Bible Truth & Prophecy | The Year 2017 Or “The year of Commemorations” Part 2 - 1847 John Thomas
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The Year 2017 – Or “The year of Commemorations”

1847       John Thomas makes his Confession, Abjuration and Declaration and is baptised

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In this second of a 6 part series by Beulah Edwards, we will consider John Thomas, who, in 1847 set in motion the foundation for the Christadelphian fellowship by being re-baptised and issues Confession, Abjuration and Declaration of the things he now believed, stating “”after a journey of fourteen years, I had found the truth, which on the ocean I declared I would not rest till I had found”.

1847 John Thomas

John Thomas, a medical doctor, had been reared with a profound veneration of the Word of God. As a result he became a diligent student of the Word of God. Moving to America, he travelled throughout the eastern states, speaking to a number of protestant groups, being loosely attached to Campbellism (the Church of Christ). As his Bible knowledge progressed, he spoke about the reign of Christ on David’s throne, the restoration of the Jews to their own land, the millennium, and destiny of the wicked and the non-immortality of the soul,[1]

Such teaching was new to many church attendees. When challenged, John Thomas realised how far his understanding had progressed from the standard Church doctrines. As a result, he was baptised (for a second time, but now into the Gospel as outlined to Abraham). He wrote a document “Confession, Abjuration and Declaration” to outline the Biblical truths that he was now convinced formed the basis of an acceptable Bible understanding.

This Confession began his pioneer work in the 19th century in proclaiming “the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ”. Over the next number of years, he spoke in both America and the United Kingdom. Out of this work arose a body of people who became known as Christadelphians, and they continue to function in many parts of the world today.

[1] Roberts, Robert, Dr Thomas: His Life and Work p121

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