In Defence of our Faith

This page has been setup as a resource for Christadelphians to quickly find those spiritual defences to our faith – allowing us quickly to establish biblical truth by turning to Gods word. The page is setup to defend both false doctrines from other religions and common contentious issues found within ecclesial life that on occasions need to be confronted. Much of the editorial content relies heavily on the defences set out within Wrested Scriptures by Bro. Ron Abel.

Where possible each section includes our suggested  video presentations as well as articles and links on the various topics. This is very much a work in progress, and as such each section will offer the ability to comment on suggested helpful links, verses, and arguments. We will continually update the contents of the site as new material is provided.

Table of Contents
Immortality of the Soul

It is useful in discussion to lead the conversation by well-chosen questions which guide the disputant to the desired conclusion without having to tell him so. This approach reduces the “loss of face” which can be a barrier to further profitable discussion.

This is especially true of discussion on the death state in which the loss of loved ones may prejudice a reasoned consideration of the evidence.

The following questions are samples:
a) How can it be said that Christ brought immortality to light (2 Tim. 1:10) if man has been immortal since Adam?
b) How can immortality be sought for (Rom. 2:7) if it is already a present possession?
c) If Adam had an immortal soul, why was he thrust out of the garden that he might not “live forever”? (Gen 3:22).
d) If the souls of the righteous go to heaven at death, why a resurrection? (Usually the reply is, “for the purpose of Judgment,” but this implies that souls are rewarded first, and then judged!)

2. The doctrine of the immortality of the soul destroys the arguments whereby the New Testament writers affirm the resurrection of the dead.
a) “If Christ be not raised . . . then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” (1 Cor 15:17,18). But how can these dead saints be said to be sleeping if their souls (the real saints) are already in heaven, and how can it be said that these saints would perish unless Christ be raised, if their immortal souls go to bliss at death?
b) The Apostle Paul said, “If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not?” (1 Cor 15:32). If the soul is immortal (and hence can enjoy heavenly bliss separated from the body) why does the Apostle stress “if the dead rise not”? Why the concern for the body if the soul can enjoy bliss without the body?

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. Establish eternal life is a GIFT, and DEATH is our natural state without our saviour.
  2. The bible is clear that our hope is in a RESURRECTION
  3. The SOUL is subject to death.
  4. The SOUL is able to be saved,
  5. An Assurance that despite death the faithful will see their redeemer – but not until THE LATTER Days (ie. Resurrection)
  6. Our hope summarized in a verse.

These are our suggested videos on this topic, you can see all available videos on the immortal soul
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A Reward in Heaven?

The dead lie unconscious in the grave; they suffer no pain, but “sleep in the dust of the earth” (Daniel 12:2). The widespread idea that man possesses an “immortal soul” and goes on living after death (usually “in heaven”) is definitely not a Bible teaching. The Church of England Commission which produced in 1945 its report Towards the Conversion of England, stated clearly that the idea of the immortal soul “owes its origin to Greek, not the Bible, sources” (page 23). The theory was early absorbed into the teaching of the Church from paganism, and is an important example of a number of changes in original Christian beliefs made over the centuries.

Heaven going always needs to be dealt with using compassion, and we need to be mindful interested friends likely have loved ones that they think as somehow still existing. As always we need to rely on Gods word unfolding its message.

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Explanation

  1. Establish the bibles clear teaching that some “sleep” awaiting a resurrection
  2. Reward or condemnation is your choice to make
  3. Resurrection from the dead is the reward set forward in the bible.
  4. The Reward is yet “COMING”
  5. Death is a punishment for sin, not a gateway to a reward in heaven.
  6. God wants all to accept him.

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Hell – A Place of Torment?

All go to hell when death comes. Even Jesus was no exception (see Acts 2:25-31). It is not, however, a fearful place where those who have not satisfied God’s requirements suffer eternal torment by  fire.

Its meaning must be derived from the original Hebrew and Greek words used and be in harmony with overall Scriptural teaching. This teaching is that the bodies of the responsible dead wait to be regenerated and brought to life again at the return of Jesus so that all might receive the decision of the righteous judge. Those accounted worthy will be made immortal and inherit the earth (they do not go to heaven). Those accounted as not worthy of immortality will perish (they do not suffer eternal torment in the raging fires of an imaginary  hell).

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. Establish the bibles clear teaching the Grave is nor a place of torment
  2. The Faithful will be “resurrected” from the grave (Sheol/Hell)
  3. Confirmation of the previous verses
  4. Punishment is DEATH, which is complete unconsciousness
  5. Death is not the end, but we will be delivered from the grave (Hades)
  6. Death entered the world through Adam, In Christ we can be made alive.

These are our suggested videos on this topic, you can see all available videos on hell
Below are other articles and booklets directly or indirectly related to this topic
  1. Heaven and Hell – What the Bible Teaches
  2. After Death, What?
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Resurrection

Scriptures consistent message is in a resurrection. From Abraham being promised land he never received ( Gen 15:18 ) to the righteous being referred to as “sleeping” the bible constantly re-affirms death is not the end for the righteous. Paul states that the resurrection is the reason for our labour ( 1 Cor 15:32 )

This clear bible teaching runs contrary to the common belief of heaven going, it useful to show that this is the belief given by many faithful in the bible, Abraham (Heb 11:19), Daniel (Dan 12:2) Job (Job 19:26-27) Isaiah (Isa 26:19) and Martha ( John 11:23-24 )to name a few.

With the bibles teaching firmly established, consider questions as to how this fits with heaven going and an immortal soul? Does it make sense for an immortal soul to go back to a body that then needs to be judged? Gods word is not out to trick us, and its teaching is clear.

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. Establish the bibles clear teaching the Dead will be risen
  2. Show we have no existence other than our bodily form
  3. Redemption of our bodies, our hope is a bodily resurrection only
  4. Shows gods promises yet unfilled – Necessitates Abrahams resurrection
  5. Shows personal testimony from faithful of this belief.
  6. Like Martha, we too know that the dead in christ will arise on that great day of the resurrection

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Theistic Evolution

A current trend in popular thinking is that all living things evolved through random modification and subsequent natural selection. The commonly resulting belief is “Theistic Evolution”: an attempt to combine the Creation and Evolution theories. Theistic evolutionists believe the Bible the inspired word of God, yet also believe man’s existence on Earth to be derived from millions of years of evolution.

Where evolution requires death, time and gradual improvements the bible clearly states Adam was the first man and he had no help meet (Gen 2:18-20) (so no direct evolutionary descendants) It also states death does not enter the human race until Adam and Eve both ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17). A belief in the bible and a belief in the origins of man being through a process of gradual improvements  is therefore not tenable, and must be rejected.

The underlying bible principle found in Jude 3 is to defend the flock from such modern ideas, an idea also urged in Pauls letter in 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. God is not the author of confusion
  2. Death began at Adam, Yet evolution would require hundreds of generations of death to progress forward.
  3. Adam was the first “Son of God” did not have descendants as required be evolution.
  4. Eve called “Mother of all”
  5. Summary of the creation plan, highlighting it took 6 days not millions of years to populate it with all living things.
  6. Through one man comes death (Adam).  Through Christ life.

This is also a fantastic multi-part study on theistic evolution . The speaker has requested it be password protected so please contact us with your name and ecclesia for it to be provided.

These are our suggested videos on this topic, you can see all available videos on Theistic evolution 
Below are other articles and booklets directly or indirectly related to this topic

Genesis 1-2: A Harmonised and Historical Reading
I’m pleased to announce the publication of this book. Through a close examination of the scriptural text it is a defence of the integrity of Genesis 1-2. While the book is set specifically against evolutionary creationist treatments of these chapters as dis-harmonised and non-historical, it nevertheless serves to explain why any liberal biblical critical handling of the early chapters of Genesis is faulty. This paperback is 182 pages the price is US$10.95. It can be purchased from lulu.com via the following link: http://www.lulu.com/ascentpublications All proceeds from this book will go to The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (https://napac.org.uk/). Bro Peter Heavyside We ( Christadelphianvideo.org) in no can verify the legitimacy of the charity mentioned or the means by which the charity will receive the funds, We provide  the individual .pdf that make up the publication  free for those who cannot afford to purchase the book - as is our policy  We have agreed to advertise the publication for those who wish to go ahead and purchase the book, but accept no responsibility for the site or any monies paid to an external source. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Christadelphianvideo.org is unfunded and managed by volunteers and will, therefore, receive no part of any payment made through the purchase of this book. ...
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Theistic Evolution: On the Origin of Man - Christadelphian Answers
Follow Bible Truth and Prophecy on WordPress.com Theistic Evolution: On the Origin of Man It is a common challenge for the modern Christian to unify his belief in the Bible, which describes God as the Creator of all, with the current trend in popular thinking that all living things evolved through random modification and subsequent natural selection. The commonly resulting belief is “Theistic Evolution”: an attempt to combine the Creation and Evolution theories. Theistic evolutionists believe the Bible the inspired word of God, yet also believe man’s existence on Earth to be derived from millions of years of evolution. We consider the philosophical and theological credibility of ‘Theistic Evolution’ with particular reference to the origin and development of Man. Argument 1: The Origin and Trend of Morality Evolution insists humans developed from less complex animal life. (1) Therefore the initial moral state of the human species must be zero (amoral). By contrast the Bible insists the first man was created by a direct act of God, and created in a state described as ‘very good:’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them… God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27,) The Bible also describes the first man as displaying positive moral attributes by tending and caring for other living things, albeit at God’s behest: The LORD God took  the  man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work  it and take care of  it (Genesis 2:15) This results in a natural contradiction between the two theories. Resolution of this contradiction may be possible: one could argue a species is not human until it evidences a positive moral behaviour (a ...
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Part 1: CREATION – A CLOSER LOOK AT GENESIS – INTRO – Don Pearce
Part 1 Over the next few weeks we will be serializing this fascinating article that recently appeared in the Bible Magazine (Fall 2015)- The result of a lifetime of study, Bro Don has put together this extensive document, that we hope will assist those who have struggled with this fundamental subject, helping all to come to a clear and complete understanding of the first chapter of Genesis. A note from the author….. “ Genesis, the bedrock of the scriptures, the foundation stone, is examined in detail and I aim to provide clear and concise explanations to many of the questions that are asked about this opening chapter of God’s Holy Word.” CREATION – A CLOSER LOOK AT GENESIS CH 1 Thy word IS true from the beginning. Psa. 119:160 Over 1,900 years ago, the Lord Jesus revealed one of the signs of our times by stating what will be his challenge to the nations when he calls upon them to accept to accept his position as Israel’s new King. This challenge follows on from the great destruction of Israel’s enemies on the mountains of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon. The Jews left in their land will have accepted their deliverer as their Messiah, and there unfolds a great work to bring the scattered Jews back to their homeland and to recognise their Messiah. In parallel will be the great work for the saints to bring the nations into submission to Christ’s rule. The message has been clearly set out. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of ...
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Is the firmament of Genesis chapter 1 solid? Part 1-Matthew Davies / Mark Allfree (Nottingham Forest Road, 2015)
Study 1 Is the firmament of Genesis chapter 1 solid? Introduction There is a view that is gaining currency within Christadelphian circles that Genesis chapter 1, far from being a true historical account of the origins of the heavens and the earth, is a polemic against ancient near eastern mythology. It is seen as an attack on the creation stories of other ancient civilizations. In their stories the universe begins as a watery chaos, ruled over by sea monsters. These sea monsters are defeated by the gods, who then argue amongst themselves about the creative plan. With great effort on their part the universe is brought into being. In stark contrast, the God of the Hebrews, the God of Genesis 1, is the one who creates the sea monsters in the first place. God is alone and unopposed in all that He says and does. He speaks and the creative work is done. According to this view, it is a mistake to view Genesis chapter 1 as a true historical account of the Divine work of creation. This was never its intended function. This allows for the accommodation of evolutionary theory into the creative narrative. Is the firmament in Genesis 1 a solid dome? A significant foundation stone for this understanding of Genesis 1 is the assertion that the firmament in Genesis 1 is portrayed as being solid. The reasoning is that ancient near eastern civilisations believed that the earth was flat, supported by two pillars, and that the firmament was a solid, dome-like structure in which the sun, moon and stars were set. The waters below this firmament represented the seas, and above the solid, dome-like firmament was the ocean of heaven. It is further reasoned that the writer of the book of Genesis, in his description of God’s creative work, assumes that this understanding of the cosmos is correct. Since we now know that ...
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Can “Special Creation” and TE/EC be taught from the same platform? -.Christadelphian Answers
Follow Bible Truth and Prophecy on WordPress.com One of the refrains we hear from those who support or accept that TE/EC can be accepted in Central Fellowship is “I am happy if you wish to continue to believe in God creating the world in six literal days – just allow me my belief that we got here by God using evolution.”But can this position be maintained Biblically? Do the Scriptures of Truth, that should be the arbiter in these discussions, allow for such a proposition that two opposing views of our God be promulgated from the same platform?What does Scripture say? Firstly let the Apostle Paul issue a note of caution – “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” – 1 Corinthians 14:33. The context of the whole section in which this verse is located is the counsel of the Apostle that there should not be differing voices in the Ecclesia. We should all be speaking the same thing – to the edification of the body as a whole and not to the ‘glory’ of the individual. The Apostle’s inspired comment in verse 33 is also to be seen in the context of verses 7 to 9 which in turn are based on Numbers 10:1 – 9. “And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? For ye shall speak into the air.” Can we imagine what would have happened in the camp of Israel if there had been ...
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Comprehensive study on theistic evolution -School of the Prophets
Here is a 16 part series given by Bro Ron Cowie at the Pacific Northwest School of the Prophets (9 of which we have made public). Some of the talks are behind a firewall and restricted viewing. To receive the link to the videos that are not in this playlist please email [email protected] stating name and ecclesia. The theme of the studies is "Keep That Which Is Committed To Thy Trust" - Meeting The Challenges Of The Last Days and is a comprehensive study on theistic evolution. The talks will be released as we produced them, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/BibleProphecyTruth The titles of the individual videos are as follows Class 1 - The Unique Challenges of the Last Days Class 2 - Post-Modernism and the Believer - Be Not Deceived Class 3 - Theistic Evolution the Sad Compromise Class 4 - Why We Believe What We Believe Class 5 - Young or Old Earth Class 6 - The Pioneers and the Watford Situation Class 7 - Can Science and the Bible Coexist Class 8 - Implications of Theistic Evolution Class 9 - Stimulating Our Intellect Class 10 - Where the Evolution Model Fails Class 11 - Contending Earnestly For the Faith Class 12 - The Creator Made Known By His Works Class 13 - Is God a Moral Monster Class 14 - The Philosophy of Simple Trust Class 15 - Peace Be Still - Acts 27 Class 16 - Exhort - Created in Christ Jesus Unto Good Works produced by www.christadelphianvideo.org ...
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Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Theistic Evolution
The theistic evolutionists suggest that Genesis 1 gives a transcendent description of God but in Genesis 2 we have a more anthropomorphic depiction (human characteristics applied to God), and that this is good evidence for Genesis 1 and 2 representing two differing stories. Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 1 Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 2 Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 3 Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 4 Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 5 Are Genesis 1 and 2 two different creation stories? Pt 6 It is a common challenge for the modern Christian to unify his belief in the Bible, which describes God as the Creator of all, with the current trend in popular thinking that all living things evolved through random modification and subsequent natural selection. The commonly resulting belief is “Theistic Evolution”: an attempt to combine the Creation and Evolution theories. Theistic evolutionists believe the Bible the inspired word of God, yet also believe man’s existence on Earth to be derived from millions of years of evolution. We consider the philosophical and theological credibility of ‘Theistic Evolution’ with particular reference to the origin and development of Man. Follow Bible Truth and Prophecy on WordPress.com Watch in Full HD below - Click Image to play ...
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Theistic Evolution: A Challenge For Our Times.
Christadelphians 'DO NOT' believe in Theistic Evolution! But what is Theistic Evolution, Evolutionary Creationism or GDE (God Directed Evolution)? This Video Explains what it is, how it first appeared in the Christadelphian Community 50+ years ago and It shows how the Christadelphians dealt with the issue. Today, many 'Christians' have accepted TE as fact and embrace the so-called scientific evidence in support of TE. Today the issue has resurfaced in our community mainly due to key Bible truths being undermined, such as.... the inspiration of the whole of the Bible is no longer accepted by some as truth, (2 Tim 3:16) they claim the opening chapters of the book of Genesis is not a historical account and that the text has been added to and believe various other delusions to justify their convictions. The presenter of this video takes us through some of the questions and answers that are presented as proof of TE, showing that with only the smallest amount of scriptural knowledge coupled with an acceptance that the whole of the Bible is Inspired (God Breathed) by God, the 'theory' of TE is easily dismissed, just as it was in the 1960's when those who promoted such views were withdrawn from due to serious error. Watch this video and understand the arguments put forth and be edified and encouraged by the truth of the scriptures. This video shows how Theistic Evolution is an attempt to change the unchangeable word of the creator God to make it fit with so called scientific evidence. The video shows how Theistic Evolution is incompatible with the Bible and the Christadelphian Statement of Faith Watch in Full HD below - Click Image to play ...
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Baptism

The bible is clear that baptism is essential for salvation, It says “whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved”  (Mark 15:15-16) It is therefore essential that baptism comes after belief in the word of God – and as such baptism of infants and baptism without correct understanding cannot be the baptism of the bible.

The symbolic act of baptism, burying the old self and washing away sins is a clear bible teaching. It requires you understand what you are doing, and it requires a symbolic immersion into water.  This is different to many who consider splashing water over an instant a true baptism. The following resources will explore the important biblical truth on the topic.

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. Baptism essential for salvation
  2. Belief essential for biblical baptism
  3. Baptism is a washing of sins
  4. Baptism linked with a symbolic burial, and a newness of life.

These are our suggested videos on this topic, you can see all available videos on baptism 
Below are other articles and booklets directly or indirectly related to this topic
  1. Why Baptism Really Matters
  2. What is Baptism About?
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Evolution

The theory of evolution has been an onslaught on the belief in a God. It is systematically taught in the school systems, and professed as fact everywhere you look. The belief in a God has been denigrated in favour of this modern thinking. However, evolution is a theory not backed by facts. Defending your faith to someone who has a belief in evolution requires you to show firstly that the theory of evolution is firstly flawed, and that it is in direct contradiction of the sure evidences we have that God is indeed working all around us, from the sheer complexity of our planet, to the outworking of incredible prophecies.

It’s important to note, that often people strongly professing evolution simply do not want a belief in God, the people who just go along with “modern thinking” are the ones that you can potentially open their eyes. Those who immerse themselves in the word of God look at the world around them with different eyes ( Psalm 119:130 ). Where we give glory to the creator of the heavens and the earth, evolutionists put their faith in chance happenings.

It’s hard to argue evolution from the stand point of the bible, when someone does not even believe its validity. The presenters in the videos we showcase here take differing angles, from the complexity of nature to prophecy.

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
Explanation

  1. Mans Privileged position in the hierarchy of nature.
  2. The wonderment of nature a testimony to gods creation
  3. An example of mans denial of truth.
  4. The way of righteousness

Debates on evolution tend not to follow scriptural verses, it’s imperative that the veracity of the bible is first proven because the verses above will do little for a non believer.  As a result the videos in the next section take differing paths, mostly choosing to prove and demonstrate creation from nature itself, using its fascinating complexities and revealing the finger prints of our creator.

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Satan/Devils/Demons

This is a commonly misunderstood topic, that ultimately results in people reading the bible with misconceptions and preconceived ideas mainly because devils, satan and demons are commonly personified in the media as specific people or things. The bible also personifies the phrase usually as a representation of sin

When we turn to our bibles we quickly  discover that the word for adversary is satan, and this word is used on multiple occasions to multiple people. The word for devil is also translated as slanderer, by just changing the word and trying to remove preconceptions verses often make more sense to interested friends. The way the bible personifies and uses the phrases satan and devil can often cause confusion.  The section in Wrested Scripture is particularly helpful when discussing some of the more difficult verses, and the video section will give you a broad overview of the topic.

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Explanation

  1. An Angel is referred to as Balams adversary (satan)
  2. Peter called “Satan” – simply meant he was being an Adversary to christ.
  3. By human nature, Jesus destroys the devil – a good verse showing the personification as sin. Here it says the devil has the power over death, but this is actually talking about sin – it is SIN that causes death as we will see in the final verse.
  4. The wages of SIN are death.

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Where does Evil Come From?

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Pre-Existence of Christ

Superstition on this subject dictates that christ pre-existed before his birth, the bible however informs us quite concisely of his lineage, as a promised son prophesied of throughout the old testament. This false doctrine is strongly linked to that of the trinity, despite numerous verses opposing this view, for example the fact that Jesus constantly prayed to his father eg. Matt. 26:39 this confusing belief is still strongly held.

Many verses that are used to back up this false belief go quite contrary to nature itself, and often use verses taken out of context, Wrested Scriptures is again in invaluable resource to look at specific verses, especially worth a read as believers in the existence of christ will quote verses in a way that you may not have considered if you have not been exposed to this way of thinking, often quite contrary to what the text actually says.

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Explanation

  1. Positive statement affirming Christ is the son of God, not the same.
  2. Links and expands on previous proof.
  3. Scripture states christ is a mediator between man and god.
  4. Christ lineage : David is repeatedly referred to as the father of christ, how could this be if Christ pre existed before David?

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Jesus: God the Son or Son of God?

The Trinity

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Spirit Gifts

The Holy Spirit is the power of God. (Lk. 1: 35). Consequently, what the Holy Spirit does is really what God is doing. For example, the “Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit . . . shall teach you all things” (Jn. 14:26) means simply: “God shall teach you all things through his divine power.”

The spirit gifts are given for a purpose, namely in the new testament it was to establish the gospel.

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Explanation

  1. Spirit gifts – by “laying on of hands” by the APOSTLES.
  2. Spirit gifts to be done away when the “greater is come” (the bible in its completion)
  3. The purpose of the gifts was to teach the good news.
  4. Notice that this talks about having spirit gifts UNTIL a certain point

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The Trinity

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Wearing of Hats

Paul talks about head coverings in 1 Cor 11:3, his reasonings are based upon the divine hierarchy in Gen 1:26

God is first in Status, rank, authority & power — then Christ — then Man — then Woman. Our relationship one to another must reflect the authority of this divine order.

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Explanation

  1. Let her be covered – Key verse for this bible principle.
  2. Reasons for the head covering are listed, it is clear the reasons are not cultural and are relevant today.
  3. The divine order of creation.
  4. The divine order echoed.

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Jerusalem
Central to the message of salvation in the Bible is God’s chosen race of Israel and the land which He gave to them. It was from this nation and to this land that His only begotten Son came, with the promise, made to his mother, that “the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;

and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Lk. 1:32,33).

This ‘throne of David’ was the royal seat of the kingdom of Israel in Jerusalem, which was promised by God to David’s descendants and therefore ultimately to Jesus himself (1 Chron. 17:11,12; 28:5; 29:23). Jerusalem is therefore identified as the future location of the rulership of the Lord Jesus Christ over the Kingdom of God; it will assume the role of the capital city of his worldwide régime.
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King” (Ps. 48:2); “Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD” (122:2-4); “Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God” (87:3).
Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
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WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

The great message of the Bible is that God created the earth and mankind upon it fora purpose. The Bible teaches that God is intending to establish a world-wide kingdom on earth, with His son Jesus Christ as king. When that happens, the world will be filled with “the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.” Habakkuk 2:14. Clearly this is not yet the case, and the promised kingdom is still in the future. Thus Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come.”

We reject the doctrine – that the Kingdom of God is “the church.” -This statement contains the foundation principles of what Christadelphians believe, it is not used in place of the Bible – only as a summary of the Bible’s teachings.

It outlines the gospel message and the true Bible teaching of the plan of God and how we can be associated with it.It is through a belief in these foundation principles (the gospel), their associated doctrines and baptism that one becomes “in” Christ, a brother or sister of Christ, an heir to the promises of old and in fellowship with other fellow believers, God and Jesus Christ.“That at that time (before baptism) ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”.

Memorize the key verse for this defence and mark the next verse to go to in your bible to follow through a well constructed defence, each verse leading to the next one, ending with a positive verse reinforcing biblical truth
  1. Matthew 4:23  – The kingdom was the main message of Christ’s teaching.
  2. Luke 9:1-2 – His disciples preached it.
  3. Acts 8:12 Acts 20:25 – The apostles preached it.
  4. 2 Samuel 7:12-14 & Luke 1:30-33 – Jesus Christ is the great king.
  5. Daniel 7:27 & Revelation 5:9-10 -The rulership is to be shared by the faithful.
  6. Psalm 48:2 & Matthew 5:35 – It will be centred in Jerusalem.
  7. Daniel 2:44-45 & Daniel 7:13-14 & Revelation 11:15 – It will spread over all the world displacing the present systems of rule.
  8. Isaiah 2:2-4 & Psalm 72: 1-8 – It will be a time blessing for all people.
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