is why you will see verses quoted a lot on this site, and also in public talks. Because if it can’t be shown that an idea is Scriptural, then you shouldn’t be asked to believe it.