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The Divine Name, ‘I Am that I Am (I will be what I will be).’ –
What does it mean?
Totally false: ‘The name is multitudinous, embracing “ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands.” J. Thomas, Phanerosis p.67

Bible Truth: The divine name of Exodus 3:14, ‘I AM,’ or ‘I will be,’ indicates the eternal unchanging nature of God. What God is, he has always been, and will forever be.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Rev 1:8

God does not mutate or multiply. He does not become other than he is.

“…for he that cometh to God must believe that he is .’ Heb 11:6

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Should Christians vote?
False: ‘They do not vote.’ Robert Roberts (Christendom Astray p.300)

The Bible: ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.’ Rom 13:1-3 RSV

Voting is both an obligation and privilege. Democratic societies allow us the right of election. Christians should use their vote to help elect those who stand for high principles and worthy policies. Those who promote family values and advocate freedom of worship should be among our first choices.

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The Holy Spirit: a power or a person?
False: ‘…”the holy spirit” is the special power, or exclusive force, which emanates from the One Eternal Spirit.’ (J Ullman ‘The First Principles’ p.23)

Truth: ‘Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’ 2 Cor 3:17

‘God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’ John 4:24 NKJV God is not impersonal power!
'And the angel answered and said to her,"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ Luke 1:35-36 NKJV Note how the Holy Spirit is distinguished from ‘the power of the Highest.’
‘Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.’ Rom 8:9

Warning: ‘Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.’ Matt 12:31-32

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Jesus Christ: a god manifestation, or God manifest?
False: ‘The Son is the manifestation of the Father in a man begotten by the Spirit.’ (Robert Roberts, Christendom Astray, p.90)

Truth: ‘That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us)’ 1 John 1:1-2 ‘

Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?’ John 14:22

Jesus isn’t ‘a god manifestation.’ He is His own unique manifestation. He manifests Himself. He is God manifest: The Bible says: ‘God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.’ 1 Tim 3:16

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Sinai --- is it the Mountain of Judgment?
These speculative words are the chapter heading in a publication entitled, ‘Events Subsequent to The Return of Christ.’ P.27

It says: ‘The scenes are suited to the sounds of the fearful trumpet that was once heard there, and the equally anxious feelings that will be induced by the setting up there of the judgment seat of Christ.’

What does the Bible say about Mt Sinai?
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.’ Heb 12:18-24


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Jesus Christ: Man become God, or God who became man?
A correct answer to the above question is vital to your salvation!

False: Writing of Christ, Dr. John Thomas said: 'He (God) turned the body into Spirit, and made it "one in nature" with Himself --- the Spirit-Son of the eternal Spirit, equal in power and glory --- GOD.' Phanerosis p.93, Logos publications.

No one ever has or ever will become God. The Bible says: ‘Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour’. Isa 43:10-11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.’ John 1:1-2,14

Note: ‘The Word was God.’ The Word didn’t become God.

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Is Jesus equal with his Father?
Barry Steele falsely stated: 'It is very evident that Jesus Christ has never been nor ever will be co-equal with his Father...' Barry Steele, Yankalilla Regional News July 2005 p.37

Mr. Steele was asked to explain his statement in consideration of the following quotes taken from Christadelphian pioneers.

Writing of Christ, Dr Thomas said: 'He (God) turned the body into Spirit, and made it "one in nature" with Himself --- the Spirit-Son of the eternal Spirit, equal in power and glory --- GOD.' Phanerosis p.93, Logos publications.

On page 94 Dr Thomas claimed the same for believers -- "like him" in body, as they have been in faith and practice --- Spirit, because born of the Spirit, and therefore God because, Spirit is God.' p.94

'Christ having died, God raised to a glorious existence, even to equality with Himself.' R.Roberts Christendom Astray p. 100, 1958

'When raised from the dead and glorified, he was exalted to "all power in heaven and earth"; his human nature was swallowed up in the divine; the flesh changed to spirit. Hence as he now exists, 'In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9) He is now the corporealisation of the life-spirit as it exists in the Deity.' C.A.94

'When created and anointed, this new creation was Eternal Power manifest in flesh; and when resurrected and glorified, that flesh was transformed into Spirit, or Deity -- a substantial corporeal entity, called by Paul a "Quickening Spirit," and "the Lord the Spirit." Eureka Vol 1: p.408 Logos publications.

'In other words, he (Christ) partakes of the Divine Nature; so that what he now is - is what the Deity has always been.' Eureka Vol 1 p.95

Barry Steele says that ‘Jesus Christ has never been nor ever will be co-equal with his Father...' Yet, Christadelphian pioneers say that he became equal to the Father. Mr Steele was contacted in early August of 2005 and again on 13th September.
To date, no reply has been received.


What does the Bible say about the equality of Jesus with His Father? --

‘Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.’ John 5:18

‘Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.’ Phil 2:6

‘To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.’ Isa 40:25

Jesus didn’t ‘become’ God as Christadelphian pioneers taught. He ‘was God.’ See John 1:1 He said, ‘I and the Father are one.’ John 10:30


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What is the Gospel? Can it be Perverted?
False: "The gospel is styled 'the one faith', because it is made up of things which require faith to receive them." (Robert Roberts C.A. p. 228)

Truth: "Moreover, bretheren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Cor 15:1-4.

"For Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Cor 1:17-18. "We preach Christ crucified" v23.

Warning: "Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so we say again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Gal 1:3-9.

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Can Young Children be Saved?
What is the future state of those who die young?

Robert Roberts writes: ‘Those who are excluded from eternal life --- includes those whose misfortunes prevent them from believing – such as idiots and very young children.’ Christendom Astray p.54

What a horrible trauma for those who tragically lose a child--- and how unscriptural!
Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 19:14

Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the midst of the sea.’
Matthew 18:5-6

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.’
Matthew 18:10

‘Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’ Matthew 18:14

Note: ‘Little ones’ explicitly refers to little children.


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Why was Jesus Baptised?
--- did he need to be?

John’s was a baptism of repentance and Jesus had nothing to repent of. John the Baptist said, ‘I have need to be baptised by Thee and Thou comest to me?’ Jesus said, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting to fulfil all righteousness.

Jesus was plunged into the same river as sinners – indicative of his mission. 1 Tim 1:15 --- and illustrative of the Bible principle of transference and imputation.

The baptism of Jesus marked the commencement of his ministry and signified it’s fulfilment in death and resurrection.

As he emerged from the water a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, ’ and the Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove – a symbol of purity and peace.

The baptism of Jesus shows us the beautiful relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in whose name believers are to be baptised. Matthew 28:19


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To the reader:
You have read some of the most wonderful promises and assurances found in the Bible. Have you responded to them? Have you responded to the one who gave himself to save you for all eternity?

What is required?

a. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and unworthy of the grace of God.
b. Ask the Lord to forgive you and cleanse you from sin.
c. Ask Christ to come into your life and make you a new person.2Cor 5:17
d. Commit your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and live for him.
e. Be baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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