The founder of the Christadelphian
religion opposed the freeing of
black African slaves in the US
The Christadelphian house is a religion constructed on the foundation of the teachings of Dr John Thomas; a medical doctor who lived in various parts of the United States prior to the American Civil War. These teachings were the result of a long period of sixteen years in which he evolved and changed his interpretation of the Bible until he arrived at an explanation that he thought was the truth.
There is no reliable way in which we can test much of the accuracy of Thomas's interpretation of Scripture. If he is wrong we will never know because we will stay in our graves until the end of the Universe and never be resurrected. If he is right we will be raised to the judgement seat of Christ and some will be rewarded, while Atheists like me will be given a hard time.
However some aspects of Dr Thomas's ability to interpret the Bible can be tested by considering his success at interpreting Bible prophecy with regard to events that are now in the past. The nature of the man's character can also be assessed through a consideration of the way that he wrote and the moral judgements that he made.
I propose to test both of these things by quoting two different writings of Dr John Thomas for your consideration.
Christ will return - in 1866
|Did Christ return in 1866|
as predicted by John Thomas?
Dr Thomas's inability to correctly interpret scripture can be demonstrate by the following glaring mistake in the "Apostolic Advocate" magazine that he edited. I quote Volume 1 (1834) where he predicted the return of Christ in 1866:
"There is a part of prophetic time, upon the heels of which, our race is now treading, called “the time of the end”—“a time of trouble,” says the Messenger of God, “such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” Dan. 12:1. This short space of time is called by Isaiah “the day of vengeance.” It begins at the end of 1260 years from the rise of Mohammed, or from a few years before, at the institution of the politico ecclesiastical tyranny of the papacy. If the 1260 years begins with the rise of Mohammed it will end A.D. 1866, but if, from the latter date, A.D. 1847. From the year 47 or 66 of this century, or between these data, or at least, very soon after the latter, this, “time of the end” begins.""The Everlasting Nigger"
This was a phrase of contempt used by defenders of slavery prior to the American Civil War who opposed the freeing of the Negro Slaves in the Sothern States of America. Black people were thought by them to be lazy and stupid and that this condition would never change because they were sub-human, like animals. Therefore they used the term "The Everlasting Nigger" of their African slaves.
When Dr John Thomas lived in Richmond Virginia he is known to have purchased and owned four negro slaves.
|Christadelphian founder John Thomas would|
have purchased his black African slaves
at a market like this
It shows slave owner Christadelphian founder Thomas using the derogatory term "The everlasting nigger" when condemning other religious groups to his own, who were agitating for the emancipation and freeing of black slaves in the Southern States.
It continues to ridicule and condemn those who were "the loudest brawlers for negro freedom."
West Hoboken, Hudson Co., N. Jersey,
Dec. 11, 1865
Dec. 11, 1865
"Dear Bro. Roberts,
Grace, mercy, and peace from the Father Deity, and His Son Jesus Anointed, our Elder Brother, High Priest, and Lord: and may He soon come for our deliverance from this present evil world, and the machinations of all knaves and hypocrites, in which it abounds greatly......................................
African Christadelphians are following
a religion founded by someone who
called them "the everlasting nigger"
We have a great many speculators in the faith on this side the Atlantic. Mere theorists, who are a sort of amalgam made up of a little Storrism, a little Adventism, a little Campbellism, .......... and “the everlasting nigger” are the prolific “head-centres.” ..................................Thus, the loudest brawlers for negro freedom have proved themselves the most savage of tyrants; ..............................................
But I must conclude, wishing you and all the faithful with you all spiritual blessings in Christ; and that he may come soon and find us watching and prepared is the earnest prayer of
I leave it to my readers judgement to decide if the Christadelphian house is built on a rock foundation of reliable Biblical interpretation and admirable moral integrity, or if it is resting on the work of a misguided, empty headed Bible hustler fantasising about the return of Christ while his home was serviced by black human beings shipped from Africa in appalling conditions, purchased at the local slave market, without pay, rights or human dignity to please their Christadelphian founder owner who mocked those who wanted them freed.