New Ex-Christadelphians - May 2014

Jubilant Ex-Christadelphians
celebrating their escape
from the religion 
A very big welcome to these people who recently left the Christadelphians.

Rachel Pearson - Bury St Edmunds UK ecclesia - Resigned
George Parkin - Dunstable UK ecclesia - Resigned
Elizabeth O'Brien - Newport UK ecclesia - Resigned
David Blake - Grimsby UK ecclesia - Disfellowshipped

We invite them to join the Ex-Christadelphians Facebook group to socialise and discuss with over one hundred and sixty other Ex-Christadelphians.
It's time for Ex-Christadelphians to party when
we hear of new resignations and Christadelphians
being kicked out of the religion.  :)
Richard Benson (Walsall ecclesia) has convinced us that it would be better if we did not give the reasons why members have been disfellowshipped. We urge Andrew Bramhill at the Christadelphian Office to follow our example and give people the same respect when he announces their ejection from the Christadelphian community.

Some of the reasons for disfellowshipping given in the Christadelphian magazine may be defamatory and amount to libel. For example "For conduct unbecoming of a brother of Christ" etc. Christadelphians may think such things, but they should not be saying or writing them, or them could be violating civil law and exposing themselves to action in Court.




My new puppies
(This picture relates to something in the comments below)


25 comments:

  1. I left the Christadelphian Community on Sunday, 6th September 2015. I couldn't stand the Dogma, Legalism, Hypocrisy and most of them having a different spirit to the Spirit of Christ

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    1. Thanks for that. Welcome to the Ex-Christadelphians. I imagine that you remain a Theist. Lots of Ex-Christadelphians are Theists; we are OK with that, even though we mostly argue against Theism on this website.

      Would you be willing to write an article for us explaining in more detail why you left the CDs.?

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    2. No personal judgement, but I don't think too many in the community would be happy with an aspiring Councillor / MP being in the community. Christadelphian fellowships have split over less. Isn't there a doctrine to be rejected about that?

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    3. JJ: You are thinking like a Christadelphian. Please stop thinking that way or your brain will implode.

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    4. John: To be part of a community you need to understand how it ticks to avoid causing outrage. That doesn't require you to agree with every detail of the community.

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    5. I was joking. I should have out a :) at the end of my comment.

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    6. Yeah, I sometimes take things too literally.

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    7. Heard anything from Adrian? I would be interested in his testimony.

      It does look to me like political involvement was a strong factor. He has a long document on whether Christians should be involved in politics and voting from May 2015, and his Twitter account looks like it became actively political in promoting him as a candidate on 6 September. It is an area of Christadelphian doctrine and practice that has been much more actively questioned in the last 5 - 10 years as people develop (and publicise) their own views on the Internet rather than just accepting the standard Christadelphian line. In particular, it was one of Rob Hyndman's first musings, and, as the comments thread there shows, one of his most controversial.

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    8. No; I have not heard any more from Adrian.He told me to call him but did not give a number. That's not his real name. Email me for more in confidence.

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  2. Yes. It is my real name.Yes, I Resigned after being threatened with Disfellowship over my involvement in Politics

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  3. I don't stand by all of my earlier comments. I was very angry and frustrated when I posted that

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    1. Don't worry. We think it's cool to change your mind. After all, we are 'Ex'-Christadelphians. :)What's all this about "animal protection and welfare" ? Is that your line of work? That sounds very Ex-Christadelphian to me. I think that all Ex-Christadelphians should be vegetarians.

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    2. I care about animal suffering in the World, particularly needless suffering, such as hunting, but also the eating of meat when it is not necessary for human survival or health.

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    3. I think that it is morally enlightened to respect animal rights. In a universe without God we have to make the rules and harming sentient animals must not be allowed. By harming animals we disrespect them and in so doing we disrespect ourselves, because we show that we are not morally enlightened.

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    4. My main concern is their unnecessary suffering through maltreatment, death and bereavement.

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    5. I treat my dogs like children. See a picture of my new puppies at the end of the article above. I even provide them with a pillow to rest their heads on! :)

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  4. Both of my cats sleep on my bed and the oldest one sleeps on my pillow when I am not there

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    1. You can pick up worms and eye infections if you allow dogs to do that.

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    2. I used to let my pet boa-constrictor sleep with my cats. It was a mistake to do this.

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    3. So now you're an Ex-Constrictordelphian?

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    4. John, sadly this is so. He had to go. I was running out of cats faster than I could count them. It was a CATastrophe.

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    5. I have a black cat called Jasmine who chose the girls and I at the cat's home about 3 years ago. I also have a ripped up old black tomcat called Winston (after the character in 1984). He wandered in about 18 months ago looking for his tea and a bed for the night. He soon realised that he could sit next to the log burner, get regular chicken dinners, share a pack of salt and vinegar crisps, and sneak into peoples beds when they were too drunk or tired to notice.I am sure he thinks well of me for picking up the odd roadkill pheasant for a shared dinner ( He drools all over the place). He gets into the odd argument with Jasmine over the best seating position, and order of dinner service,and like all insecure old tomcats he wees up stuff occasionally, (it's best to hang the shopping bags off the coathooks), and he leaves fur in my chair, but that's about it. By contrast, the Christadelphians who used to come here liked to order a big takeaway, give me the bill,complain that my beer was not a good enough brand (but drink it all the same) and f?$k off to bible class leaving me the leftovers to eat and the mess to clear up, and if my views differed from theirs, I got a lecture on how I needed more bible study, and a load of crap about fulfilled prophecy, the kingdom age, how my family are apostates, and other assorted shit that they had dreamt up.
      We have had the occasional outbreak of fleas, but never an infection of Young Earth Creationism that seems to be incurable.
      In order to stem the tide of UK ecclesial closures, many more Christadelphians will need to leave their worldly goods to "The Brethren" to keep "The Meeting" open until the "soon" or "imminent" return that is. I shall be happy to leave mine to the cat's home.

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    6. Mancott: The problem of suffering cats is the reason why many Constrictordelphians deconvert and stop believing in the big snake. If Boas were such a great pet, why would they allow cats to suffer and die?

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    7. John: It`s not so much "suffer and die", with Boas it`s 'Stuff Her' and die. Which is pretty much what the great Genesis snake did. He stuffed Eve with convincing talk and ... So, it is a lesson to Constrictordelphians not to become enfolded in the convincing arms of the big snake.

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