I was shocked today when a correspondent alerted me to the fact that the Christadelphian Office (CMPA) are still proudly publishing a total of fourteen books and booklets authored by their disgraced former editor, Michael Ashton.
In 2011 Brother Ashton was accused of allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from Christadelphians during his decade as editor of the Christadelphian magazine. According to the CMPA he admitted these actions. He was disfellowshiped by his ecclesia for this behaviour, for "Conduct unbecoming of a Brother of Christ."
Click here for more details of this scandal.
The trustees who were charged with the oversight of the CMPA did not resigned over their role in this debacle.
Now they offer us books and booklets written by Brother Ashton, so that we can learn Christadelphian teaching about the Bible and be instructed how we should conduct our lives. It must be self evident to anyone with an ounce of common sense, that if a religion allows criminals to pontificate on moral issues, then it is on the road to ruin.
The following books and booklets written by Mike Ashton are advertised for sale on the CMPA website and at the Christadelphian Office in Birmingham UK.
|Can we trust the CMPA writers?|
The Beauty of Holiness - by Michael Ashton
Chronicles of the Kings - by Michael Ashton
The Exiles Return - by Michael Ashton
Miracles, Wonders and Signs - by Michael Ashton
The Challenge of Corinthians - by Michael Ashton
Tabernacle Study Guide - by Michael Ashton
Revelation Study Guide - by Michael Ashton
Samuel the Seer - by Michael Ashton
The Danger of Cults - by Michael Ashton
Satanism of Christianity - by Michael Ashton
Spiritualism - by Michael Ashton
Sunday and the Sabbath - by Michael Ashton
Women Priests - by Michael Ashton
What do Christadelphians think that they are going to learn from this author? Are they looking for ways to crack a safe or forge documents? Do they want to know how to hotwire a car or hold up a bank? Do they need advice about breaking into houses or throwing concrete blocks through the windows of jewellery shops?
What is going on in the religion that they are so short of good authors that they have to promote books written by someone who allegedly stole from them?
How can we trust the judgement of such a person? Why would we want to learn morality from brother Ashton? What would HE know about spirituality or enlightenment?
For Mike to have done what he did, there must have been something deeply flawed in his thinking. It is nothing short of lunacy for the CMPA to recommend that we study his writings.
|The Christadelphian Office|
How can anyone trust the contents of any CMPA publication when the trustees behave like this?
This matter stinks and those books stink to high heaven. They should be burned, or thrown onto a landfill site to rid the Christadelphian community of this iniquity.
This is a serious error of judgement by the CMPA. We Unbelievers and Ex-Christadelphians are once again laughing at their bungling incompetence and lack of common-sense.
We are thankful that we left the religion and we urge existing members to recognise that their teachers and authors have no credibility or talent. They should be ignored when they pontificate on the meaning and interpretation of the Bible, because it is obvious that they know nothing.
FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS SUBJECT IS NOW CLOSED