Can you find the CBM Christadelphian
in this picture?
"The next ecclesia had severe problems, theft of money, immoral behaviour, and a split amongst the brotherhood existed that led to shouting and recriminations between two groups. There had been threats of violence to brothers, and the number of members had dropped from 80 to 17 as members drifted away from the unhealthy situation. An ecclesial business meeting was held and a new Rec Bro chosen. A warning was given by CBM that unless a radical change of behaviour was seen during the next year then the ecclesia would be closed down..."
What gives the CBM the right to close ecclesias down? Where do we read in the 'Ecclesial Guide' that black African Christadelphians are not allowed the principle of 'ecclesial autonomy'? Where do we read in the New Testament that a Christadelphian papacy can dictate to black ecclesias, but not to white? If members of a white Birmingham ecclesia in the UK started assaulting each other who would close it down? No one. Other ecclesias would distance themselves from it, but it goes against Christadelphian theology to have an outside authority controlling the ecclesias at a distance, or even on another continent.
At the present rate of expansion we might soon see the majority of Christadelphians on the planet under CBM control because the ecclesias in the Developed World are fast contracting as the elderly die and are not replaced by the young.
The CBM dictates what these ecclesias must believe and how they must behave. But CBM thinking does not necessarily reflect what is happening in the non-CBM ecclesias in the Developed World. In many of the white non CBM ecclesias, marriage and divorce, marriage outside the faith, voting, jury duty, going to law and even going to law against brethren and sisters (for example the Christadelphian Office seeking to coerce Christadelphians to not replicate their material because of legal copyright), belief in Evolution, belief in the great age of the Earth, disbelief in the Noah's Global Food myth and many other things are all allowed to the whites, but not to CBM controlled black African ecclesias and Christadelphians.
This extends to Chinese Christadelphians. Two Australian ACBM white brethren recently flew to Taipei ecclesia in Taiwan to arrange the disfellowshipping of brother Jonathan Burke for believing in Evolution; something that would be tolerated and is tolerated in many white ecclesias.
Black African ecclesias need to wake up to this Christadelphian apartheid. They ARE treated differently to the white Christadelphians. The CBM and ACBM religion is NOT the same thing as the Christadelphian religion. It is more extreme and unforgiving.
Look at the picture from the CBM website at the start of this article showing a white CBM Christadelphian standing aside from the black Christadelphians. This picture shows what is going on inside the minds of white CBM Christadelphians. It's a selfie of a white brother standing near, but not with, the natives, to show to his white ecclesia back home and to upload to the CBM magazine and website.
This Victorian British, colonial, racist, 'white man's burden' approach to religion is not healthy. Black African Christadelphians should revolt against CBM rule and establish their independence. Black lives matter within the Christadelphian religion and racial equality must prevail over CBM dictates and discrimination.