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Hi Leo, thanks for the email. You wrote,
>>Dear Mark, I am a Christadelphian. No doubt you will expect me to burn in hell for ever unless I repent. <<
I would hope the best for you as you would hope for yourself. But what does Jesus say? 'Except a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom'. And, “Except ye repent, ye shall perish” (Lk.13:3-5) “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt.18:3)
So if you are not born of the Spirit (received the Holy Spirit) you will perish. Every man must have two births, one from heaven, the other from earth, one of his body, the other of his soul: without the first he cannot see nor enjoy this world, without the second he can not see nor enjoy God's kingdom. Correct “Christadelphian” doctrine denies the new birth is necessary.
>>I believe that if I am in Christ then I am Abrahams seed and an heir according to the promises given to him. I expect that the kingdom shall come and God's will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. I believe that Jerusalem is the city of the great king who will return shortly to set up his kingdom.<<
There are many who say they “believe” and believe many wonderful things. Mormons would also say what you believe. But Jesus commands, “Except a man be born of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” So in order to be “in Christ” you must come by His appointed way.
>>I believe that I am saved by Grace and not of works lest any man sholld boast.<<
Yes and Mormons say so. But all you can say is you 'hope' to be “saved”. You are not ‘saved’ but hope to be "saved." Christadelphianism teaches salvation is not just by God's "grace", but also by personal actions and intellectual effort. That is, a life long obedience to “Christadelphian” teaching.
>>I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it has the power of salvation.<<
The Christadelphian "gospel" is not the Gospel of God’s Grace. The 'gospel of the kingdom' was preached to the Jews and only to Israel. It was God's promise to them and their hope. Read Matthew; note the emphasis on the coming kingdom. This good news of the kingdom was rejected by the Jews, they crucified their 'king'.
The message of the real Christian church however, is not the gospel of the Kingdom, but the message Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and forgiveness of sins in His name Act 2:36-39. How clear is Acts 4:12?
It’s not a 'kingdom' message, but a salvation message through Christ's death and resurrection. When the Jew's rejected the king, His Kingdom could NOT be instituted (but will be in a coming day). But the gospel of grace is a message for all nations [Mt.28:19]. John Thomas focused on "the gospel of the Kingdom " ignoring "the Gospel of the Grace of God " [Ac.20:24]. He focused on one and missed the other.
>>I believe the scriptures alone can make me wise unto salvation. I believe that the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Jesus.<<
To be a Christadelphian you can only ‘believe’ what Christadelphian doctrine allows. Your definitions must agree with Christadelphian doctrine. As such you are not allowed to ‘believe’ the Father, Son and Holy Spirit bodily dwelt in Jesus. Many doctrines must be rejected or you can’t be saved. Ie the fact He was God in the flesh.
>> I have faith in God's word and i believe it if by faith I shall be saved. I cannot earn salvation. It is a free gift.I work to show my faith is not dead.<<
Since you are a Christadelphian, you are not 'saved' and you cannot say you are saved yet. Thomas and Roberts taught salvation is a life long process. Your ‘faith’ should be in what Christ has done on the cross for you, not in Christadelphian doctrine. Jesus died in your stead as the Lamb of God, a sacrifice for your sin. You are a sinner in God’s sight. Only by what He did for you can you be washed from sin.
When a person realizes nice religion, good deeds, church going, money, a life long sacrifice [etc] can’t save from sin. There is hope for them. Because only Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection freely saves and cleanse from sin. That’s good news [the gospel].
>> I am not my own. I have been bought with a price. I am a bondslave of Jesus Christ. I will do my best to serve my master despite the fact that in my flesh dwelleth no good thing. I believe it is the Fathers good pleasure to give me the kingdom therefore I fear not. I believe that the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh shall cover the Earth as the waters cover the sea.<<
All your words “grace’.. ‘faith’….’Jesus’… ‘salvation’…. ‘Godhead’…. ‘death’… ‘Father’… ‘repent’… etc, will have foreign definitions to the bible. Because Thomas (followed by Roberts) rejected Christianity and all its doctrines and redefined (made up) their own religion. So now while you use these words as if ‘I believe just like you’, yet in reality, we will agree about little.
Further more, if you really are a “bond slave of Jesus” why haven’t you obeyed His command to be born again? (Jn 1:13, 1 Pet 1:23 1 Jn.2:29 1 Jn.3:9 1 Jn.4:7 1 Jn.5:4 1 Jn.5:18). This is a 'spiritual birth’. The Greek reads ‘born from above'. Without this, you are still dead in sin. You need to become one of His children.
Tell me also why Christadelphian’s hate Christians so much? Jesus said, “All men shall know you are my disciples by you love one for another”. In my experience Christadelphian’s are bitterly opposed to Christians, with hatred beyond common sense.
>>Christ said that if I believe in him that even if I die i shall live. Leo<<
The Bible says, "The Spirit of God lives in you, if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ " [Rom.8:9].
So those who have not received the Holy Spirit are not God's Children, they are not saved. One could know Scripture perfectly, call himself His slave, even "Lord ", yet not "belong to Christ ".
Christ said, "Ye shall die in your sins if ye believe not that I AM He ". "He was in the world, the world was made by Him, yet knew Him not " [Jn.1:10]. So He was the God of the Old Testament in the flesh. The “I am” who stood before Moses. But if you insist Christ is other than Who He claimed, you shall die not ‘live’ but "die in your sins ".